Modesto, CA

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Population

547,899

1.17% growth

Median Age

34.1


Median Household Income

$59,514

9.59% growth

Poverty Rate

17.2%


Number of Employees

236,867

5.14% growth

Median Property Value

$288,200

5.07% growth

About

In 2017, Modesto, CA had a population of 548k people with a median age of 34.1 and a median household income of $59,514. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Modesto, CA grew from 541,560 to 547,899, a 1.17% increase and its median household income grew from $54,305 to $59,514, a 9.59% increase.

The population of Modesto, CA is 46.3% Hispanic or Latino, 41.9% White Alone, and 5.25% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Modesto, CA speak a non-English language, and 88.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Modesto, CA are Modesto Junior College (2,226 degrees awarded in 2016), California State University-Stanislaus (2,182 degrees), and Brightwood College-Modesto (296 degrees).

The median property value in Modesto, CA is $288,200, and the homeownership rate is 57.2%. Most people in Modesto, CA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 28.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Modesto, CA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Modesto, CA employs 237k people. The largest industries in Modesto, CA are Health Care & Social Assistance (31,423 people), Retail Trade (30,996 people), and Manufacturing (29,040 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($92,154), Public Administration ($57,001), and Information ($54,713).

Median household income in Modesto, CA is $59,514. Males in Modesto, CA have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $59,658. The income inequality in Modesto, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.497, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$59,514

2017 value

± $2,562

9.59%

1 Year Growth

± 5.61%

Households in Modesto, CA have a median annual income of $59,514, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $54,305 in 2016, which represents a 9.59% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$75,050

Average Male Salary

± $702

$59,658

Average Female Salary

± $597

In 2017, full-time male employees in Modesto, CA made 1.26 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Modesto, CA by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $69,782 ± $1,103

  2. White

    $63,110 ± $578

  3. Two or More Races

    $51,776 ± $1,728

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Modesto, CA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Modesto, CA is from California.

0.497

2017 Wage GINI

0.503

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in California was 0.497 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.1% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in California across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Modesto, CA was Santa Clara County, CA with a value of $119,035, followed by San Mateo County, CA and Marin County, CA, with respective values of $116,653 and $113,908.

The following map shows all of the counties in Modesto, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Modesto, CA (91.2k out of 530k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    63,390 ± 1,925

  2. Hispanic

    49,327 ± 1,654

  3. Other

    13,285 ± 945

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Modesto, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

237k

2017 Value

± 9,117

5.14%

1 Year growth

± 5.11%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Modesto, CA grew at a rate of 5.14%, from 225k employees to 237k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Modesto, CA, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (13,117 people), Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, & Distributing Workers (11,708 people), and Driver/Sales Workers & Truck Drivers (10,942 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Modesto, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Modesto, CA, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (13,117 people), Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, & Distributing Workers (11,708 people), and Driver/Sales Workers & Truck Drivers (10,942 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Modesto, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as Agricultural Workers (7.5 times higher than expected), First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Workers (6.09 times), and Woodworkers (3.03 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Modesto, CA, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($97,673), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($85,829), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($67,461).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

237k

2017 Value

± 9,117

5.14%

1 Year growth

± 5.11%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Modesto, CA grew at a rate of 5.14%, from 225k employees to 237k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Modesto, CA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (31,423 people), Retail Trade (30,996 people), and Manufacturing (29,040 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Modesto, CA, though some of these residents may live in Modesto, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Modesto, CA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (31,423 people), Retail Trade (30,996 people), and Manufacturing (29,040 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Modesto, CA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (5.24 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (1.55 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.34 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Modesto, CA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($92,154), Public Administration ($57,001), and Information ($54,713).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $196B

  2. $157B

  3. $127B

In 2015, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $196B, followed by Mixed freight with $157B and Gasoline and $127B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound California products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.54T

2015 Value

$2.48T

Projected 2045 Value

61.2% growth

In 2015, total outbound California trade was $1.54T. This is expected to increase 61.2% to $2.48T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound California trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $63.1B

  2. $42.2B

  3. $31.2B

In 2015, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $63.1B, followed by Arizona with $42.2B and Washington and $31.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that California shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

94.9% of the population of Modesto, CA has health coverage, with 41.7% on employee plans, 31.6% on Medicaid, 9.09% on Medicare, 11.7% on non-group plans, and 0.704% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Modesto, CA was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in Modesto, CA see 1281 patients per year on average, which represents a 0% change from the previous year (1281 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1214 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 324 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (10.6%). Additionally, Tulare County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,281 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in California see an average of 1,281 patients per year. This represents a 0% change from the previous year (1,281 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,549

