Proud of its status as a "family city in the heart of California," Manteca is ideally located at the crossroads of several major highways in central Northern California. Approximately an hour's drive from the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento, this rapidly expanding community is surrounded by 1.1 million people within a 30-minute commute. Within the past decade alone, the population of Manteca has grown by more than 40 percent. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau recently named Manteca as one of the nation's new "urbanized areas." Residents enjoy efficient services that include lovely parks filled with sports facilities and amenities as well as recreation programs for all ages. Commercial development ensures a convenient lifestyle, providing opportunities for fine and casual dining, entertainment, and shopping. The housing selection is widely varied, mixing well-kept older homes with beautiful new construction.