Modesto is a city of around 200,000 in California, USA. It is the largest city and county seat of Stanislaus County, located in Northern California’s Central Valley, some 90 miles east and inland from San Francisco. Expats living in Modesto will enjoy a city that has been ranked 8th for housing affordability by Forbes Magazine and also rated in the top 50 for “Best Bang for the Buck Cities”. The city’s motto is "Water Wealth Contentment Health" and Modesto is also home to the world’s largest winery, belonging to E & J Gallo. This locally well-known family has also played its part in establishing the Gallo Center for the Arts, which is one of the city’s major cultural centers. Modesto was the inspiration for George Lucas’ film “American Graffiti”, which celebrated teenage life in the USA. This is recalled by the Lucas Plaza Statue, which features two teenagers and a 1957 Chevy. InterNations is the perfect way for expats living in Modesto to connect with each other in order to learn more about this handsome city, or simply socialize and network.
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Modesto is well served by one of the busiest rail routes in the US, with numerous daily connections to Oakland, Bakersfield and Sacramento and Modesto City-County Airport provides connections to San Francisco International Airport. Major highways connecting Modesto to the national road network include Interstates 5 and 580 and California State Routes 99, 108 and 132. The city is thus well connected to the Bay Area, Oakdale and the foothills. Expats relocating to Modesto will find a revitalized downtown area known as “DOMO” and many pleasant residential areas. Schools in the city include Modesto High School, where expatriate children could benefit from the International Baccalaureate program. Expatriates moving to Modesto can find out more about the opportunities for housing and education in the city by consulting other expats in Modesto and its surrounding areas via InterNations.
Modesto has a large agricultural economy, thanks to the surrounding fertile farmland, and is also a major wine producing area. It is an important producer of almonds, poultry, milk, walnuts and silage. E & J Gallo Winery is the city’s largest employer, with a staff of more than 3,000, while other food companies similarly make up many of Modesto’s largest employers. The education and health sectors are other big employers and there are many smaller steel working firms in the area. At InterNations, expatriates in Modesto can find out more about the economy and job opportunities from other internationally focused individuals and network with these global minds. In addition, our Expat Magazine is another excellent resource for information on the expatriate lifestyle in general, from tips for moving abroad with a family to details on international banking.