Distinguished as the "Apricot Capital of the World," Patterson welcomes throngs of visitors each year to its lively Apricot Fiesta. At the same time it celebrates a strong agricultural heritage, this progressive community promotes balanced growth and development. Patterson is strategically situated in the western section of the Stanislaus River Valley near Interstate 5, one of California's most important north/south highways. Although the city attributes the lion's share of its economic strength to agriculture and food processing, diverse companies are also at home in its modern business park. The unique format of the city was patterned after great metropolitan areas like Paris and our own national capital city, where a circular central district is surrounded by radiating "spokes." The small unincorporated community of Westley is so closely associated with Patterson that the two share a chamber of commerce.