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Stockton,

city (1990 pop. 210,943), seat of San Joaquin co., central Calif., on the San Joaquin River; inc. 1850. One of the fastest-growing U.S. cities during the late 20th cent., Stockton is an inland seaport located at the head of the San Joaquin delta. It is also a rail center and a processing and distribution point for farm products and wines from the Central ValleyCentral Valley,
great trough of central Calif., c.450 mi (720 km) long and c.50 mi (80 km) wide, between the Sierra Nevada and the Coast Ranges. The Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers drain much of the valley before converging in a huge delta and flowing into San Francisco Bay;
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. Manufactures include signs, millwork, fabricated metal, metal and wood products, electrical and electronic goods, foods, feeds, transportation equipment, furniture, and apparel. There is also meat processing and canning. Dairying, cattle, fruit, nuts, vegetables, sugar beets, tomatoes, peppers, grapes, and grain are also important. Stockton was an outfitting center in the gold-rush days. It has a historical museum, an art gallery, and an impressive civic auditorium, and holds an annual asparagus festival. The Univ. of the Pacific, Humphreys College, and a campus of California State University Stanislaus are there. A U.S. navy communications station is on a nearby island.

Stockton

 

a city in the western USA, in the state of California. Population, 108,000 (1970); with suburbs, 290,000. A transportation junction and port in the San Joaquin River basin, Stockton is the trade center for an agricultural region where fruits and vegetables are grown. As of 1973, 19,000 workers were employed in industry. Stockton has fruit and vegetable canneries and enterprises for woodworking and the manufacture of agricultural machinery.

Stockton

an inland port in central California, on the San Joaquin River: seat of the University of the Pacific (1851). Pop.: 271 466 (2003 est.)