Tracy lies 60 miles east of San Francisco and has a population of about 84,691 residents in 2013. It began primarily as a railroad and agricultural town and remained as such for many decades. Until the 1970’s when house prices began to soar in the bay area and the perspective residents began to look for an alternative. In the 1980’s Tracy hit a growth spurt for its attractive less hectic lifestyle. Tracy still remains a railroad stop; housing the ACE train that takes extends from Stockton, through Tracy and into San Jose providing a mice alternative to the dreaded bay area traffic. The Tracy Transit Center is a bus hub for transportation on local, commuter, and long-distance bus services. Tracer and taxi services offer local connections making this town very rider friendly. Tracy is also recognized as the “Dry Bean Capital of the World” and holds an Annual Dry Bean Festival the 2nd week of September along with other re-occurring events. Nearby is Carnegie; a state vehicular recreation area, Eagle Lakes Resorts; a members only lakefront resort; Old River Golf course, and skydiving. In town, you will find all the necessary shopping centers plus West Valley Mall, and several restaurants within the mall vicinity, like Texas Roadhouse, Golden Corral, Mikasa Japanese Bistro, Buffalo Wild Wings, IHOP, Olive Garden, and Famous Dave’s just to name a few. Tracy is proud of its generational mom-n-pop-shops and bars, restaurants, that create downtown Tracy a nice welcoming atmosphere.