Moving to Manteca: 10+ Things to Know Before You Do
Moving to Manteca is something that a number of people consider each year. We did some research and compiled some facts for this article to help you make your decision.
How big is Manteca?
Manteca has a population of about 72,000 which is mostly White and Hispanic people, with some Asians and African-Americans. Over 40% of the households there have children under the age of 18 years.
Some of the towns near Manteca are Ripon, Escalon, Tracy and Lathrop; it is also not far from Stockton and Modesto.
How is the weather?
Manteca has warm, dry summers and winters that can be rainy and chilly. Snow can fall in winter, but it is very rare and if it does, the quantity is tiny.
How much is housing?
The median home price in Manteca is about $345,000 and the average rent is about $1300, though a 1-bedroom may be less than $1,000.
There are some small homes in Manteca for less than $300,000, and a few condos, but not many. If you are open-minded there are also mobiles homes in the area for less than $100,000.
Are there jobs?
Some of the top employers in Manteca are:
Manteca School District
Doctors Hospital of Manteca
City of Manteca
How is the food?
The word Manteca means “lard”, but the food in this small town is much better than you might expect, based on the town name. Here are some of the top-rated restaurants:
Billie Hills Hillbille Bar-B-Q
Mangy Moose Cafe
Ernie’s Food & Spirits
Mom’s Thai House
El Jardin Mexican Restaurant
Mama Weber’s BBQ and More
Cabana Del Sol
Taqueria La Costa
Taqueria La Estrella
Pizza and Pints
Bean & Leaf Cafe
Hob Nob Hot Dogs
Milano Pizza & Greek Deli
Luu’s Chicken Bowl
Big Guido’s Pizza Take-U-Bake
Manteca has many grocery stores that you might call conventional, such as:
Grocery Outlet Bargain Market
Food 4 Less
La Super Altena Market
Aki’s Food to Go
La Mexicana Market
Moving to Manteca is probably something that people who are living in much bigger cities like San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose or Los Angeles would be interested in. Manteca is small and therefore easier to get around in, it also has much lower home prices.
If you live in a big city in California and don’t want to rent for your whole life, you might investigate moving to Manteca.
How are the schools?
The public schools in Manteca are rated about average by Great Schools.
How are the politics?
Like many people who live in Northern California, Mantecans mostly voted for Democrats in each election. This fact is probably not surprising if you are from northern California and are familiar with the politics. (If you are from somewhere other than California, perhaps you were not aware of how people vote typically in Manteca.)
Are there parks?
Manteca has a number of parks you can visit:
Curran Grove Park
Bella Vista Park
Mistlin Sports Park is not in Manteca, it is in nearby Ripon, but it is a huge space where hot air balloons are launched and sports can be played.
Is there access to nature?
Caswell Memorial State Park has hiking trails and is near a river; it is near Ripon. The San Joaquin National Wildlife Refuge is a little further south.
Within about one hour of Manteca, you can visit the following places:
Woodward Reservoir Regional Park
Stanislaus County Park
Modesto Reservoir Regional Park
Turlock Lake State Recreation Area
Knights Ferry Covered Bridge Park
Frank Raines Park
Yosemite and the Sierra
Yosemite is one of the most visited of all the national parks; it is only about a 2-hour drive from Manteca.
If you don’t want to drive for two hours, there are many other places that are closer like Copperopolis Lake. Sonora is a popular place to visit, and it is only about
55 miles from Manteca.
Manteca is about 3 hours from Lake Tahoe, and if you take the shortest route by distance the trip is only 143 miles. So, moving to Manteca would be an advantage for someone who enjoys the outdoors and spends a lot of time there.
Is there storage?
Yes, and we have a storage property in Manteca.
Is there entertainment in Manteca?
Manteca has an AMC Showplace with 16 theaters; there is also a theater for live events in Tracy, which is nearby.
How is the shopping?
Some of the more popular shops are:
Guess Factory Outlet
Banana Republic Factory
The Book Exchange
Hash Smoke Shop
Bass Pro Shops
German Glas Werks
Stan & Bev’s Country Nursery
What about religion or churches?
Most of the worship centers in Manteca are Christian, here are a number of them:
Calvary Community Church
Christian Worship Center
St. Anthony’s Catholic Church
Cornerstone Community Church
The Place of Refuge
First Christian Church
Calvary Chapel Manteca
Tabernacle of Praise Church
What is near Manteca?
South Lake Tahoe — 144 miles
Yosemite — 87 miles
San Francisco — 76 miles
Oakland — 72
San Jose — 68 miles
Livermore — 34 miles
Modesto — 17 miles
Manteca — 15 miles
So, after reading all this information, are you still interested in moving to Manteca?
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