It was named an All-America City in 1999, 2004 and again in 2015.
Built during the California Gold Rush, Stockton's seaport serves as a gateway to the Central Valley and beyond.
Stockton is situated amidst the farmland of California's San Joaquin Valley, a subregion of the Central Valley.
In and around Stockton are thousands of miles of waterways, which make up the California Delta.
Interstate 5 and State Route 99, inland California's major north-south highways, pass through the city.State Route 4 and the dredged San Joaquin River connect the city with the San Francisco Bay Area to its west.