Stockton | World’s Best Cities


A once-sleepy agricultural town, Stockton has recently gained kudos as a more affordable bedroom community for Silicon Valley. But there’s plenty going on within its city limits. Healthcare and education are the city’s largest sectors, thanks in large part to the University of the Pacific, which helps give the city its #15 ranking in Universities and #19 ranking in Household Income among U.S. midsize cities. Manufacturing and logistics are also major parts of the economy, providing opportunity for Stockton’s large foreign-born population (#3). Despite being an inland city in California’s Central Valley, Stockton has the unique advantage of being home to a deep water port connected to the San Francisco Bay. Its revitalizing downtown just welcomed its tallest building, a California Superior Courthouse, and, until social distancing went into effect, played host to numerous outdoor festivals and concerts that take advantage of the excellent weather (#6)