Ceres, California

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Ceres is a city in Stanislaus County, California, United States. The population was 34,609 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Modesto Metropolitan Statistical Area.



The city is located in the San Joaquin Valley along State Route 99, south of Modesto and north of Turlock in Stanislaus County. Ceres is named after the Roman goddess of agriculture.

The newspaper in Ceres is called The Ceres Courier.[1] It has been in publication since 1910. Jeff Benziger was appointed Editor in 1987.

Ceres hosts annual events at different times of the year. Spring brings the Ceres Street Faire on the first weekend in May. Concert in the Park is a regular summer event. Halloween Fun Festival marks the Fall followed by the colorful, and much-attended, Christmas Tree Lane opening ceremony.


The first families that inhabited Ceres were those of John Service, Cassius Warner, and Daniel Whitmore in the year 1867. Daniel C. Whitmore is considered the first family and founder of Ceres and built his home in 1870, now known as The Whitmore Mansion at 2928 5th Street. That home still stands, fully restored by the City and the Ceres Historical Society, at 2928 Fifth Street. (Ceres, 2004)

In the late 1930s, a labor camp was developed within the city of Ceres.(USDA, 1937)

The history of Ceres is recounted in Arcadia Publishing Company's Images of America series entitled, "Ceres," by Jeff Benziger. It was released August 23, 2010.


Ceres is located at 37°36′5″N 120°57′26″W / 37.60139°N 120.95722°W / 37.60139; -120.95722 (37.601328, -120.957166).[2] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.9 sq mi(18.0 km²), all land. The formation of alluvial fans in the San Joaquin Valley has led to a rather flat regional geography. There are no known active earthquake fault traces in the project vicinity. (Earth Metrics, 1989) Hydrological feature mapping of the Ceres area has been conducted by the U. S. Geological Survey. (USGS, 2003)

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