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Oakdale, better known as “The Cowboy Capital of the World,” is filled with Western Heritage and is renowned for our rich agricultural farmland, cattle ranches and professional rodeo cowboys who call Oakdale home. The community of Oakdale is situated along the banks of the Stanislaus River on the eastern edge of California’s Great Central Valley. A city of approximately 20,000 connects to a history rich in its rural ranching and equestrian heritage.

The climate of Oakdale is typical of the San Joaquin Valley, with mild winters and hot, dry summers. The average temperatures range from 46 degrees to 80 degrees. Rainfall is moderate, averaging about 12 to 14 inches per year, as is typical of the Valley, and occurs primarily during the winter months (November through March).

Throughout all four seasons, Oakdale serves as a gateway to Yosemite National Park as well as the central Sierra Nevada Mountain Range where unlimited outdoor recreation opportunities and natural beauty abounds. As an emerging small urban setting, unique to its environment, Oakdale is also home to a growing number of manufacturing firms including Ball Industries, ConAgra Foods, and Sconza Candy Company. Oakdale is 37.46 North in Lattitued and 120.51 West in Longitude.  It is 97 miles east of San Francisco and 78 miles south of Sacramento and 93 miles to Yosemite National Park.


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Economic Development (Alliance Link)
  • Transportation

  • There are several means of transportation in Oakdale: Railroad - Burlington-Northern Santa Fe, Union Pacific, and Sierra R.R. (with reciprocal switching) and Connections for all points; Trucking - all major Southern and Northern California carriers available with day or overnight and delivery to nearly all points in the U.S.; Air - 12 miles to Modesto Airport, 27 miles to Stockton, and Executive and Company out of Oakdale Airport. Buses - Stanislaus County Transit, 1-800-262-1516 and Riverbank, Oakdale Transit Authority; (ROTA) or Trolley, (209) 869-7444; Water - 30 miles to Port of Stockton; Highways - State Highways 108 and 120, 15 miles to U.S. 99, and 28 miles to Interstate 5.

  • Industrial Sites

  • Oakdale's industrial area prior to the annexation of the South Oakdale Specific Plan encompassed 500 acres within the city limits.Approximately 225 acres remain vacant and available for development with adjacent sewer and water in place.Parcel sizes range from 1/2 acre to 20 acres in size.At Hi-Tech Industrial Park, some 11 acres are available for lease or sale ranging from 1/2 acre to 2 1/2 acres in size. Smaller sized lots of about 1/4 acre in size are available within the 10 acre Downing Industrial Park. These original 500 acres with the exception of 30 acres primarily owned by ATSF Railroad being zoned M-1, (Light Industrial are zoned L-M Limited Industrial).

    In 2006 the City completed the South Industrial Specific Plan Process which added approximately 500 acres to the City’s existing industrial land. The South Industrial Specific Plan area is comprised of 32 parcels and consists of two land uses and three zoning districts with 166 acres of the area currently developed with farm houses and related farm structures.There are 116.3 acres of proposed L-M (Limited Industrial); 223.5 acres of M-1 (Light Industrial) and 5 acres of RE (Rural Estate).The Rural Estate designation would permit estate homes on 3 acre minimum lots.

    With the annexation and ultimate development of the South Oakdale Specific Plan area, the City has planned the extension and expansion of major East/West and North/South transportation corridors and the expansion and extension of existing sewer and water lines as development occurs.

    All industrial properties are subject to the City’s Industrial Design Standards and those parcels within the South Oakdale Industrial Specific Plan area are subject to the plan adopted by the City Council in May of 2006.

  • Water Supply

  • City of Oakdale - Maximum Pumping Capacity:  16.2 million gal./day; Average consumption:  3.4 mg./day; Cost per 1,000 gallons in quantities of 100,000 gallons/month 0.65; Cost per 1,000 gallons in quantities of 1,000,000 gallon/month: 0.47; Water connection charges $3.00/Frontage Foot plus Service Cost plus $10 turn on fee plus $75 deposit. Service cost is $650 up to 1"; over 1" is time and material

  • Sewer Supply

  • Name of Supplier: City of Oakdale
    Capacity of sewer plant: 2.5 million gallon per day. Peak flow: 5 million gallons per day
    Sewer service charge: Yes. On what basis rated? Flow and B.O.D.
    Type of treatment plant: Primary and Secondary
    Facilities for non recoverable industrial waste water: No.
    Sewer connection charges: $625 Residential

  • Storm Drains & Flood Control

  • Master Plan of storm drains adopted? Yes
    Three separate systems: West, Central and East. West and East not completely engineered.

  • Street Improvements

  • Dedication requirements: Minimum 50', Maximum 100' R/W (Specific Plan Areas allow various widths).
    Improvement requirements: Curb, gutter and sidewalk; water, sewer, gas, electric, cable television, and stones.
    Minimum 4" A.B and 2 A.C. Street Section.

  • Natural Gas

  • Name of Supplier: Pacific Gas & Electric Company

    For rates applicable to the City of Oakdale contact the PG&E office located at 285 North Third Avenue,

    Oakdale, CA 95361, Phone 1-800-743-5000.

