Stockton is a city and the county seat of San Joaquin County in the Central Valley of the U.S. state of California. Stockton is the 13th largest city in California and the 62nd largest city in the United States. It was named an All-America City in 2017. Built during the California Gold Rush, Stockton's seaport serves as a gateway to the Central Valley and beyond. It provided easy access for trade and transportation to the southern gold mines. The University of the Pacific (UOP) is located in Stockton. Historically an agricultural community, Stockton's economy has since diversified into other industries, which include telecommunications and manufacturing. Stockton's central location, relative to both San Francisco and Sacramento, as well as its proximity to the state and interstate freeway system, together with its comparatively inexpensive land costs, have prompted several companies to base their regional operations in the city.
As part of a privately funded experiment in Universal Basic Income in 2019, the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (S.E.E.D.) conducted a pilot project that gave a $500 stipend to 125 randomly selected residents for an 24-month period with “no strings attached." It was made possible by the Economic Security Project, an advocacy group chaired by Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes, which provided the first $1 million for the program, and a dozen other Silicon Valley organisations and private donors who funded the rest of its $3 million budget. The positive benefits of the program during the first year were described in an interim report published in March 2021.
Stockton was ranked #485 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Stockton has a population of over 312,697 people. Stockton also forms part of the wider Stockton-Lodi-Tracy metropolitan area which has a population of over 762,148 people. Stockton is the #232 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 3.2267 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores per 100,000 city residents.