It provided easy access for trade and transportation to the southern gold mines.
Stockton has been the location of the oldest university in California, University of the Pacific since 1923.
It was named an All-America City in 1999, 2004 and again in 2015.
Stockton is the county seat of San Joaquin County located in the Northern portion of the U. State California and the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area, an extension of the Bay Area.and it was the first community in California to not have a name of Spanish or Native American origin.