533 apartments for rent in Modesto, CA
Modesto, California is located in northern California with a population just over 200,000. It is surrounded by rich farmland, and ranks 6th among all California counties in farm production of products such as milk, almonds and walnuts.
Of course, the largest employer in Modesto is the famous E & J Gallo Winery. Ernest Gallo and Julio Gallo founded the winery in 1933 with $5,000 borrowed from Ernest’s mother-in-law. They taught themselves commercial winemaking by reading old pamphlets retrieved from the basement of the Modesto Public Library. The firm’s new wine, Barefoot, has received several awards including the Market Watch magazine “Wine Brand of the Year.”
Living in your new Modesto apartment, you’ll be surrounded by all types of economic opportunities. In 2010, the county saw a 14 percent increase in manufacturing jobs, many of them food-related. Farming jobs increased as well, and together with manufacturing, posted the largest increases in employment in Modesto’s recent history, adding 1,900 new jobs in 2011. Dynamic small business associations continue to attract new business to the city, including a new soy milk company which brought about 100 new jobs. There has been some small growth in education, health services and leisure and hospitality as well, adding about 200 new jobs.
The George Lucas film American Graffiti takes place in Modesto. There has been a revival of interest in the film, which has created new tourist attractions and events, including its annual festival, “Graffiti Summer,” which attracts thousands of visitors and enthusiasts of classic and antique cars.