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Overview

Introduction to Fresno, California

Fresno, whose name is the Spanish word for "ash tree," is located in the San Joaquin River Valley in central California, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Fresno's growth began in the 1870s after the site was selected as a station on the Central Pacific Railroad. The area's great land and weather attracted farmers and ranchers, many of them immigrants, resulting in a melting pot of nearly 100 nationalities still reflected in Fresno's culture. In 1875, the raisin industry started in Fresno by accident, when grapes at a vineyard were allowed to dry on the vine.

Today, Fresno is among the nation's 40 most populous cities, with a population of around 430,000 and a rapidly-growing metro area. Fresno County's $3 billion agriculture business makes it the top county for agriculture in the country. Grapes, lettuce, cotton and tomatoes are the leaders among its more than 250 crops. Fresno's economy is also supported by diverse industries such as agricultural chemicals and equipment, food processing, computer software, glass and plastics. Aided by its proximity to both San Francisco and Los Angeles, Fresno is enjoying a growing convention business.

Fresno Culture

Fresno's cultural attractions are far more numerous than in other cities its size. The Saroyan Theatre, named for Fresno-born poet and author William Saroyan, hosts the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra and the Fresno Ballet. The city also has the Fresno Grand Opera, local theater companies, and music and dance productions. Its museums include the Fresno Metropolitan Museum, the Fresno Art Museum, the African-American Museum and the Discovery Center. Each October, Fresno's annual Blues Festival in the Tower District (under the famous namesake water tower), attracts thousands of fans. The Conours D'Elegance, held each spring at California State University in Fresno, is the nation's most eagerly anticipated antique auto show.

Fresno Sports and Leisure

The Fresno Grizzlies, triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, play minor league baseball at Grizzlies Stadium. For major league sports, Los Angeles (baseball's Dodgers, NBA's Lakers, NHL's Kings) and San Francisco (baseball's Giants, NFL's 49ers) are a short roadtrip away. The Fresno State Bulldogs, a perennial contender in basketball, play at Selland Arena. Fresno State has a strong fandom in all sports.

Fresno Outdoors

An agreeable climate, and proximity to both ocean and mountains combine to make Fresno a haven for lovers of the outdoors. For athletic Fresnans, surfing Pacific coast beaches such as Santa Cruz in the summer, then skiing the Sierras in the winter is commonplace. Sailing at Huntington Lake and canoeing the San Joaquin River are popular activities. And Fresno is the only city in the country surrounded by 3 national parks: Kings Canyon, Sequoia, and Yosemite. Pebble Beach, the most storied golf course in the country, is just a 2-hour drive away (Spyglass Hill and Spanish Bay are two other top-rated courses in Pebble Beach).

Fresno at Night

Fresno's nightlife offers a myriad of music, dining and entertainment options reflecting the city's youth and diversity. The Tower District has many great places to see live music. Several wineries inhabit the area. Combining the best of both worlds, Fresno has big-city amenities while retaining a friendly, small-town atmosphere.

People

Total Population 506,132
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 9.6%
Employed Population 16+ 194,514
Age of the Population 30

Families

% of people married 41.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.1%
Median Earnings25+ $28,969
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,142
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,770

Wealth

Median Family Income $45,554
% Above Poverty Level 69.4%
% Below Poverty Level 30.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 2%

Housing

People Living Alone 22.9%
Median Gross Rent $890
Median House Value $175,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 70.9%
US/American 1.3%
English 3.8%
Irish 4.9%

Fresno Almanac

Category Value
County Fresno
Metro Area Fresno
Standard Zip Codes 93650, 93701, 93702, 93703, 93704, 93705, 93706, 93710, 93711, 93720, 93721, 93722, 93725, 93726, 93727, 93728
P.O. Box Zip Codes 93707, 93708, 93709, 93712, 93714, 93715, 93716, 93717, 93718, 93729, 93744, 93745, 93747, 93755, 93771, 93772, 93773, 93774, 93775, 93776, 93777, 93778, 93779, 93790, 93791, 93792, 93793, 93794
Company Zip Codes 93724, 93740, 93741, 93750, 93760, 93761, 93762, 93764, 93765, 93780, 93784, 93786, 93844, 93888
Phone Area Codes 559
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.747
Longitude -119.771

Fresno Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station FRESNO YOSEMITE INTL
Distance 3.9 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 54 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 66 to 97 F
Oct Temp 52 to 78 F
Annual Precip 11.2 inches
Station FRIANT GOVERNMENT CAMP
Distance 17.7 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 55 F
Apr Temp 44 to 73 F
Jul Temp 61 to 99 F
Oct Temp 50 to 81 F
Annual Precip 14.7 inches
Station AUBERRY 2 NW
Distance 28.1 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 57 F
Apr Temp 45 to 70 F
Jul Temp 67 to 96 F
Oct Temp 53 to 78 F
Annual Precip 26.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Fresno, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Malaga (93725)

Pinedale (93650)

Rolinda (93706)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Clovis 98,815 $74,201
Fowler 5,908 $62,070
Kerman 14,110 $48,822
Parlier 14,750 $30,729
Sanger 24,587 $50,206
Selma 23,808 $44,226

Fresno Public Libraries

Library
Fresno County Public Library
2420 MARIPOSA ST.
Fresno, California
(559) 488-3185
Library Web Site

