Downtown Stockton at Night

Stockton Facts

History

  • Prior to its incorporation in 1850, Stockton had several names, including 'Tuleburg', 'Gas City' and 'Mudville'.
  • Captain Charles M. Weber chose to honor Commodore Robert F. Stockton by naming the city in honor of Stockton, who was instrumental in the capture of California during the Mexican-American War.
  • Stockton was the first community in California to have a name not of Spanish or Native American origin.
  • Home to California’s oldest university. In 1851, University of the Pacific became California's first chartered institution of higher education. 

Population

  • 2013 Population Estimate: 300,899
  • 13th Largest City in California (out of 478)
  • 64th Largest City in United States (2010)

Location

  • Home to the largest inland seaport in California. The Port of Stockton is the easternmost inland seaport in California.
  • Interstate 5 and Highway 99 are at their closest in Stockton
  • 83 miles to San Francisco
  • 101 Miles to South Lake Tahoe

Weather

  • 184 sunny days per year with an average annual temperature of 74.6 degrees
  • Average Precipitation: 13.84 inches

Leisure

  • Stockton’s Asparagus Festival attracts over 100,000 visitors each year.
  • The historic Bob Hope Theatre (formerly Fox Theatre) in downtown Stockton is one of only two 'movie palaces' in the Central Valley.

Famous Stocktonians

  • Ace Andres - Singer/Songwriter/Lead Guitarist
  • Warren Atherton - Lawmaker/Presidential Adviser
  • Darrin Atkins - Author
  • Dave Brubeck - Jazz Musician
  • James H. Budd - Governor of California (1895-1899)
  • Carol Corrigan - Jurist
  • Leonard Gardner - Author of the novel Fat City, which was later made into a film directed by John Huston.
  • Daniel Goleman - Psychologist
  • Jose Hernandez - Astronaut and Engineer
  • Benjamin Holt - Inventor
  • Chris Isaak - Singer/Songwriter
  • Maxine Hong Kingston - Author
  • Janet Leigh - Actress
  • Pavement - Renowned indie rock band
  • Grant-Lee Phillips - Singer/Songwriter; member of alternative rock band Grant Lee Buffalo
  • Webster M. Slaughter - NFL Wide Receiver
  • Alex Spanos - Billionaire Real Estate Developer; Owner of the San Diego Chargers
  • Amos Alonzo Stagg - Football Coach

Movies Filmed in Stockton

  • 7 Brides for 7 Brothers
  • All the King's Men
  • Always
  • American Graffiti II
  • An American Murder
  • The Big Valley
  • Atlanta Child Murders
  • Birdy
  • Blind Man Sees Farthest (short flick)
  • Blood Alley
  • Bound for Glory
  • Coast to Coast
  • Cool Hand Luke
  • Coyote (not widely distributed)
  • Dead Man on Campus
  • Dirty Mary Crazy Larry
  • Dreamscape
  • Fat City
  • Flubber
  • Friendly Fire
  • Glory Days
  • God's Little Acre
  • High Time
  • Hot Shots! Part Deux
  • Jungle Wolf II
  • More American Graffiti
  • Oklahoma Crude
  • Porgy & Bess
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Rampage
  • RPM
  • Sam Whiskey
  • Skipping
  • Strawberry Statement
  • Take the Money and Run
  • The Big Country
  • The Sure Thing
  • This is Spinal Tap
  • Valentino's Return
  • Valley Girl
  • World's Greatest Athlete

Awards and Recognitions

  • Three-times named an All-America City: 1999, 2004, 2015.
  • Named by Sunset magazine as one of the “West’s Best Places to Live” in 2002.
  • With over 100,000 trees, Stockton was thrice named 'best tree city' in the western United States by Sunset magazine.
  • Asparagus Festival  was named a “Best of the West” Food Fest in 2000.