Hickman is a census-designated place (CDP) in Stanislaus County, California, United States. The population was 641 at the 2010 census, up from 457 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Modesto Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its history dates back to the goldrush era, and was once was a stop on a rail line (the old train stop still stands).
Hickman social life revolves around its school. Hickman Charter school district is a k-8 school district. After 8th grade, students can commute to one of the many local schools. Also of note, Hickman is home to Hickman Charter School with more students than native population and has attendance from students as far as Berkeley, California.
Hickman is a country town, and the most obvious form of income is agriculture. Almond orchards are everywhere, and there are several dairies. Foster Farms operates a dairy, and there is a wholesale nursery raising trees, especially decorative trees like redwoods. A large rooster farm reputedly sells fighting cocks (although actually using such birds in fighting is illegal). There are also other forms of industry, including a gravel mine, a welding shop, two country stores, a cabinet maker, a music education company and Hickman Hat Rack Co.