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Overview

Introduction to Clovis, California

The California city of Clovis, known as "Gateway to the Sierras," sits at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in Fresno County, only nine miles away from its larger neighbor to the southwest, the city of Fresno. Situated in the midst of California's agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley, Clovis is bisected by California State Highway 168 and is located near State Highways 41, 99 and 180.

Named for Clovis M. Cole, one of its most prominent early residents, Clovis originated as a freight stop along the San Joaquin Valley Railroad (later to become the Southern Pacific Railroad). The community's development was aided by a burgeoning lumbering industry and further boosted by a growing prominence in the grain production and livestock industries. Incorporated as a city in 1912, Clovis took shape as a distinctly western town and has since maintained its small town community flavor. The city today has an economic base consisting chiefly of retail sales and services and light manufacturing, and carries a reputation of being a great place to live.

Clovis Points of Interest

A popular vacation destination, Clovis is only a short drive to the Sierra Nevada, home to Yosemite and Sequoia National parks. Visitors come to Clovis for many other reasons too. Old Town Clovis is the city's oldest and most charming area, having benefited from an impressive redevelopment effort begun more than 20 years ago. Brimming with classic brick sidewalks leading to quaint antique shops and a variety of ethnic restaurants, Old Town is a turn-of-the-century western getaway. Among the city's annual events is the Clovis Rodeo, held on the last weekend in April and September's ClovisFest, an annual event which draws over 70,000 people and includes the "Red Hot & Real BBQ Championship" competition. Sports fans are only minutes away from professional action in the neighboring city of Fresno, home of three minor league pro teams. The Fresno Grizzlies play in the Pacific Coast League and serve as the Class Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants. Hockey's Fresno Falcons play in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and Fresno is also home to the Central Valley Coyotes of the Arena Football 2 (Af2) League.

People

Total Population 100,437
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 11.7%
Employed Population 16+ 42,971
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 49.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.5%
Median Earnings25+ $41,700
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,565
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,740

Wealth

Median Family Income $72,787
% Above Poverty Level 86.2%
% Below Poverty Level 13.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 22.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,068
Median House Value $247,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.2%
US/American 1%
English 8.9%
Irish 9.8%

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

Clovis Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 6 miles NE of Fresno, California
County Fresno
Metro Area Fresno
Standard Zip Codes 93611, 93612, 93619
P.O. Box Zip Codes 93613
Phone Area Codes 559
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.825
Longitude -119.701

Clovis 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 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 12.1 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 BALCH POWER HOUSE
Distance 34.8 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 53 F
Apr Temp 46 to 70 F
Jul Temp 66 to 93 F
Oct Temp 53 to 77 F
Annual Precip 30.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fowler 6,006 $50,573
Fresno 510,451 $45,806
Kerman 14,285 $45,563
Parlier 14,870 $29,881
Sanger 24,700 $49,903
Selma 24,017 $45,414

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

Clovis Hospitals

COMMUNITY MEDICAL CENTER - CLOVIS
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
2755 HERNDON AVE
(559) 324-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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BUCHANAN HIGH
1560 N. MINNEWAWA
559-327-3000
Serves 2,679 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.4

CLOVIS EAST HIGH
4343 N. LEONARD AVE.
559-327-4000
Serves 2,474 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.7

CLOVIS HIGH
1055 FOWLER AVE.
559-327-1000
Serves 2,390 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.8

GATEWAY HIGH (CONT.)
5689 E. HERNDON AVE.
559-327-1800
A Non-traditional School
Serves 433 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

ENTERPRISE ALTERNATIVE (IND. ST.)
1550 HERNDON
559-327-1900
A Non-traditional School
Serves 107 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.3

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1685 DAVID E. COOK WAY
559-327-1980
A Non-traditional School
Serves 51 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.8

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