The Climate of Ripon is typical of the Central Valley, being hot and dry in the summer and cool and moist in the winter. Average temperatures range from 80 degrees Fahrenheit in July to about 45 degrees Fahrenheit in January, with extremes ranging from 110 degrees to about 26 degrees. Precipitation averages about 13 inches per year with about 85 percent of the annual rainfall occurring between the months of October and March.
The population of Ripon in 1985 was 5,131. The rate of increase during the 1960 to 1980 period was about 4.3 percent per year, while during the 1980 to 1985 period was 9 percent. The population of Ripon is 16,764 as of January 1, 2010. The current growth rate (by city ordinance) is 3% with an extra 1% available for low-income housing.
A wide variety of service organizations raise funds to support youth activities and improve the general welfare of the community.
The Garden Club plants native trees and shrubs in local parks, seniors have their own center to gather and participate in special activities, and everyone from children to adults can find a sport for fun and exercise.
Throughout the year, various organizations host annual events that provide activities for the whole family to enjoy. Our biggest event is the Almond Blossom Festival held during the last weekend of February. Contact the Ripon Chamber of Commerce for more information.
Ripon has a small town atmosphere that is restful and friendly, but we are also close enough to cities like Sacramento and San Francisco to enjoy on a day trip. If it is the out-of-doors your looking for, it is only a two-hour drive to Yosemite National Park.
Almond Blossom Festival
This is the Stanislaus River as viewed from the Pedestrian-Bike Bridge. The bridge runs parallel to Highway 99. View map where the path begins at the end of Parallel Avenue, and fullow the path to the bridge. (Use the + button in the upper left corner of the map to zoom in, and click on "Hybrid" to see the bridge.)