Stockton is the 13th largest city in California and is the county seat of San Joaquin County, California, United States, it is also the 4th largest city in the state's Central Valley region. With a population of approximately 300,000 in 2013. The city is located in Northern California, south of the state capital Sacramento, east of San Francisco and north of Modesto.
Stockton is located by Interstate 5, State Route 99 and State Route 4 and surrounded by farmland of the California Central Valley. It is connected westward with San Francisco Bay by the San Joaquin River's 78-mile (126 km) channel, and is, with Sacramento, one of the state's two inland sea ports. In the surrounding area of Stockton there are thousands of miles of waterways and rivers that make up the California Delta.
The city hosts the exciting annual Asparagus Festival and the Haggin Museum is located here, which is an excellent art and history museum which built in Victory Park around 1931. The museum displays 19th and 20th century works of art plus has many local historical exhibits. Stockton has a been home to many industries in the past. For a large part of the later 19th century, starting with the Gold Rush, Stockton was one of the largest cities in California, for a while it was the 3rd largest city. Today professional services and numerous modern industries are located in Stockton.
Some of the newly built and/or renovated buildings include: the Bob Hope Theater, Regal City Centre Cinemas and IMAX, San Joaquin RTD Downtown Transit Station, Lexington Plaza Waterfront Luxury Hotel, Hotel Stockton, Stockton Sports Arena, San Joaquin County Administration Building, and the Stockton Ballpark.
Some of the major employers in the Stockton vicinity are: St. Joseph’s Medical Center, OG Packing, Diamond Foods Dameron Hospital and University of the Pacific.
The city has recently been hindered by bad rankings city, large number of home foreclosure and negative news headlines. In July 2012, Stockton became the largest city ever to file for protection under Chapter 9 of the US Bankruptcy code. Also in 2012, the city was ranked one of the most dangerous cities in America, coming in 10th place, and is the 2nd most dangerous in California (just behind Oakland). Despite the bad publicity numerous businesses and industries strive i
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