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Learn About Stockton, California

Discover more about this waterfront city located in California’s Central Valley.

Looking for a destination that combines culture, rich history, shopping, and culinary delights? One that is close to major urban attractions as well as natural beauty and outdoor adventure? Experience it all in the city of Stockton, CA. Settle in at a charming Stockton California hotels, relax under sunny skies, and map out the activities for a day, a week, or longer. While you’re in town, cheer for one of our professional sports teams, pick up a treasure along the “Miracle Mile” or take a tour of nearby Lodi wine country.

Next stop? San Francisco, or maybe Yosemite. The adventure never ends when you start at the heart of California’s famous Central Valley.

Stockton Today

Stockton is the County seat for San Joaquin County. The City of Stockton is one of California’s fastest growing communities. Stockton is currently the 13th largest city in California with a dynamic, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural population of more than 310,000. It is situated along the San Joaquin Delta waterway which connects to the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. Stockton is located 60 miles east of the San Francisco Bay Area, 83 miles east of San Francisco, and 45 miles south of Sacramento, the capital of California. Stockton has an airport offering service to Phoenix and Las Vegas (on Allegiant Airlines). Visitors may also fly into Sacramento, Oakland or San Francisco.

In the mid-2000’s Stockton underwent a tremendous economic expansion and continues to aggressively revitalize its downtown. Projects in the downtown area along the waterfront include an indoor arena, baseball stadium and waterfront hotel. A 16-screen downtown City Centre Cinemas was completed in December 2003. The Bob Hope (Fox) California Theatre, listed on the National List of Historic Landmarks recently completed a total renovation and hosts live performances regularly. The arena hosts the Stockton Kings (NBA G-League) basketball team, as well as year-round family and cultural events and concerts. Adjacent to the Stockton Arena is the Stockton Ballpark, home of the Stockton Ports Single A Baseball Team (Oakland A’s affiliate).

Stockton offers an excellent quality of life for its residents. The City has a number of beautiful residential communities along waterways, with single-family homes costing about one-third the price of homes in the Bay Area. With over 100,000 trees, Stockton has been recognized by Sunset Magazine as the "Best Tree City" in the western United States. In 1999, 2004, 2015, 2017, and 2018, Stockton was designated an All-America City by the National Civic League.

Stockton also has outstanding recreational opportunities. Stockton is within close proximity to world famous scenic attractions including the California Coast, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park. The community offers many local recreational opportunities such as professional sports teams , an olympic size ice rink, and the Delta, which provides thousands of miles of waterways for water skiing, sailing and other water activities. There are also many opportunities to enjoy music, theater, dance, literary events, and other cultural and entertainment activities throughout the year. The city also boasts the 95 year old Stockton Symphony, a nearly 70 year old Stockton Civic Theatre, and the 90 year old Haggin Museum.

The city is home to several well-known higher educational institutions including the University of the Pacific, California State University Stanislaus-Stockton, San Joaquin Delta Community College, Humphreys University and School of Law, as well as a variety of private and vocational schools.

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