Stanislaus County California Cities/Towns - Bret Harte, Bystrom, Ceres, Del Rio, Denair, East Oakdale, Empire, Grayson, Hickman, Hughson, Keyes, Modesto (County Seat), Newman, Oakdale, Patterson, Riverbank, Riverdale Park, Salida, Shackelford, Turlock, Waterford, West Modesto, Westley
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Stanislaus County is a county located in the state of California. 2016 U.S. Census population estimate is 541,560. The county seat is Modesto.
Stanislaus County was formed in 1854. The county is named for the Stanislaus River, first discovered by Gabriel Moraga in 1806, and later renamed Rio Estanislao in honor of Estanislao, a mission-educated renegade Native American chief who led a band of Indians in a series of battles against Mexican troops until finally being defeated by General Mariano Vallejo in 1826. Estanislao was his baptismal name, the Spanish rendition of Stanislaus, itself the Latin rendition of the name of an 11th century Catholic Saint Stanislav.