Southside Modesto

Southside Modesto

The Southside of Modesto includes the land that lies to the south of the Tuolumne River and West of Highway 99. This area is rural with a diverse population that consists of younger and mostly married couples. Housing prices on average are $112,700, which is typical for the Modesto metro area. The average household income is $50,206. Schools in the area include Alberta Martone Elementary, Bret Harte Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Hart Ransom Academic Charter, Hart Ransom Elementary, Paradise Elementary, Shiloh Elementary. This neighborhood consists of a single middle school and high school which are Evelyn Hanshaw Middle and Stanislaus Teen Recovery, respectively. Other schools include the Petersen Alternative Center, Stanislaus County Juvenile Court, Vocational Education Academy, and Paradise Charter. The Southside consists of a few Census Designated Places (CDPs), including Bret Harte and Shackleford.

Bret Harte

The Bret Harte neighborhood is a Census Designated Place (CDP) located south of the Tuolumne River and West of Highway 99. This neighborhood has a median household income of $47,894 with an average household size of 4.3 people. Evelyn Hanshaw Middle School and Bret Harte Elementary Schools are located in the Bret Harte area, as well as the Golden Valley Health Center and a sizeable Salvation Army store.


Shackelford is a CDP tucked on the east side Crows Landing Road, north of East Hatch Road, west of Main Street, and south of Highway 99. The estimated median household income is $29,246 with an average household size of 3.8 people. This neighborhood is influenced by a rich Mexican culture and has a fantastic shopping district along Crows Landing Road that features Mexican Supermarkets such as Las Montañas, Mi Pueblo, and La Perla Tapatía. Shackelford is located near the Modesto City College (5miles), Doctors Medical Center (5 miles), and an Amtrak station (6 miles).


The City of Ceres is a short jaunt south of Modesto is a place that takes pride in its community, made apparent by their motto, “Together We Achieve.” In 2009, the Arbor Day Foundation awarded Ceres as Tree City USA to honor its devotion to urban forestry. The Ceres Redevelopment Agency recently unveiled a proposed specific plan to revitalize the downtown in correspondence with approximately 20 local business owners and a series of community meetings and resident input. Ceres’ dedication to community involvement is also displayed through their numerous annual events. These include the May Street Faire that is held downtown and features a parade, car show, local vendors, food, and arts and crafts. The National Night Out is a block party hosted in August that is sponsored by the Ceres Department of Public Safety, where the community can mingle with local law enforcement, city officials, and civic groups at Smyrna Park. There are also holiday celebrations, such as the Halloween Festival that provides a spooky, fun place at the community center for children to go for a costume contest, carnival games, haunted houses and more. On the first Saturday of December, Santa and Mrs. Claus pay a visit to Smyrna Park to welcome children and families to an evening of light displays, wagons rides and live music. Ceres takes pride in its connection agriculture, and brings these ties closer to home with the weekly famer’s market on Wednesdays from 10am-2pm. As of the year 2000, census data shows that the population of Ceres is 42,690, the average household size is 3.44 and the average household income is $50,783.


The City of Hughson is the smallest incorporated city in Stanislaus County, with an area of 1.65 square miles. In this city hosts a population of around 6,100 people and is located east of Ceres, North of Turlock, and southeast of Modesto. Hughson describes itself as a “Small Community with a Big Heart,” embracing a small town character and agricultural influence. Each year the City hosts the Fruit and Nut festival, historically known as the “Peach Capital of the World.” Peaches, however, are no longer the prime crop in the area, as almonds have long surpassed the peach. Other crops in the area are walnuts, nectarines, cherries, and apples. The household median income in 2000 was $40,385 with an average household size of 3.25 people.