The majority of survey respondents in a recent poll said they would have no reservations about living in Downtown Modesto.
The Downtown Modesto Partnership conducted a survey on the topic of living in the region, and more than 400 people responded, with 70 percent expressing interest in downtown dwelling.
Out of the 400 respondents, 280 said they would live in the area given quality housing. Those who would live in the area prefer two- or three-bedroom housing, and 62 percent would prefer to own instead of rent.
According to the results of the survey, about 85 percent of respondents said it was the culture, arts and entertainment scene in Downtown Modesto that most attracted them. Dining was a second favorite option, and “proximity to work” was also a deciding factor.
“Residents create a built-in care and support system for their neighborhoods, providing a reliable and stable market for businesses and helping manage the safety and overall health of the area,” said Josh Bridegroom, CEO of the Downtown Modesto Partnership. “We have thousands of jobs downtown and lots of great businesses and amenities. What is most conspicuously missing are residents.”
A little under 60 percent of those who responded have household incomes of more than $100,000 per year.
Similar cities have found success with creating quality living space in downtown regions in current years such as Fresno and other large Central Valley cities.