About Manteca, California
The city of Manteca is part of the San Joaquin County in the state of California, and situated in the Central Valley region. It has a total land area of 15.9 sq. mi. and located about 48 miles northeast of downtown San Jose, California. According to recent statistics as of 2010, the total population of the city had reached to 68,447 of which 35.10% belongs to the Latino or Hispanic race. In fact, Manteca is a Spanish term for lard. Manteca was founded by Joshua Cowell in 1861. In 1873 the first train station was constructed in the city by the Central Pacific Railroad, however, the original suggested name of Cowell Station was not applied since the name was already used in the nearby city of Tracy. Because of this, the residents were forced to change the name of the city to Monteca, but this was misspelled as Manteca and was finally accepted as the new name of the city until it was incorporated in 1918. Joshua Cowell was hailed as the first mayor of the city. The education in Manteca is being served by the Manteca Unified School District, which comprised of 19 elementary schools, 2 continuation schools, and 5 high schools. There is no middle school in Manteca and the only adult school in the city is the Lindbergh Educational Center. The city of Manteca boasts its main attractions such as the Manteca Branch Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library, Manteca Industrial Park, and the Manteca Convention and Visitors Bureau. There are also amusement parks and shopping centers within the city limits.