Introduction to Mendota, California

Mendota, California, in Fresno county, is 33 miles W of Fresno, California. The city is part of the Fresno metropolitan statistical area. 

Mendota History

Mendota was named after Mendota, Illinois. It thrived as a Southern Pacific Railroad storage stop after its establishment in 1891. The area was incorporated as a city in 1942.

Mendota and Nearby Attractions

  • Madera County Historical Museum.
  • Volta State Wildlife Area.
  • Los Gatos Creek County Park.
  • Pinnacles National Monument.
  • Fresno Metropolitan Museum.

Things To Do In Mendota

Local parks include McConnell State Park, San Lorenzo County Park, George J. Hatfield State Park and Pacheco State Park. Local museums include the Madera County Historical Museum, the Fresno Metropolitan Museum and the Merced County Courthouse Museum. The Firebaugh Neighborhood Library and the Mendota Neighborhood Library are the local libraries.

Mendota Transportation

Fresno Yosemite International Airport is nearby.

Mendota Higher Education

West Hills Community College, California State University - Fresno, and Merced College offer courses for higher studies.


Total Population 11,402
Male Share of the Population 51%
Female Share of the Population 49%
Senior Citizens 6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,472
Age of the Population 28


% of people married 37.6%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 1.5%
Median Earnings25+ $12,049
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $10,582
Median Earnings With High School Degree $16,431


Median Family Income $25,846
% Above Poverty Level 53.5%
% Below Poverty Level 46.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 0.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.6%


People Living Alone 9.8%
Median Gross Rent $666
Median House Value $108,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 96.1%
US/American 0%
English 0%
Irish 0%

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

Mendota Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 33 miles W of Fresno, California
County Fresno
Metro Area Fresno
Standard Zip Codes 93640
Phone Area Codes 559
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.753
Longitude -120.38

Mendota Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station MADERA
Distance 23.5 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 54 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 63 to 97 F
Oct Temp 49 to 80 F
Annual Precip 11.9 inches
Distance 34.5 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 54 F
Apr Temp 49 to 72 F
Jul Temp 64 to 94 F
Oct Temp 54 to 78 F
Annual Precip 8.3 inches
Distance 40.5 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dos Palos 5,068 $34,334
Firebaugh 8,084 $41,104
Kerman 14,285 $45,563
Madera 63,053 $41,504
San Joaquin 4,008 $22,540

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

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Mendota High Schools

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Serves 578 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

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Serves 15 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.7

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Serves 11 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.9

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