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What should you know about Stockton, California if you decided to move?

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1. Geography

Stockton, located in the San Joaquin Valley, is the 13th largest city in the State of California­­ with a total area of 64.8 square miles, of which 61.7 square miles is land and 3.1 square miles is water.

Thousands of miles of waterways (in the city and around it) form the California Delta.

1.a Climate

Stockton’s hot-summer Mediterranean climate features hot, dry summers and mild winters. The July high is around 93 degrees while the January low is 38.

In general, temperatures variations are much greater in this location than in the nearby Bay Area.

Most of precipitation falls from October through April. The city gets 16 inches of rain per year and the number of days with any measurable precipitation is 39.

During winter, tule fog that comes from the ocean, blankets the area.

On average, you will enjoy 257 sunny days per year, if you move to Stockton.

2. Economy

Today, several companies, including telecommunications and manufacturing base their regional operations in Stockton - which has been known as an agricultural community since it was funded in

Top employers in the city are: San Joaquin County, Stockton Unified School District, St. Joseph's Medical Center, OG Packing, California Division of Juvenile Justice, Diamond Foods, City of Stockton, Dameron Hospital, North California Youth Center, and University of the Pacific.

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3. Education

Four public school districts serve the community: Stockton Unified School District, Lincoln Unified School District, Lodi Unified School District, and Manteca Unified School District.

In addition, residents have access to the following public charter school systems: Aspire Public Schools, Stockton Collegiate, Stockton Unified Early College Academy, and Venture Academy.

The community is also served by more than 40 private elementary and secondary schools like Saint Mary's High School.

For higher education, residents have plenty of options, including these prestigious institutions: The University of the Pacific (which offers a large number of degree programs), National University (the second largest private university in the state), San Joaquin Delta College - features Distance Learning Education and Internet Classes, California State University, Stanislaus Humphreys College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees such as a Jurist Doctorate from the Laurence Drivon School of Law; Kaplan College of Stockton; Christian Life College offers Associate and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Bible and Theology or Christian Music; MTI Business College, and UEI College.

3.a Library

The Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library comprises 13 branches, and a Mobile Library. Services offered by the system include: literacy services via a mobile family literacy unit known as Training Wheels; best sellers, movies, music, a rich collection of books on just about dozens of subjects; parent resources, employment resources, electronic resources, computer training, programs for children, active teen committees, homework assistance, and many other services.

4. Government

Stockton operates under a council-manager governance structure that combines the policy leadership of elected officials on the City Council, with the managerial expertise of an appointed city manager.

The Stockton City Council (the legislative body that represents the community), is composed of the Mayor, who is elected by the community at large and is responsible for recommending policy, program, and budget priorities to the City Council; and 6 council members who are elected by voters in districts and are responsible to formulate citywide policy, adopt laws/ordinances, and approve budgets.

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5. Infrastructure

5.a Transportation

Major highways that pass through the city are Interstate 5 and State Route 99. Stockton is also  located just within an hour of Interstate 80, Interstate 205 and Interstate 580.

The city connects with the San Francisco Bay Area, and the foothills of Sierra Nevada via the State Route 4 and the dredged San Joaquin River.

Stockton is also connected to the rest of the country through a network of railways provided by Amtrak.

Both companies, Amtrak and Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) make stops in the community.

The two largest railroad networks in North America, Union Pacific and BNSF Railway, service the community and its port through the Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad and Central California Traction Company.

Sacramento and Stockton are California's only inland sea ports.

Stockton is centrally located with access to:

The Port of Stockton, an international deep-water port (built on the San Joaquin River), operates a 4,200 acres transportation center with space for 17 vessels larger than 900 ft in length.

The Stockton Metropolitan Airport is used by manufacturing and agricultural companies for shipping purposes, as well as for domestic transportation services.

5.b Utilities

The City of Stockton and California Water Service Company (Cal Water) provide Water services in the community.

Waste collection services are provided at a fixed rate and include: recycling, street sweeping and a free neighborhood cleanup program - that takes place each year.

Waste collection services provide residents with three wheeled carts - one for trash, one for recycling and one for green/food waste - at a low monthly cost.

6. Point of Interest

When it comes to have access to beautiful, modern, and equipped facilities for both large and small reunions and events, the City of Stockton has plenty. Some of these spaces include: Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium, Weber Point Events Center, Dean DeCarli Waterfront Plaza, Janet Leigh Plaza, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Victory Park Rose Garden, Mobile Stage (a portable special event stage that can be rented for events and productions such as concerts, recreation programs, and community shows).

Art, Music and Theater can be enjoyed at the Stockton Arena, Stockton Ballpark, Bob Hope Theatre, and at the Oak Park Ice Arena.

Children's Museum of Stockton features interactive exhibits, programming and workshops as a fun way to learn and discover.

Haggin Museum displays dozens of paintings by renowned 19th- and early 20th-century American and European artists, including:

  • Jean Béraud;
  • Rosa Bonheur;
  • William Bouguereau;
  • Jean-Léon Gérôme;
  • George Inness,
  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir;
  • Albert Bierstadt (panoramas of Yosemite Valley),
  • J.C. Leyendecker.

The 63 parks located in Stockton, range from two-acre neighborhood sites to 64-acre community parks. Each one of them offer different amenities and services such as: picnic areas, football & soccer fields, assorted game courts, swimming pools, ball diamonds, tot lots, fountains, tennis courts and more.

Parks in the city include: the Pixie Woods Children's Playland and Stockton Skate Park.

For those who love golfing, the City of Stockton offers two 18-hole courses and a Par 3 Executive Course, plus a wide array of amenities for members.

Both courses have easy access to Interstate 5.

If you are moving to Stockton with your furry babies, you will able to entertaining them in three different dog parks:

1. Barkleyville Dog Park, located at 5505 Feather River Drive (just south of Fourteen Mile Slough), features: a big dog (over 20 lbs.) area; a small dog (20 lbs. and under) area; and a separate play/agility course, as well as other amenities such as benches, dog water fountains and waste bags.

2. Michael Faklis Park, located at 5250 Cosumnes Drive, has a special area dedicated to dogs. 

3. P.E. Weston Park has also special area dedicated to dogs, and it is situated at the corner of EWS Woods Blvd and Ishi Goto Street.

If you are ready to visit all these attractions on a regular basis, and live in a community that provides plenty of opportunities and resources, our Stockton movers are more than happy to help you get there in no time.

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