What is it like to live in Stockton, CA?
I am a 3rd generation Stocktonian, and I live in a lovely, safe part of town between Lincoln High and Lincoln Elementary, both of which I attended. As with many places, there are some nice things here, and some not-so-nice things here.
We have some really yummy ethnic restaurants (Tandoori Nights, Nena’s Mexican Rest., and Tsing Tao are 3 of our favorites).
We have the waters of the San Joaquin delta to waterski and boat on, and to cool us down at night. Yay for the Delta Breezes!
Most of our mature neighborhoods have lovely tall and shady trees.
We have a GREAT junior college, San Joaquin Delta College.
We have a very nice regional museum, called the Haggin after its founder.
In the summer, we have a lot of outdoor live music (sans Covid).
You can get any farm fresh fruit when it’s in season, because almost EVERYTHING grows here!
From anywhere in town, it only takes less than 20 minutes to drive out into the farms and fields of the San Joaquin Valley that earn California more than $120 billion/year.
The average income of a Stockton resident is low at $19,927/year vs. the US average is $28,555/year. We have a large percentage of folks living in poverty. When we talk about folks in the midrange, we are a still a bit low, but it is not quite as disparate—the median household income of a Stockton resident is $45,347/year vs. the US average is $53,482 a year.
Like much of California, especially after Covid, we do have a large number of folks who have been pushed into homelessness by the high price of living in this state.
Cars parked outside are constantly getting opened and stolen from if you forget to lock them, or getting window smashed if you leave something interesting in view.
We have a high per-capita murder rate, but mostly violence is limited to the gang neighborhoods. I went to school in a gang-infested neighborhood for 6th grade and I never witnessed, nor heard of, any violence near the school. The kids were much nicer there than in my usual suburban neighborhood schools.
Neither nice, nor not-so-nice:
It seems weird to say, but there is an apathy here that is almost welcoming—no one here really gives a shit who your romantic partners are (LGBTQI+, multiracial, etc) what your personal life is like, and our gangs are multi-racial unlike elsewhere in the state.