Make Stanislaus County Home | Quality of Life

Quality of Life

Stanislaus County is uniquely situated within the Northern San Joaquin Valley of California, providing convenient access to amazing national parks and wilderness areas such as Yosemite and the Sierra, as well as having the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco and wine country all within a two-hour drive. Closer to home, the Gallo Center for the Arts is “the envy of performing arts centers in the United States,” while festivals, sporting events, and small city living, coupled with a lower cost of living than our Bay Area neighbors to the west makes Stanislaus County a best kept secret.

Cost of Living Index

San Francisco, CA 243
Los Angeles, CA 164
Seattle, WA 154
Portland, OR 126
Denver, CO 115
Salt Lake City, UT 115
Modesto (Stanislaus County) 109
Austin, TX 107
Chicago, IL 103
Albuquerque, NM 101
Total U.S. 100
Las Vegas, NV 99
Phoenix, AZ 99








Median Home Prices

Sacramento $282,000
San Joaquin $272,500
San Francisco $1,275,000
Alameda $756,250
Merced $190,000
Stanislaus $242,170
Santa Clara $932,100
Los Angeles $425,860







Average Rent Cost in Stanislaus County: $1,199
Average Rent of a 2-Bedroom Apartment: $874


Climate in Stanislaus County

Averages by Year

Days with sunshine 261
Rainfall 13
Snowfall 0”

Highs & Lows by Month

January 55°F 40°F
April 75°F 49°F
July 94°F 62°F
October 79°F 53°F

Life in Stanislaus County

Stanislaus County maintains a competitive edge in cost, land and real estate, access to labor, proximity to markets, but most of all, quality of life. The region still retains the charm of its historic roots.  Click on the icons below to explore some of the activities and assets that Stanislaus County has to offer.

Stanislaus County Dining Options

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Stanislaus County offers a diverse array of restaurants, cafés, coffee houses and other eating establishments to please everyone’s taste buds. Many restaurants and night clubs offer a variety of evening entertainment opportunities.

Stanislaus County Regional Higher Education Options

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Colleges & Universities

California State University, Stanislaus is lauded for quality, affordability and value. California State University, Stanislaus has appeared in the Princeton Review “Best Colleges” guide for ten consecutive years. Forbes and Money magazines have ranked California State University, Stanislaus among the best colleges for quality and affordability.


Primary & Secondary Schools

Stanislaus County graduation rates outperform California and Total U.S.  Visit the Stanislaus County Office of Education website to learn more.


Stanislaus County Recreation Options

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There is a great vibe in Stanislaus County and many things to do here. Enjoy river rafting, biking, hiking, the symphony, Gallo Center for the Arts, farmers' markets, art walks, theater productions, festivals, Modesto Nuts Minor League Baseball, Oakdale Rodeo, and much more. Whatever your passion is you can find it in Stanislaus County!

Stanislaus County Shopping Options

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When shopping in Stanislaus County, expect to find what you need and unexpected treasures you won’t want to live without! The region is filled with locally-owned boutiques, antique shops, and the ever popular Vintage Faire Mall.

Stanislaus County Health Care Options

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Health Care

Stanislaus County is a regional health care system with 6 licensed hospitals featuring a total of 1,300 beds and nearly 1,000 acute care beds.

Stanislaus County Housing Options

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In Stanislaus County our homes come in every shape, size, and style. We have houses, luxury apartments, and condominiums in all price ranges. Whether you’re looking for the added security of a gated community, the charm of small town life, or open land as far as the eye can see, your dream house is waiting for you in Stanislaus County.