Nestled within the Northern San Joaquin Valley, Manteca—locally referred to as “The Heart of California”—is a wonderfully dynamic community offering its residents the luxury of suburban living in a more tranquil, rural environment. Its strategic location places it at the gateway to Yosemite, near the Delta Waterways, San Francisco Bay Area and the Sierra Nevada. This central position makes it an ideal place for establishing a family or business, as well as a great destination for a relaxing vacation.
The Manteca of today owes its success to those early pioneering settlers who discovered the land’s excellent qualities, such as good soil, climate and clean water, which led to early agricultural prosperity. The farming town was initially called Cowell Station, after Joshua Cowell—a man who was later denoted as the “Father of Manteca.” The advent of the Central Pacific Railroad in 1873 changed the face of Cowell Station. Due to the fact that there was another Cowell Station—named for Wright Cowell, Joshua’s brother—the railroad and the farmers chose a new name: Manteca.
The city obtained incorporation in 1918, with Joshua Cowell serving as the first mayor. Much of life in Manteca remained agriculturally rooted until World War II, when the community began to gradually transform into a progressive city that, while retaining its small-town spirit, welcomed new high-tech industries and further enterprising development.
Now, Manteca is a charming community of approximately 65,000 residents, with a 2012 population projection expected to exceed 75,000 residents (Source: Claritas). The city is continuously growing, not only residentially but also commercially and industrially. Because of this growth, the city has instituted a growth management program in order to preserve the characteristics that have made Manteca the attractive community it is today.