  • Electric Power

  • Name of Supplier: Pacific Gas & Electric Company

    For rates applicable to the City of Oakdale, contact the PG&E office located at 285 North Third Avenue,

    Oakdale, CA 95361, Phone 1-800-743-5000.

  • Telephone

    Name of Supplier: AT&T

    For rates and types of service applicable to the City of Oakdale, contact the AT&T

    For Telephone Installation, Customer Service or Repair Service Departments

    Call: 1-800-310-2355 for residential, 1-800-750-2355 for business.

  • Governmental Facilities - Tax & Insurance Rates:

    All property / residential commercial, industrial is appraised at full market value as it existed on March 1, 1975, with increases limited to a maximum of 2% annually. Property created or sold since March 1, 1975, will bear full cash value as of the time created or sold, plus 2% annual increases. The basic tax rate is $1.00 per $100 appraised (real cash) value plus any taxes levied to cover bonded indebtedness for county, city, school, or other taxing agencies. Appraised valuations and tax rates are published annually after July 1. a) Oakdale has a Mayor/City Council/Administrator type of government. 2004-2005 City Assessed valuation = $1,264,564,147 County = $29,128,915,183 b) Combined total industrial property tax rates 1995 $1.00 per $100 assessed value. Code area (s) 4-000 – 4-010 Adjacent unincorporated area: Code Area – 84-000 – 84-039 Retail Sales Tax:State 6.00% City/County 1.00%, Total 7.00% plus .25% included in total for mass transit district funding, and .125 Stanislaus City Library Tax Transaction & Use. :28 Sworn Officers, 1 Dispatcher Supervisor , 5 Dispatchers, 2 full time Record Clerk, 1 Administrative Secretary, 1.5 Animal Control Officer (1 part time),5 part time Cross Guards, 2.5 Community Service Officer. 1 Evidence Clerk, 5 police reserves, 26 C.A.P.S. Volunteers and 28 vehicles (Note:ISO collects information on municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United States.In each of those communities, ISO analyzes the relevant data using our Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS).We then assign a Public Protection Classification from 1 to 10.Class 1 represents exemplary public protection, and Class 10 indicates that the area’s fire-suppression program doesn’t meet ISO’s minimum criteria.)

    f) The City has a Redevelopment Agency and is putting significant resources into reinvestment programs to revitalize and enhance the historic downtown. Oakdale also strongly supports the retention and expansion of existing businesses, and facilitating location of new businesses within the community. The city is presently preparing two specific plans for approximately 685 acres of territory adjacent to the City and situated within the city's Sphere of Influence. The development of the specific plans is guided by Livable Cities (Ahwahnee Principles for Smart Growth) guidelines incorporated into the City's General Plan. Construction is complete at Burchell Hill (the first completed specific plan community) and new homes are currently under construction in the Bridle Ridge Specific Plan community by five different home builders.

  • Community Facilities

  • HEALTH: Oakdale has 1 general hospital with 150 bed capacity; 2 community health centers, 2 residential care facilities, 1 skilled nursing facility, 24 physician/surgeons; 12 dentists; 4 optometrists, and 8 chiropractors.

    EDUCATION: 4 elementary schools, 1 junior high school, 1 high school, 1 charter high school, 1 continuation high school, and 2 rural.California State University, Stanislaus, is located 28 miles south of Oakdale, Modesto Junior Colleges is about 13 miles South/West.ColumbiaCollege now has classes on the OakdaleHigh School campus.

    CULTURAL: 19 churches; 1 library; 1 weekly newspaper; 1 daily newspaper; 7 TV channels received direct; 1 TV cable system (Comcast); 7 banks; 17 parks; 8 playgrounds.Other recreation facilities include: 8 tennis courts; 1 private golf course; 1 swimming pool; 9 baseball diamonds, 6 horseshoe pits; 1 volleyball court, 3 basketball courts, 3 soccer fields and nearby lakes for fishing, boating and water sports.Within a two-hour drive, one can be in San Francisco, on the ocean beaches or enjoy year-round activities in the Sierras.

  • Housing Availability, Prices, and Rentals

  • Rentals for one and two bedroom apartments and duplexes range from $575 to $875 per month.Rentals for two and three bedroom houses range from $850 to $1400 per month. Median price range for houses sold in Oakdale in 2008 was $300,000. There are suburban areas within 4 miles of Oakdale offering home prices from $150,000 to $1,000,000 plus.

    There are 5 motels with 200 rooms with in the community area. There are 5 mobile home parks in the community area.

    Source: California Association of Realitors and DataQuick

  • Remarks

  • Alliance

    1010 10th Street, Ste. 1400, First Floor, ModestoCA9535

    Phone: (209) 567-4985 Fax: (209) 567-4944

    Web site:


    City of Oakdale  

    Oakdale Oakdale District Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

    590 N. Yosemite Ave.

    Oakdale, CA 95361 590 N.

    Phone:  (209) 847-3031 /  Fax: (209) 847-0826