Lathrop, California

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City of Lathrop
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Location in San Joaquin County and the state of California
Coordinates: 37°49′1″N 121°17′19″W / 37.81694°N 121.28861°W / 37.81694; -121.28861Coordinates: 37°49′1″N 121°17′19″W / 37.81694°N 121.28861°W / 37.81694; -121.28861
Country Click to View Image United States
State Click to View Image California
County San Joaquin
Incorporated July 1, 1989[1]
 • Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal[2]
 • Senate Cathleen Galgiani (D)[3]
 • Assembly Kristin Olsen (R)[3]
 • U. S. Congress Jerry McNerney (D)[4]
 • City manager Stephen Salvatore[5]
 • Total 23.033 sq mi (59.655 km2)
 • Land 21.931 sq mi (56.800 km2)
 • Water 1.102 sq mi (2.854 km2)  4.79%
Elevation[7] 23 ft (7 m)
Population (April 1, 2010)[8]
 • Total 18,023
 • Estimate (2013)[8] 19,626
 • Density 780/sq mi (300/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 95330
Area code(s) 209
FIPS code 06-40704
GNIS feature ID 1658948

Lathrop is a city located in San Joaquin County, California. At the 2010 census Lathrop’s population was 18,023. The city is located in Northern California at the intersection of Interstate 5 and SR 120.


On August 14, 1889 Chief Justice of California David S. Terry assaulted United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen J. Field, at the train station in Lathrop. Field's bodyguard United States Marshal David Neagle (formerly assigned to Tombstone, Arizona) shot and killed Terry. The events led the United States Supreme Court decision In re Neagle.


Lathrop is located at 37°49′1″N 121°17′19″W / 37.81694°N 121.28861°W / 37.81694; -121.28861 (37.816904, -121.288633).[9] The San Joaquin River is on the west side of Lathrop and has elevation of 20 feet (7 m).

Neighboring towns include Manteca, Ripon, French Camp, and Tracy.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city covers an area of 23.0 square miles (60 km2), 21.9 square miles (57 km2) of it land, and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) of it (4.79%) water.


The mayor of Lathrop is Sonny Dhaliwal.[2] He was elected in 2012 with 66.8% of the vote.[citation needed] The current city council consists of Mayor Dhaliwal, Vice-Mayor Omar Ornelas, Councilmember Martha Salcedo, Councilmember Steve Dresser, and Councilmember Paul Akinjo.[2]

Lathrop is represented in the California State Assembly by Assemblymember Kristin Olsen.[10]

Public transportation

Lathrop is served by The San Joaquin Regional Transit District.



The 2010 United States Census[11] reported that Lathrop had a population of 18,023. The population density was 782.5 people per square mile (302.1/km²). The racial makeup of Lathrop was 7,410 (41.1%) White, 1,300 (7.2%) African American, 231 (1.3%) Native American, 3,968 (22.0%) Asian (mostly Filipino), 144 (0.8%) Pacific Islander, 3,735 (20.7%) from other races, and 1,235 (6.9%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7,674 persons (42.6%).

The Census reported that 18,011 people (99.9% of the population) lived in households, 6 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 6 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 4,782 households, out of which 2,738 (57.3%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 2,973 (62.2%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 719 (15.0%) had a female householder with no husband present, 379 (7.9%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 376 (7.9%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 35 (0.7%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 484 households (10.1%) were made up of individuals and 128 (2.7%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.77. There were 4,071 families (85.1% of all households); the average family size was 3.99.

The population was spread out with 5,819 people (32.3%) under the age of 18, 1,814 people (10.1%) aged 18 to 24, 5,324 people (29.5%) aged 25 to 44, 3,897 people (21.6%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,169 people (6.5%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30.5 years. For every 100 females there were 99.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.7 males.

There were 5,261 housing units at an average density of 228.4 per square mile (88.2/km²), of which 3,604 (75.4%) were owner-occupied, and 1,178 (24.6%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 3.7%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.5%. 13,191 people (73.2% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 4,820 people (26.7%) lived in rental housing units.


As of the census[12] of 2008, 17,429 residents ? households, and ? families residing in the city. The population density was 637.6 people per square mile (246.2/km²). There were 2,991 housing units at an average density of 182.6 per square mile (70.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 50.92% White, 4.49% African American, 1.21% Native American, 13.36% Asian (mostly Filipino), 0.54% Pacific Islander, 21.11% from other races, and 8.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 38.59% of the population.

Sister city

Lathrop participates in the Sister City program and is tied to Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.

Shopping and restaurants

A Target opened in Lathrop in 2009 and is part of the new Lathrop Market Place shopping center.


According to the City's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[13] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of employees
1 Super Store Industries 401
2 Longs Drugs 330
3 California Natural Products 250
4 Simplot 200
5 Mid Valley Plastering 200
6 Pilkington 200
7 Berry Plastics 200
8 Swiss American Sausage 175
9 Target 160
10 The Home Depot 150
11 Boral 116
12 Carpenter Co. 100
13 CBC Steel Buildings 100
14 Diamond Pet Foods 100
15 SMART Refrigerated Transport 100
16 Yosemite Express 100

Economic potential

The City of Lathrop has a seven mile (11 km) radius population of 105,893 with an average household income of $63,072.

Lathrop is centered between the Stockton and Tracy submarkets – both within a 20 miles (32 km) radius.

In April 2014, electric car maker Tesla Motors (based in Palo Alto, CA, about an hour southwest) announced that it would be opening a factory in Lathrop, in a 430,000 sq-ft facility that was once a DaimlerChrysler distribution center. The Tesla website showed 34 positions it was looking to fill to start.[14]

Lathrop large development

  • Mossdale Village-Located west of I-5 and east of the San Joaquin River is Mossdale Village- consists of 2375 units.


Most of Lathrop is part of the Manteca Unified School District. But once River Islands Development is built students from that community will be part of Tracy High School District and Banta Elementary district.

High schools

Lathrop High School the first secondary school in Lathrop that opened in 2008.

River Island High School is next planned high school to open.


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