Oakdale, California

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Oakdale is a city in Stanislaus County, California, United States. The population was 15,503 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Modesto Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city was founded in 1871 when the Stockton & Visalia Railroad met the Copperopolis Railroad. Oakdale goes by the slogan "Cowboy Capital of the World" As of January 2009 the population had reached 20,042 residents.


Geography and climate

The city is located in the east-central portion of the Central Valley, adjacent to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. California State Routes 108 and 120 (Tioga Pass Road) intersect in the city.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13.1 km²), of which 5.0 square miles (13.0 km²) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) (0.79%) is water.

The National Weather Service has maintained a cooperative weather station at Woodward Dam for many years. In January, average temperatures are a maximum of 52.4°F and a minimum of 35.1°F. In July, average temperatures are a maximum of 102.8°F and a minimum of 58.4F°. The record high temperature was 114°F on July 18, 1925. The record low temperature was 12°F on December 11, 1932. Annually, there are an average of 84.6 days with highs of 90F° (32°C) or higher and an average of 30.8 days with lows of 32°F (0°C) or lower.

Average annual rainfall is 13.33 inches. There are an average of 44 days annually with measurable precipitation. The wettest year was 1958 with 22.15 inches and the dryest year was 1947 with 7.99 inches. The most rainfall in one month was 8.63 inches in January 1911. The most rainfall in 24 hours was 5.72 inches on April 3, 1958. The record snowfall was 1.5 inch in January 1930.[1]


As of the census of 2003, there were 15,503 people, 5,610 households, and 4,050 families residing in the city.[2] The population density was 3,084.6 people per square mile (1,190.0/km²). There were 5,805 housing units at an average density of 1,155.0/sq mi (445.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 83.82% White, 5.48% African American, 1.09% Native American, 1.18% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 9.27% from other races, and 4.04% from two or more races.

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