Eastside Modesto

Eastside Modesto


Empire

Empire is a Census Designated Place (CDP) in the Modesto area and is home to about 4,000 people. The modest downtown consists of a post office, a church, and a community park that hosts a historic landmark. Agriculture plays a large role in this community and is rich in Mexican culture. Located near Empire is the George J. Hatfield State Park, where people can go to swim, fish and picnic. Other parks in the area are Caswell State Park and McConnell State Park. A unique feature is the Modesto and Empire Traction Company, which is a Class III private railroad that was completed in 1955 and still runs today. The five-mile long interurban railway ships goods that include food products, wine, syrup, plastic, and other industrial materials, linking the Union Pacific Tracks in the west to the BNSF tracks to the east. Emprie’s estimated median household income in 2008 was $34,535 with an average household size of 3.3 people.

Waterford

The City of Waterford is known as the “Gateway to Recreation,” hosting thousands of travelers that head toward the east. This small town hosts a population of approximately 7,000 people, and is the gateway to places such as Turlock Lake, Lake Don Pedro, Modesto Reservoir, La Grange Off Road Vehicle Recreation Area, and Yosemite National Park. Waterford is an agricultural community that specializes in apples, walnuts, almonds, peaches, and corn. The City’s Parks and Recreations Program offers plenty of activities to keep kids active, including the Waterford Youth Soccer League, the Waterford Youth Basketball team, and the Waterford Baseball and Softball Association. The summers also bring concerts in the park to Beard Park. The Waterford Unified School District includes the Richard Moon Elementary School, Waterford Middle School, Waterford High School, Connecting Waters Charter School, and a preschool. The household median income is $41,698 with an average of 3.47 people per household.




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