Situated east of the San Francisco Bay area, San Joaquin County is part of the Central Valley. It is woven with rivers, canals, and waterways. San Joaquin County is one of the original California counties, dating back to California’s statehood in 1850. The major city and county seat is Stockton.
Stockton contains a major deep-water port. It receives the largest number of wind turbines in the world, and this area is quickly becoming important to the renewable energy industry. Downtown Stockton is an attractive area with a marina. It is bordered by the Joan Darrah Promenade, which contains shops, restaurants, and other businesses. A large display of public art enhances the promenade’s beauty and popularity. Stockton contains the Haggin Museum, built in 1931. It is also the location of the annual Asparagus Festival.
Colleges and universities in San Joaquin County include the University of the Pacific in Stockton. UOP was founded in 1851 and moved to Stockton in 1923. It is among California’s oldest universities. San Joaquin Delta College is also located in Stockton.
Because of its location on the water, the county is a great place for fishing and boating. The county feels somewhat remote despite its proximity to San Francisco, and it is dotted with historic river towns and rural areas. There are over 100 marinas, plenty of restaurants, several campgrounds, parks, and over 50 boat launching facilities.