Modesto is the county seat of Stanislaus County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 188,856. Current census estimates place the population at 206,300. Its location, an hour and half from both the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento, has turned the once agriculturally based region into a bedroom community. Over twenty percent of the workforce travels outside of the county to their place of employment. The area is plagued by some of the worst air quality in the nation, on occasion surpassing even that of Los Angeles.
Modesto is the location set for the movie American_Graffiti created by George_Lucas, who was born in the city. Many of the characters and scenes from the movie are based on actual events that happened in Modesto during the time that Lucas went to high school there, such as the time Lucas wrecked his father's car on Coffee Road.
Modesto and the greater Modesto area have recently been been associated with high profile murders. It was also the district of Gary_Condit.
Modesto's official slogan is Water Wealth Contentment Health, which is emblazoned on a large arch downtown that has been immortalized in many photographs. The original winning slogan was: "Nobody's got Modesto's goat".
The Modesto Airport lies next to the Tuolumne River. Between the airport and the river lies Veterans' Park.
Modesto is Home to the Modesto Nuts of the High-A California League (Colorado Rockies minor league team); the Nuts play their home games at John Thurmund Field. Modesto is also the home of the band Grandaddy as well and the birthplace of Conan Neutron.
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Wikipedia: ModestoSummary of the city's demographics, location, industries, and major cultural achievements.