The city of Stockton serves as the seat of central California's San Joaquin County. Situated roughly 80 miles east of San Francisco, Stockton stands as one of two inland seaports in the state. The other, Sacramento, sits approximately 50 miles to the north. The area's active arts and cultural scene, as well as its attractiveness to large employers, make up a large part of its identity.
Stockton hosts a number of festivals and celebrations throughout the year, including a boat parade that commemorates the opening of yachting season in April, the San Joaquin Children's Film Festival in February and the Stocktoberfest Beer and Brats Festival on the Waterfront in October.
Major employers in northeast
Stockton include Diamond Foods, St. Joseph's Medical Center, Stockton Unified School District and University
of the Pacific.
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Restaurants & Nightlife
When you want something to eat but do not have anything specific in mind, stroll along Stockton's notable Miracle Mile to browse an assortment of dining establishments. The mile-long stretch of Pacific Avenue houses
a number of boutiques, galleries and restaurants featuring French, Japanese, American, Mexican and other international cuisines.
Start any morning with a hearty breakfast and bottomless cup of coffee at America Waffles on East March Lane. Choose from waffles made with everything from bacon and walnuts to almonds and chocolate chips piled high with whipped cream. Late risers can catch a good first meal of the day at the restaurant, which serves breakfast from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays and until 3 p.m. on weekends.
Market Tavern serves a marvelous menu that includes local favorites like skirt steak with beet salad and Mary's rotisserie chicken. Sample the mushroom agnolotti with pine nuts and charred scallions. The wheelchair-accessible restaurant offers ample off-street parking. Find Market Tavern conveniently located in the Lincoln Shopping Center.
Royal Siam on Pacific Avenue features an array of authentic Thai-style dishes gracefully served in an elegant setting. Start your meal with golden tofu appetizers, crab rangoon or a plate of veggie-filled spring rolls. Entrée selections include sautéed Pad Prik Khing, garlicky Pad Kra Tiam and Pad Prak mixed vegetables. For dessert, try the sweet sticky rice with mango or fried bananas with ice cream.
For late-night fun, head to Finnegans Pub & Grill on Pacific Avenue. Here you can shoot pool, play darts and sip real Irish whiskey. ShamRocking Thursday open mic nights are a Stockton tradition. Bring your band, or come hear local hopefuls get their groove on.
History & Culture
The Miwok and Yokut tribes inhabited the northern San Joaquin Valley prior to the Gold Rush. When miners discovered gold at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, 80 miles northeast of the area, the face of central California changed forever. A German immigrant named Charles Maria Weber built the first European-style house in Stockton. Weber came to California to try his luck at panning gold, but he found that supplying other miners with provisions was a surer thing.
The town underwent several name changes in its early days. Locals referred to the river port city as Tuleburg, Mudville and Fat City before selecting Stockton as the official city name. This was the first non-Spanish, non-American-Indian name given to any California city.
For a glimpse into the rich history of Stockton, visit the Haggin Museum in Victory Park. Kids enjoy discounted admission, and museum members get in free. Music lovers celebrate jazz legend Dave Brubeck, an alumnus of the University of the Pacific, every April with on- and off-campus festivals that attract jazz aficionados from around the world.
Stockton serves as a major crossroads in California's verdant Central Valley. North-south Interstate 5 and State Route 99 connect Stockton with Modesto
and Fresno to the south and the capital city of Sacramento to the north. State Route 4 provides access to the San Francisco Bay Area.
San Joaquin Regional Transit District provides fixed-route service in the city of Stockton and express service to surrounding areas. The public transit company offers limited service on weekends.
The city of Stockton provides dedicated bicycle lanes on many surface streets, including March Lane, El Dorado Street and Hammer Lane. Bike parking is available throughout the metropolitan area.
Several cab companies provide 24-hour service in and around Stockton. You may hail a cab on a busy commercial street, but locals advise that you should call for a ride. If you have the Uber app on your mobile device, you can use it to order a local ride.
The median rental price for a one-bedroom
apartment in Stockton runs about $802. A gallon of gas costs roughly 5 percent more here than the national average. Overall, the cost of living in northeast Stockton compares favorably with that of San Francisco, about 31 percent higher than the national average.
A cab ride across Stockton costs $2.50 when you get in the cab plus $2.50 per mile. If you ask the driver to wait for you while you shop, expect to pay $25 per hour. A one-way bus ride to the center of town costs $1.50. Enjoy an imported draft beer at a typical Stockton bar for $3.
For groceries and sundries in the northeast sector, shop at Raley's on East Morada Lane. The Bay Area supermarket chain offers a wider selection of gluten-free, vegan and organic than nearby Safeway. Raley's provides plenty of lot parking and bike parking, too.
Trader Joe's on Pacific Avenue has a splendid selection of fresh produce, meats and dairy, along with more kinds of hummus than you even knew existed. Browse their small deli department for a variety of frozen foods with global flavor. For bulk goods and bargain prices, head to WinCo Foods on Montauban Avenue.
The city houses the usual franchises and big-box retailers, including Walmart, Target and Costco. You may have to look harder for mom-and-pop stores and one-of-a-kind boutiques, but they exist. Not your typical thrift store, Crossroads Trading Company has upscale men's and women's clothing and accessories organized by color instead of size. The ever-changing inventory creates a new experience every time. Find it on Pacific Avenue, just north of Robinhood Drive.
Outfit your kid in style at Sassy Pants Children's Boutique, a gem of a store located in the Lincoln Center shopping mall. The locally owned boutique stocks designer duds, cozy pajamas and casual clothes.
Victory Park comprises everything you could want from a municipal park. The park, located at the corner of Argonne Drive and North Pershing Avenue, has expansive grassy areas, shade trees, large ponds. Barbecue pits and picnic tables make it an ideal place for dining al fresco. The park even hosts a free concert series in the summertime.
For a natural experience near the Miracle Mile, stop by Caldwell Park near the corner of Alpine and Pacific Avenues. The small park in the heart of Stockton's shopping district features a place to sit in the shade, read a book in the sunshine or just do some people watching.
For off-leash fun with your dog, visit BarkleyVille Dog Park on Feather River Drive. The park provides fenced play areas for large and small dogs, as well as water bowls and several baggie stations. Here you find ample off-street parking and free admission.