Modestos sense of humor shines in the name for their minor league baseball team which is called the Modesto Nuts. Their snappy rhyming motto, "Water Wealth Contentment Health", is proudly displayed on a beautiful old arch which welcomes visitors to the down town area. Retirees will recognize the A&W Drive-In which served as the inspiration for George Lucas film American Graffiti. Population: 201,165 as of the 2010 census.
Climate: Modesto has cool winters and very hot, dry summers. The area gets only 12 inches of rain per year, and no snow.
Cost of living: The cost of living in Modesto is 52% greater than the national average.
Housing costs: Housing is affordable by California standards, but still 17% greater than the U.S. average. The median retirement home cost in Modesto is $219,100.
Colleges and Universities: Modesto Junior College has classes for personal satisfaction, enrichment, or recreation that may appeal to individuals interested in learning in retirement.
Transportation:Modesto City-County Airport has connecting service by SkyWest Airlines (operating as United Express) to San Francisco International Airport. There are three public transit systems: Modesto Area Express (MAX), StaRT, and the San Joaquin Regional Transit District.
Travel and tourism: Modestos central location makes it accessible to the ocean, mountains and some of the nations most renowned parks. Day trip options from Modesto include San Francisco, Sacramento, and Yosemite National Park among many others. Outdoor activities are enjoyable year round in this mild climate. Due to its location in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, retirees can taste Modesto at the Farmers Market and the many fresh produce stands in the area.
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