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Fresno Hospitals

FRESNO SURGERY CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
6125 NORTH FRESNO ST
(559) 431-8000
Emergency Service: No

SAINT AGNES MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1303 E HERNDON AVE
(559) 449-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

COMMUNITY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
2823 FRESNO STREET
(559) 459-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

KAISER FOUNDATION HOSPITAL - FRESNO
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
7300 NORTH FRESNO ST
(559) 448-4500
Emergency Service: Yes

FRESNO HEART HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
15 EAST AUDUBON DRIVE
(559) 433-8000
Emergency Service: No

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Fresno High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

FRESNO HIGH
1839 ECHO AVE.
559-457-2780
A Magnet School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 3,056 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.6

SUNNYSIDE HIGH
1019 S. PEACH
559-253-6700
A Magnet School.
A Title I School.
Serves 2,919 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.2

CENTRAL HIGH EAST CAMPUS
3535 NORTH CORNELIA
559-276-0280
A Title I School.
Serves 2,901 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

ROOSEVELT HIGH
4250 E. TULARE ST.
559-253-5200
A Magnet School.
A Title I School.
Serves 2,854 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.8

CLOVIS WEST HIGH
1070 E. TEAGUE
559-327-2000
Serves 2,843 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.9

BULLARD HIGH
5445 N. PALM AVE.
559-451-4320
Serves 2,552 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.4

MCLANE HIGH
2727 N. CEDAR AVE.
559-248-5100
A Title I School.
Serves 2,470 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.3

EDISON HIGH
540 E. CALIFORNIA AVE.
559-457-2650
A Magnet School.
A Title I School.
Serves 2,441 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26

HERBERT HOOVER HIGH
5550 N. FIRST ST.
559-451-4000
A Magnet School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,440 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.2

YOUNG (J.E.) ACADEMIC CENTER
822 N. ABBY ST.
559-457-3190
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 1,318 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 37.7

WASHINGTON HIGH
6041 S. ELM AVE.
559-485-8805
A Title I School.
Serves 1,103 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

DUNCAN (ERMA) POLYTECHNICAL HIGH
4330 E. GARLAND AVE.
559-248-7080
A Magnet School.
A Title I School.
Serves 1,033 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24

SPECIAL EDUCATION
1111 VAN NESS AVE.
559-265-3040
A Special Education School
Serves 659 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.1

FRESNO COUNTY COURT SCHOOL
744 S. TENTH ST.
559-455-5089
A Non-traditional School
Serves 603 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.9

CAMBRIDGE CONTINUATION HIGH
1001 S. CHESTNUT
559-253-6560
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 536 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.5

WEST PARK CHARTER ACADEMY
2695 S. VALENTINE AVE.
559-233-6501
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 424 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.6

DEWOLF CONTINUATION HIGH
2021 N. CLARK AVE.
559-248-7350
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 419 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

SIERRA CHARTER
1931 NORTH FINE
559-490-4290
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 388 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

UNIVERSITY HIGH
2380 EAST KEATES MS-MB99
559-278-8263
A Charter School.
Serves 361 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

CARTER G. WOODSON PUBLIC CHARTER
3333 N BOND AVENUE
559-229-3529
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 358 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.8

CENTRAL UNIFIED ALTERNATIVE/OPPORTUNITY
2698 N. BRAWLEY
559-276-5230
A Non-traditional School
Serves 290 students.

NEW MILLENIUM CHARTER
830 FRESNO ST.
559-497-9331
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 216 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 29.2

ONE STEP UP CHARTER ACADEMY
4969 E. CLINTON AVENUE STE 11
559-453-7895
A Charter School.
Serves 193 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

W.E.B. DUBOIS PUBLIC CHARTER
302 FRESNO ST. #205
559-499-0799
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 184 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.6

SCHOOL OF UNLIMITED LEARNING
2336 CALAVARAS
559-498-8543
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 182 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

TEILMAN COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL
11 S. TEILMAN
559-455-5089
A Non-traditional School
Serves 176 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

WEST FRESNO PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY
1901 E. SHIELDS AVE. STE. 200
A Charter School.
Serves 157 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

CORNERSTONE ACADEMY
540 N. AUGUSTA
559-442-1408
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 120 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 40

FRESNO PREP ACADEMY
3355 E. SHIELDS
559-222-3840
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 112 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 37.3

PERSHING HIGH (CONT.)
10950 W. MCKINLEY
559-276-5266
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 111 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

FRESNO COUNTY COMMUNITY
11 S. TEILMAN
559-455-5089
A Non-traditional School
Serves 58 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.2

EASTON CONTINUATION HIGH
5865 S. CLARA AVE.
559-485-9350
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 57 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 28.5

RATA (FLORENCE E.)
1373 W. MESA
559-451-4585
A Special Education School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 56 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7

DEWOLF WEST HIGH
2004 E. CAMBRIDGE AVE.
559-248-7353
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 42 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

NEW HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL
3335 N. AUTHUR
559-248-7115
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 28 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

FULTON SPECIAL EDUCATION
3133 N. MILLBROOK
559-453-8918
A Special Education School
Serves 27 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.4

ROOSEVELT CONTINUATION
4250 E. TULARE AVE.
559-253-5225
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 13 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.5

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