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,735

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,368

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,833

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in California (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.04%, from $7,256 to $7,549.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.12%

Uninsured

41.7%

Employer Coverage

31.6%

Medicaid

9.09%

Medicare

11.7%

Non-Group

0.704%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Modesto, CA declined by 1.88% from 5.22% to 5.12%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Modesto, CA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 10.6% prevalence

  2. 10.5% prevalence

  3. 10.3% prevalence

Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in California, at 10.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in California by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Modesto, CA is home to a population of 548k people, from which 88.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 20.4% of Modesto, CA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Modesto, CA is composed of 254k Hispanic or Latino residents (46.3%), 229k White Alone residents (41.9%), 28.7k Asian Alone residents (5.25%), 16.2k Black or African American Alone residents (2.96%), 14.5k Two or More Races residents (2.64%), 3.41k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.622%), 1.77k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.324%), and 51 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.00931%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Modesto, CA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

29

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

47

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Modesto, CA was 34.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 29, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 47. But people in Modesto, CA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Modesto, CA residents was 34.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

20.4%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

20.1%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 20.4% of Modesto, CA residents were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Modesto, CA was 20.1%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    4,079,391 ± 46,960 people

  2. Philippines

    859,594 ± 22,514 people

  3. China

    683,330 ± 20,119 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Modesto, CA was Mexico, the natal country of 4,079,391 Modesto, CA residents, followed by Philippines with 859,594 and China with 683,330.

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Citizenship

88.5%

2017 Citizenship

88.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 88.5% of Modesto, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Modesto, CA was 88.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    254k ± 10.1k

  2. White Alone

    229k ± 42

  3. Asian Alone

    28.7k ± 1.92k

In 2017, there were 1.11 times more Hispanic or Latino residents (254k people) in Modesto, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 229k White Alone and 28.7k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Modesto, CA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Modesto, CA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Modesto, CA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Modesto, CA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    7,082 ± 1,065

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    3,366 ± 1,042

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,757 ± 674

Modesto, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.1 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Modesto, CA awarded 5,370 degrees. The student population of Modesto, CA is skewed towards women, with 10,909 male students and 17,605 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Modesto, CA are Hispanic or Latino (2,212 and 41.6%), followed by White (1,895 and 35.6%), Asian (450 and 8.45%), and Unknown (349 and 6.56%).

The largest universities in Modesto, CA by number of degrees awarded are Modesto Junior College (2,226 and 41.5%), California State University-Stanislaus (2,182 and 40.6%), and Brightwood College-Modesto (296 and 5.51%).

The most popular majors in Modesto, CA are General Business Administration & Management (605 and 11.3%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (546 and 10.2%), and General Cosmetology (365 and 6.8%).

The median tuition costs in Modesto, CA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $3,288 and $11,616 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 253 degrees awarded

  2. 177 degrees awarded

  3. 396 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Modesto, CA was General Psychology with 253 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Modesto, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,226 degrees awarded

  2. 2,182 degrees awarded

  3. 296 degrees awarded

$3,288

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Modesto, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Modesto Junior College with 2,226 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,608

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,762

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,608 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Modesto, CA, which is 0.427 times less than the 3,762 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    2,212 degrees awarded

  2. White

    1,895 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    450 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Modesto, CA were to Hispanic or Latino students. These 2,212 degrees mean that there were 1.17 times more Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 1,895 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Modesto, CA was $288,200 in 2017, which is 1.32 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $274,300 to $288,200, a 5.07% increase. The homeownership rate in Modesto, CA is 57.2%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Modesto, CA have an average commute time of 28.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Modesto, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$59,514

Median Household Income

± $2,562

174k

Number of Households

± 6,950

In 2017, the median household income of the 174k households in Modesto, CA grew to $59,514 from the previous year's value of $54,305.

The following chart displays the households in Modesto, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$288,200

2017 Median

± $5,423

$274,300

2016 Median

± $5,445

In 2017, the median property value in Modesto, CA grew to to $288,200 from the previous year's value of $274,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Modesto, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Modesto, CA the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Modesto, CA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Modesto, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

57.2%

2017 Homeownership

56.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 57.2% of the housing units in Modesto, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 56.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Modesto, CA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Modesto, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Modesto, CA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

28.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Modesto, CA have a longer commute time (28.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 9.14% of the workforce in Modesto, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82%

  2. Carpooled

    9.69%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.52%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Modesto, CA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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