The "college town" of Turlock is home to a California State University campus but also provides easy access to central California's most celebrated tourist destinations. The city is marked by superior services, a strong school system, tranquil residential neighborhoods, and a rich heritage of agricultural activity. Impressive growth and development have made Turlock the second largest city in Stanislaus County, although planners and residents are determined to protect the appealing small-town feeling. The cultural community is strong, complemented by influence of a major institution of higher education and close proximity to Modesto. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the charm of the revitalized historic downtown district with its bookstores, galleries, and boutiques. Modern Turlock provides newcomers with an opportunity to combine urban amenities and conveniences with the relaxed pace of rural living. The nearby unincorporated community of Denair provides easy access to Turlock amenities and is attracting a growing number of young families to its highly regarded public school system.