Lathrop is a city located in San Joaquin County, California.The population is currently 17,429 in 2008 Lathrop’s current population is nearly 17,469 and is expected to reach 20,000 by 2012, with a projected “build out” population of 70,000 in next 25 years. Lathrop's average high temperature in January is 54 °F (12 °C) and the average low in January is 38 °F (3 °C). In July, the average high temperature is 94 °F (34 °C) and the average low in July is 61 °F (16 °C).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.7 square miles (43.3 km²), of which, 16.4 square miles (42.4 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (2.03%) is water.
Lathrop is served by The San Joaquin Regional Transit District, the Regional Transit Provider for San Joaquin County, which provides public transit services in the Stockton Metropolitan Area. RTD's Intercity fixed routes connect Stockton with Lathrop, Manteca, Ripon, Tracy, and Lodi. Lathrop is served by Routes 26 and 90 and 95. Lathrop also has an Altamont Commuter Express(ACE) station, which provides commuter service to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Lathrop is served by Tracy Municipal Airport, located south of the city. There is no scheduled service from the airport. Additionally Stockton Metropolitan Airport [SCK]serves the community with a lengthy runway and F.A.A. control tower.
As of the census 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/sq mi (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.
There were 2,908 households out of which 51.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.9% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.6% were non-families. 10.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.59 and the average family size was 3.82.
In the city the population was spread out with 34.8% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 6.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 103.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $55,037, and the median income for a family was $57,319. Males had a median income of $40,406 versus $27,028 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,032. About 7.7% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.6% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.
Lathrop participates in the Sister City program and is tied to Baccara, Philippines.
Lathrop is an economically vibrant town with many traditional restaurants such as the Country Kitchen, Mikasa, & Mountain Mikes Pizza.
Lathrop sits aside Interstate 5, one of the major freeways in California and the major north-south freeway along the entire West Coast. Lathrop is located in the metro triangle, which is bounded by the Bay Area, Stockton and Sacramento. Lathrop is centrally located within a 30-minute commute of Tracy, Manteca, Stockton, Lodi, Modesto, Livermore and Pleasanton.
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 strategically centered between the Stockton, Modesto and Tracy submarkets – all within a 20 miles (32 km) radius with a combined current population of nearly 750,000 and an expectation that this number will approach 1 million within ten years.
Over 40,000 vehicles per day commute over the Altamont Pass into the Bay Area for employment. There is a strong demand for housing from the Bay Area as residents are moving to affordability.
Most of Lathrop is in the Manteca Unified School District. River Islands is in Tracy High School District and Banta Elementary. Lathrop High and the balance of the schools in Lathrop are in Manteca Unified. The dividing line is the San Joaquin River.
Lathrop High School, the first secondary school in the Manteca Unified School District located in Lathrop, opened in August 2008 it is Lathrop’s first high school opens for students Aug. 11,The high school opened with 30 of its total 40 classrooms completed, along with the administration offices, library, cafeteria, the science wing, and the small gym. The rest of the classrooms as well as the Speech Arts building, large gym, swimming pool and stadium were scheduled for completion in December and January 2009. The small gym will be used by both the city and the school district under a joint-use agreement approved by the two agencies.
Lathrop now contracts out with the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department for police services, while maintaining a "joint" fire department with neighboring Manteca.