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Best Places to Live in Stockton, CA

Jon Fesmire | October 5, 2021 @ 12:00 AM

Stockton dates back to 1849 and the California Gold Rush. It’s located in the San Joaquin Valley where agriculture is the predominant industry. With a population of 323,000, Stockton is a fairly large city, and it has lots of beautiful neighborhoods.

We know you’ve got plenty of options for places to live, but if we were to pick five areas in Stockton to live in, these are what they’d be. 


Holt / Gillis

Want to live somewhere with lots of space all around? Consider the Holt/Gillis neighborhood. This is a large area with lots of farmland. The homes, mostly spaced far apart, range from studios to four-bedroom family homes and mobile homes. Most places are owner occupied. Vacancy here is 22%, often due to new construction. The median home price is $517,000, while the average rent is $929.

When we call this area remote, we mean it. The Holt/Gillis neighborhood is 36 minutes from downtown Stockton, but crime is low in this peaceful setting.

The neighborhood is the home of McDonald Island, surrounded by the waters of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Restaurants and shopping are at a distance, though you’ll be close to Tiki Lagoon Resort and Marina, a lovely place to stay or have dinner.

Nearby schools include Holt Union Elementary and Kingston School.



The Lane neighborhood offers accommodations ranging from studio apartments to four-bedroom, single-family homes. Most of the housing here was built between the 1940s and 1999. 

Home prices average 535,000, while the average rent is $1,377. If you’d like to move here, it shouldn’t be too tough to find a place, as there’s about 10% vacancy. The area is considered suburban, but some parts are spacious and you’ll find a fair amount of farmland here.

Lane is between 5 and 15 minutes from downtown Stockton, depending on what street you live on. Nearby schools include August Elementary School, Morada Middle School, and Franklin High School.



Waterloo is a rural neighborhood that offers living arrangements from studio apartments to four-bedroom houses, lots of space, and many lovely trees. Like most of Stockton, you’ll find plenty of agricultural fields, too, including fields and orchards.

The median home price in the Waterloo neighborhood is about $582,000, while the average rent is $1,100. It can be tough finding a home here, in this mostly owner occupied area, since the vacancy is just 2%.

Nearby schools include August Elementary School, Morada Middle School, and Franklin High School.


Armstrong / Bear Creek

The Armstrong / Bear Creek neighborhood is one of those very American areas we all recognize and love. There are many homes with a minimum of three bedrooms, and the median home price is $513,000. Rent is admittedly high, averaging $2,400.

The homes here were built between 1970 and 2000 and are mostly homeowner occupied. The vacancy rate hovers around 6%.

Unlike some of the more remote areas of Stockton, Armstrong / Bear Creek has some excellent shopping areas, with a Costco Wholesale, Home Depot, Holland Imports, and more. If you’d like to do a local wine tasting, check out Bear Creek Winery.

Local schools include Vinewood Elementary, Lodi Middle School, and Tokay High School.


Saint Andrews Dr / Buckle Cove Way

The neighborhood at Saint Andrews Dr. and Buckle Cove Way may be the nicest in Stockton, with low crime and plenty of amenities. Homes here are three bedrooms and up and built between 1970 and 2000. They’re also more expensive than elsewhere, with the median home price at $678,000. The rental prices are higher, too, averaging $2,700.


Within the neighborhood you’ll find Brookside Golf & Country Club, with golf, swimming, and events, Nelson Park, a public park with a playground, sports fields, and lots of space, shopping, restaurants, and much more. You won’t have to go far to have fun and meet your family’s needs.


Nearby schools include Hoover Elementary School, Sierra Middle School, and John McCandless High.


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