Wanda, I see you are from Fort Campbell, KY. Modesto proper may not be the right city for you. It is, as Nick suggested, really a big city (about 220k people). However, if my guess is correct you are looking for something similar to what you have now, and we have some truly lovely towns in the area. Ripon, for example is a town of aprox. 15k people and is known as "the Almond (that's pronounced "am-man") capital of the world. It is largely made up of farming families, whom have been there for decades. Ripon also boasts the 31 rated schools in all of San Joaquin County. Oakdale, just east of Modesto, is the "Cowboy Capital", with the world famous Oakdale Rodeo. It too is a small town, with some fine history. I would ask that you let us know what you are looking for in a town, and the odds are pretty good, we have one close by. Good luck in your search, and I hope I have helped. "The Coach"