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Modesto, California, attracts those looking for the balance created by a culturally rich city center that's surrounded by quiet residential neighborhoods. Downtown offers lots of entertainment, from concerts to comedy showcases, in both large and intimate venues. Meanwhile, the peaceful residential areas were the childhood homes of several big-name entertainers like filmmaker George Lucas and actors Jeremy Renner and Timothy Olyphant.
The region's thriving agriculture industry and pleasant weather have influenced the landscaping everywhere. Neighborhoods are lined with towering old trees and numerous parks provide peaceful settings for walks and jogs. Modesto is also encircled by farmland that's focused on feeding the nation and the world with lettuce, grapes, almonds and dairy products.
What's more, Modesto's central valley location puts residents in close proximity to the grandeur of Yosemite National Park, the snow sports of Lake Tahoe and the cultural attractions of San Francisco.