The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Modesto For 2021


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Modesto are the best of the best.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Modesto.
Best Neighborhoods In Modesto
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Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Modesto, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits -- less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Modesto neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Modesto are the best. If you're in one of the places we're about to highlight, odds are you know you've got it made. So, if you're thinking of moving to California and Modesto is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Modesto for 2021.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Modesto for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Coffee-Sylvan looks to be the best Modesto neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Modesto that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Modesto.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Modesto

Population: 981
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $296,389 (best)
Median Income: $53,105 (Fifth best)
More on Coffee-Sylvan: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 81,048
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $268,355 (Third best)
Median Income: $57,710 (Second best)
More on East Modesto: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 49,592
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $287,995 (Second best)
Median Income: $61,161 (best)
More on Northeast Modesto: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,269
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $126,692 (12th best)
Median Income: $38,954 (11th best)
More on Shackelford: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 10,269
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $158,774 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $47,265 (Sixth best)
More on Bret Harte: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 45,124
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $253,670 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $55,578 (Fourth best)
More on Northwest Modesto: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 6,346
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $249,954 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $43,977 (Eighth best)
More on Airport: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 59,290
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $249,710 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $55,754 (Third best)
More on North Side: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,136
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $211,597 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $43,919 (Ninth best)
More on Riverdale Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 28,826
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $235,823 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $44,128 (Seventh best)
More on Central Modesto: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Modesto, CA Neighborhoods In 2021

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Modesto, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 15 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Modesto." We're lookin' at you, Coffee-Sylvan.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Modesto, California has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Modesto

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Modesto where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Modesto aren't all good. Robertson Road takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Modesto.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Modesto For 2021

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Coffee-Sylvan 981 $296,389 $53,105
2 East Modesto 81,048 $268,355 $57,710
3 Northeast Modesto 49,592 $287,995 $61,161
4 Shackelford 1,269 $126,692 $38,954
5 Bret Harte 10,269 $158,774 $47,265
6 Northwest Modesto 45,124 $253,670 $55,578
7 Airport 6,346 $249,954 $43,977
8 North Side 59,290 $249,710 $55,754
9 Riverdale Park 1,136 $211,597 $43,919
10 Central Modesto 28,826 $235,823 $44,128
11 West Side 37,321 $136,903 $42,411
12 O. G. Southside 3,112 $126,688 $31,167
13 South Side 16,501 $148,680 $37,005
14 Downtown 2,920 $111,490 $33,428
15 Robertson Road 660 $92,882 $31,531

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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