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Ripon, California- A Local's Guide

Ripon, once known as Murphy's Ferry, Stanislaus City, & Stanislaus Station, got it’s name from a business owner named Amplias B. Crook. Crook came to Ripon in 1874, became postmaster, and eventually proposed a new name for the town- to be named after his hometown in Ripon, WIsconsin.

Ripon, or "The Jewel of the Valley", prides itself on its small-town atmosphere and a wide variety of parks and outdoor recreation, and a thriving downtown. Ripon has a history of slow and steady growth to now nearly 15,000 residents. Ripon’s proximity to the Sierra Nevadas, the San Francisco Bay Area, and all the conveniences of the Central Valley make it a desirable place to live.

The Chamber of Commerce hosts an annual Almond Blossom Festival to celebrate the city's agricultural pride, and the once a year display of lush views of spanning blossoms.


In Ripon, the summers are hot, arid, and clear and the winters are short, cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 39°F to 95°F and is rarely below 30°F or above 103°F.


Ripon students and families are served by five K-8 elementary schools and one high school in Ripon Unified School District. Schools include: Colony Oak elementary, Ripon elementary, Ripona elementary, Weston elementary, Park View elementary, Ripon Christian, Ripon High School, Harvest High School, and California Connections academy. All schools have API scores above 700. Three of the elementary schools have API scores above 800.

Notable Shops and Restaurants

Ripon has over 36 restaurants for any appetite. Whether you're looking for ethnic food, fast food, or small town cooking - Ripon has it!

Coffee houses and Restaurants

Take a stroll in downtown Ripon and experience hassle free shopping with a bit of charm. Mix in historic architecture and you have downtown Ripon. Ripon is home to a number of antique shops, specialty boutiques, and quaint eating spots. Ripon has that small town charm where everyone knows your name.

Golf Courses Spring Creek Golf and Country Club- Spring Creek Golf and Country Club is a private, member-owned championship golf club, located on 101 unique acres of ancient oaks along the Stanislaus River. Spring Creek Golf and Country Club is the premier destination for those looking for a private golf course in the Modesto area with the exclusive atmosphere of a small town. Our vision is to provide a superb golf environment, exceptional member services and excellent, first-class facilities to fulfill the social and recreational desires of our members and guests. Jack Tone Golf Course- Jack Tone Golf is a family owned and operated executive 18 hole golf course and practice facility. JTG provides an all grass driving range and 10,000 square foot practice putting green, in addition to professional instructors on staff.


Mistlin Park

Alpine Climbing Adventure Fitness,

Studio Joy,

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