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Manteca - Town vs. County Stats
Avg Price in Manteca: $485,300 / County Avg $458,800
Avg Sq. Ft. in Manteca: 2,110 / County Avg 1,925
Avg Price per/ft2 in Manteca: $230 / County Avg $238
Avg Walkscore in Manteca: 33 / County Avg 38
Avg Year Built in Manteca: 1987 / County Avg 1976
Avg Days on Website in Manteca: 55 / County Avg 58
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When the Central Pacific Railroad decided to lay tracks through the area in 1873. At that time the residents wanted their new train station to be named "Cowell Station", after the city founder. That couldn't happen as there was there was already a Cowell Station near Tracy. According to the Manteca Chamber of Commerce website, the residents agreed to change the name of the community, to "Monteca". After that, the railroad misprinted the name as "Manteca" (Spanish for lard), and that misspelling was eventually accepted as the name of the town. This misspelling thus became a town joke that would be laughed at throughout generations to come. Finally, in 1918, Manteca was incorporated as a city, and Joshua Cowell became its first mayor.
Manteca calls itself, The Family City In the heart of California, and it lies at a crossroads of Interstate 5, State Route 120, and State Route 99, as well as the railroads. Well into the 1970s, Manteca was sustained primarily on agriculture and was just a wide spot in the road between the two freeways. As the Bay Area, housing prices continued to rise. Many Bay Area residents started to look further and further eastward looking for cheaper places to live. After the construction of the State Route 120 bypass, around the center of Manteca. Manteca became a popular alternative for these Bay Area commuters.
Manteca has the largest commemoration for veterans on the West Coast, home base for the "Not Forgotten Memorial Day Event", the "Not Forgotten Memorial Day Event". This event is always held the Sunday before Memorial Day weekend every year. The event has been known to draw over 20,000 attendees.