Manteca and Tracy fit the suburban image of post world War II California with an endless sea of single-family homes much better than California itself.
Just 19.2 percent of Manteca’s overall housing stock of 24,000 units is in multi-family residences such as apartments and duplexes. Tracy is slightly lower at 17.6 percent.
California, though, has 38.0 percent of all housing in multi-family units. That is higher than the United States at 31.8 percent, Stockton at 33.7 percent and Lodi at 35.2 percent.
Economists at the University of Pacific’s Business Forecasting Center credited the higher percentage of single family homes in Manteca and Tracy to the “commute-centric southern San Joaquin County.”
It is part of a housing needs and trends study conducted by the UOP Eberhardt School of Business for the San Joaquin Council of Governments.
Although there wasn’t a breakdown for Lathrop, Ripon, or Escalon in the report the development patterns in terms of residential property are similar in those three communities as they are to Manteca and Tracy.
Tracy has the lowest level of renter-occupied housing among San Joaquin County’s four largest cities at 33 percent followed by Manteca at 37 percent. The amount of rental-occupied housing is at 48 percent in both Lodi and Stockton.
At the same time, 84 percent of the workers living in Stockton and Lodi work within the county while only 68 percent of the residents living in Manteca and 46 percent in Tracy work within the county.