The 10 Best Stockton Suburbs To Live In For 2024

The best Stockton suburbs are Brentwood and Ripon for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

While big cities like Stockton offer culture, cuisine, and charisma, they also deliver terrible traffic, towering expenses, and a taxing quality of life.

With that in mind, we wanted to uncover the best suburbs around Stockton. These burbs have all of the benefits of being near Stockton without actually having to be in the city.

Of course, not all suburbs of Stockton are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. Using Saturday Night Science, we delve into the factors that matter most, from commutes and housing costs to community vibes, to help you uncover the perfect suburban spots in the Greater Stockton area.

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

What’s the best suburb of Stockton? Brentwood ranks as the best suburb of Stockton for 2024 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Brentwood, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Stockton ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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The 10 Best Stockton Suburbs To Live For 2024

Brentwood, CA

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Population: 64,443
Median Income: $134,689
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 6.9%
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Brentwood is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Stockton area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Brentwood.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $134,689 a year, which is the highest in the Stockton region. And only 5.99% are out of work. Homes average more than $803,477 each.

Ripon, CA

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Population: 16,092
Median Income: $115,583
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.1%
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Ripon is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Stockton for 2024.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 4.27% of residents lack insurance, good for 5th best.

Oakley, CA

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Population: 43,525
Median Income: $120,915
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Poverty Rate: 7.0%
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Here in Oakley, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Stockton metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Oakley.

Lincoln, CA

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Population: 50,131
Median Income: $99,434
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 8.0%
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Lincoln ranks as the 4th best suburb of Stockton for 2024.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Lincoln and the schools are some of the best around.

Tracy, CA

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Population: 94,027
Median Income: $111,717
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 8.7%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Tracy.

Tracy gets kudos for having the 2nd most expensive homes in the Stockton area, where houses sell for an average of $754,702. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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Population: 25,350
Median Income: $85,069
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
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Galt is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 5.97%.

According to online reports, Galt is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Stockton area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Camanche, IA

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Population: 4,546
Median Income: $65,090
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.9%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Camanche.

Camanche schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 26.8 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Manteca, CA

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Population: 83,897
Median Income: $89,966
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Poverty Rate: 10.0%
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Manteca is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 4.95% of people lack insurance, good for 9th in the area.

Antioch, CA

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Population: 115,016
Median Income: $90,709
Unemployment Rate: 7.9%
Poverty Rate: 12.1%
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It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Escalon, CA

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Population: 7,456
Median Income: $82,563
Unemployment Rate: 8.0%
Poverty Rate: 9.5%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2024 is Escalon.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Stockton for 2024

Figuring out the best suburbs around Stockton was simple. We used Saturday Night Science to find things people like about living in the suburbs and then locate the suburbs with those things.

We analyzed the newest American Community Survey data for 2018-2022 to research each suburb. We decided upon the following criteria:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college-educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Stockton.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 4,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 16 suburbs to evaluate around Stockton.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 16 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality-of-life index.

Finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index, the “Best Suburb near Stockton.” We’re lookin’ at you, Brentwood.

This result may differ from our state-wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a more extensive selection of suburbs.

We updated the data for 2024. This report is our tenth time ranking the best Stockton suburbs. Skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Summary: Welcome to the Best Stockton ‘Burbs of 2024

We said it once, and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

The best suburbs of Stockton are .

So if you’re craving the amenities of a larger city like Stockton but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might be for you.

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Table: Best Stockton Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Average Home Price
1 Brentwood, CA 64,443 $134,689 $803,477
2 Ripon, CA 16,092 $115,583 $657,870
3 Oakley, CA 43,525 $120,915 $660,495
4 Lincoln, CA 50,131 $99,434 $631,747
5 Tracy, CA 94,027 $111,717 $754,702
6 Galt, CA 25,350 $85,069 $516,561
7 Camanche, CA 4,546 $65,090 $194,013
8 Manteca, CA 83,897 $89,966 $583,786
9 Antioch, CA 115,016 $90,709 $607,514
10 Escalon, CA 7,456 $82,563 $566,634
11 Rio Vista, CA 10,074 $83,538 $475,869
12 Riverbank, CA 24,803 $89,504 $461,353
13 Lathrop, CA 29,633 $108,732 $631,337
14 Modesto, CA 218,308 $73,375 $428,186
15 Oakdale, CA 23,120 $83,110 $533,976
16 Lodi, CA 66,509 $78,468 $505,053
About Chris Kolmar

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