Place:Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States


Alt namesTuleburgsource: Encyclopædia Britannica (1988) X, 279
Coordinates37.967°N 121.3°W
Located inSan Joaquin, California, United States     (1847 - )
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Stockton is a city in northern San Joaquin Valley and the county seat of San Joaquin County, California, United States. It is the fourth largest city in the state's Central Valley region. With a population of 300,000 at the 2012 census, Stockton ranks as the state's 13th most populous city. It is the State's 17th largest city in terms of land mass at 64.75 sq. mi. The city is located in Northern California, south of the state capital Sacramento and north of Modesto.

Stockton is along Interstate 5, State Route 99 and State Route 4 amid the farmland of the California Central Valley. It is connected westward with San Francisco Bay by the San Joaquin River's channel, and is, with Sacramento, one of the state's two Inland sea ports. In and around Stockton are thousands of miles of waterways and rivers that make up the California Delta.

The city hosts the annual Asparagus Festival and is the location of Haggin Museum, an art and history museum built in Victory Park in 1931. The museum displays 19th and 20th century works of art and houses local historical exhibits. For much of the later 19th century, starting with the Gold Rush, Stockton was one of the largest cities in the state, for a while the third largest city.

Stockton has recently struggled with violent crime, reaching a record high of 71 homicides in 2012 before dropping to 23 in the first nine months of 2013. The city had also cut its police force by more than 20% during the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis, but a sales tax approved by voters on November 6, 2013 could fund an additional 120 police officers.

In July 2012, Stockton became the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy protection until it was surpassed by Detroit in July 2013. The city approved a plan to exit bankruptcy in October 2013, and voters approved a sales tax that would help fund the exit on November 5, 2013.

In recent years Stockton has also seen a series of negative national rankings in the media, including high crime and low literacy rankings.

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