What is Modesto like?
Like someone said, avoid the airport district, and also stay away from the west side. My rule of thumb is anything west of the 99 freeway is ghetto. Obviously there’s exceptions but that’s a general guideline.
Modesto is not your average fun place like San Francisco or something. Living here builds character. I grew up in one of Sacramento’s more affluent suburbs so coming here was a complete culture shock, but over time it grew on me and now I love it.
There’s a lot of Latin people, so great, inexpensive Mexican food everywhere. I like how diverse Modesto is. You really can get to know people of all different backgrounds. I also like the food here. We have some amazing bakeries (I have a huge sweet tooth) and Mr. T’s, our local donut shop, is open 24 hours and they’ve ranked in the top 20 donut places in the country before. We also have great restaurants.
Driving here is fun. You can go on long drives in the country side with your windows down and music up. You can also go towards the mountains if you like driving there.
One of our biggest points is that we’re close to everything. We’re in driving distance of snow in the winter, Sacramento, and the Bay. Day trips never get boring if you’re from here.
But like I said, it’s not your average fun area. It builds character. You have to get used to the tweakers and the homeless and how to avoid interacting with them. You also have to get used to seeing poverty in a lot of different forms. Also gangs are a tough one to get used to. I think after a certain point, gunshots aren’t too alarming because you know they’re not directed at you, but you never get used to losing people to gang/gun violence. It’s not like it happens every day, but if someone gets killed and you knew that person, it really hurts. Sometimes it’s scary, but as long as you use common sense and you’re aware of your surroundings, you probably won’t encounter violence.
Also the police don’t really respond to smaller crimes, which is why it’s SO important not to live in a bad area. If your car gets broken into, that sucks. MPD might come and look at it, but they won’t do much beyond that. They’re amazing with responding to violent crimes, but they’re understaffed, so they can’t really deal with nonviolent things that much. Speaking of cars, we have a lot of auto theft. If you have a car, you might wanna choose a property with a garage to put the car in. If you don’t have a car, you’ll need one, because only tweakers use the (awful) buses here.
I like living here, but some people resent it. I think it’s what you make of it.