Discover why we believe Stockton should be on your list of places to live, invest, and explore.
Yes, we know there are a lot of options in Northern California, we get it. But you may want to consider a city that is large enough to have all of the big town amenities, but small enough to maintain that hometown feel. Yes, as a big city (over 300,000 residents - the 13th largest in California) we have had our share of challenges, but there is a sense of energy, a sense of pride here. Now is our time to grow, our time to invest, and our time to fly.
Whether you are looking for a large warehouse or manufacturing space, or an old historic building in downtown, Stockton still has plenty of room to grow. With market-rate live-work housing and private investment coming to our historic waterfront downtown, now is the time to become part of the fabric of this vibrant community. There are plenty of opportunities to buy or lease many beautiful old brick buildings that will serve your needs and open doors for growth. We even have empty lots where you can build your own vision for the future.
Stockton is still a great place to buy a home! Affordability has always been our thing, but partner that with some really beautiful neighborhoods and an easy commute to work, it's a match made in heaven. Live on the water, live on a farm, live near the university, or live near shopping and dining - it's your choice.
But what does that mean for you or your business? Stockton residents enjoy the city's proximity to the outdoor recreation and beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east (ski resorts are just 2 hours away), and the amazing opportunities for fun in the San Francisco Bay Area region to the west (San Francisco is 75 miles due east). Just 45 minutes north is our state capitol, Sacramento, and to the south there is an abundance of fertile land throughout California's Central Valley.
Stockton is also a transportation hub! With Interstate 5 and Highway 99 running North/South through Stockton, and Highway's 4,12, and 88 running East/West, you'll find it easy to get around California. We also have Stockton Metropolitan Airport, featuring fights for business and leisure travel, and global service via cargo planes and private jets. And yes, we also have the farthest inland port in the state, with ships coming in and out delivering bulk product around the world.
A city founded by immigrants during the Gold Rush, Stockton has a rich history of diversity and acceptance. You can see that displayed throughout the city with a wide variety of ethnic dining and shopping experiences from around the world, many sourcing locally grown produce into their cuisine.
Arts abound in Stockton with one of the most amazing fine art collections in California at the Haggin Museum, the third longest-running symphony in California, an active civic theatre, and many more galleries, arts organizations and activities.
Our diversity is also celebrated year round with many cultural festivals, events and gatherings celebrating the food, arts, and people of our city. In fact, in January of 2020 US News & World Report named Stockton the most racially and ethnically diverse city in the nation.
There is a lot to love about Stockton, California. Forget what you think you know, and see why we have become the city we are today. The Mediterranean climate, the delta breezes, and the beautiful summer sunsets are just the start. We are home to great schools, both public and charter. We have one of the best rated junior colleges in the state - San Joaquin Delta College, a home-grown non-profit university - Humphrey's University, and we are home to University of the Pacific, California's first chartered institution of higher learning, which also has one beautiful campus.
What about professional sports? We are home to three teams! The Stockton Ports, the Single A affiliate of the Oakland A's, the Stockton Heat, the AHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames, and the Stockton Kings, the G-League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings - all play in Downtown Stockton at our waterfront arena and ballpark.
There are so many other cool things to do, places to shop, family fun, and yes, tons of great food. Did we mention the fresh produce? Stockton is surrounded by some of the most fertile lands in California, and farm stands and farmers markets are the go-to places for the best food you have ever tasted.
Once you immerse yourself into the city, you will see why we are a city on the rise.
Once you are ready to make the move to Stockton, our local Economic Development Department is here to help! With the goal of making your life easy they have compiled all the tools you need at AdvantageStockton.com. From site selection, new business checklists, incentive programs, and demographic profiles, it is the go-to resource for all things business.
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