Manteca is a suburb of Stockton with an estimated population of 83,028 in 2019. Manteca is in San Joaquin County. Living in Manteca offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Manteca fashions itself the "Family City", and it lies at a crossroads of major highways and railroads. As recently as the 1970s, Manteca existed primarily in agriculture and was still barely a stop between two freeways, Interstate 5 and State Route 99. The continuing rise in Bay Area housing prices caused Bay Area families to look further eastward for more affordable places to live. Since the construction of the 120 bypass portion of State Route 120, Manteca has become a popular choice for these commuters.