Introduction to Coalinga, California

Coalinga, California, in Fresno county, is 53 miles SW of Fresno, California. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Fresno metropolitan area. 

Coalinga History

The area in California which is presently known as Coalinga was established as a coaling station site in 1888 by the Southern Pacific Railway. Those were the days when trains used to run on steam engines which used burning coals for power. At that time this area was only referred to as Coaling Station A. The named stayed, but morphed into Coalinga. It was incorporated in 1906. The city suffered extensive damage due to a high intensity earthquake in May 1983.

Coalinga and nearby Attractions

  • Harris Ranch
  • Monterey
  • Morro Bay
  • Pismo Beach
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Sequoia/Kings National Park

Things To Do In Coalinga

Coalinga is a lively city. The city people organize several exciting activities throughout the year. Summer is the time for the Plaza Market. The Hot Air Balloon Festival is celebrated in November. People look forward to the Annual Horned Toad Derby which is organized during Memorial Day weekend.

Coalinga Transportation

The Fresno Yosemite International Airport serves the area.

Coalinga Higher Education

Coalinga is served by the West Hills Community College.


Total Population 16,940
Male Share of the Population 62.8%
Female Share of the Population 37.2%
Senior Citizens 6.6%
Employed Population 16+ 5,179
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 35.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.3%
Median Earnings25+ $36,151
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,052
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,489


Median Family Income $58,936
% Above Poverty Level 76.8%
% Below Poverty Level 23.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 25.2%
Median Gross Rent $800
Median House Value $154,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 69.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 3.4%
Irish 6.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Coalinga Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 53 miles SW of Fresno, California
County Fresno
Metro Area Fresno
Standard Zip Codes 93210
Phone Area Codes 559
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.139
Longitude -120.359

Coalinga Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 58 F
Apr Temp 47 to 78 F
Jul Temp 66 to 99 F
Oct Temp 51 to 83 F
Annual Precip 8.3 inches
Distance 19.3 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 57 F
Apr Temp 35 to 69 F
Jul Temp 50 to 93 F
Oct Temp 39 to 78 F
Annual Precip 21 inches
Distance 19.6 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 55 F
Apr Temp 47 to 76 F
Jul Temp 63 to 96 F
Oct Temp 51 to 80 F
Annual Precip 7.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Avenal 14,154 $32,743
Huron 6,792 $27,353

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Coalinga Public Libraries

Coalinga-huron Unified School District Libr
Coalinga, California
(559) 935-1676

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Coalinga Hospitals

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(559) 935-6400
Emergency Service: Yes

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Coalinga High Schools

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Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,117 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.9

A Non-traditional School
Serves 49 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.5

A Non-traditional School
Serves 20 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

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