Stockton was founded by Carlos Maria Weber in 1849 after he acquired Rancho Campo de Los Franceses.
The city is named after Robert F. Stockton, and it was the first community in California to have a name, not of Spanish or Native American origin.
Stockton is the 13th largest city in California and the 62nd largest city in the United States.
Stockton was named an All-America City in 1999, 2004, 2015 and again in 2017.
Stockton is situated amidst the farmland of California’s San Joaquin Valley, a subregion of the Central Valley.
The city occupies a total area of 64.8 square miles, of which 61.7 square miles is land and 3.1 square miles is water.
The University of the Pacific is situated in Stockton and it was founded in 1851 in Santa Clara which later moved to Stockton in 1923. The University is regarded as the oldest University in California.
Stockton is the birthplace of Chris Isaak.
Stan Lee named Stockton the birthplace of the Fantastic Four in 1986 after Joe Field successfully petitioned Marvel Comics to change it from the fictional “Central City”.
Stockton is twinned with Shizuoka, Japan; Iloilo City, Philippines; Empalme, Mexico; Foshan, China; Parma, Italy; Battambang, Cambodia & Asaba, Nigeria.