Introduction to Firebaugh, California

Firebaugh, California is 30 miles S of Merced, California and 38 miles W of Fresno. It is in Fresno County. The city is part of the Fresno metro area. 

Firebaugh History

Firebaugh was incorporated in 1914. The city was named after a renowned local entrepreneur, Andrew D. Firebaugh. Ferries were the major mode of transportation in Firebaugh before bridges, roads and railway tracks were constructed, and the San Joaquin River played a key role in the development of the area. Andrew Firebaugh built a toll road from Bell Station to Pacheco Pass, improving transportation in the area. The toll road went along a route parallel to the current State Route 152.

Firebaugh and Nearby Attractions

  • Castle Air Museum.
  • George J. Hatfield State Park.
  • Fresno Art Museum.
  • Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge.
  • San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area.

Things To Do In Firebaugh

The Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge, the Volta State Wildlife Area and the Merced National Wildlife Refuge are all accessible from Firebaugh. The San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area, located in San Joaquin Valley, offers opportunities for fishing, boating, camping and board sailing.

Firebaugh Transportation

Fresno Yosemite International is the nearest major airport.

Firebaugh Higher Education

Merced College, West Hills Community College and California State University-Stanislaus are the local centers of higher education.


Total Population 8,084
Male Share of the Population 53.6%
Female Share of the Population 46.4%
Senior Citizens 5.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,099
Age of the Population 26


% of people married 39.8%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 3.7%
Median Earnings25+ $20,442
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,133
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,634


Median Family Income $41,104
% Above Poverty Level 66.5%
% Below Poverty Level 33.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home %
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.1%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 6.6%
Median Gross Rent $679
Median House Value $121,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 86.6%
US/American 0%
English 0.2%
Irish 1.1%

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

Firebaugh Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles S of Merced, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 38 miles W of Fresno, California
County Fresno
Metro Area Fresno
Standard Zip Codes 93622
Phone Area Codes 559
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.858
Longitude -120.455

Firebaugh 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 24.2 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 27.8 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 42 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
Chowchilla 18,384 $35,751
Dos Palos 5,068 $34,334
Kerman 14,285 $45,563
Madera 63,053 $41,504
Mendota 11,402 $25,846
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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Firebaugh High Schools

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Serves 707 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

A Non-traditional School
Serves 28 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

A Non-traditional School
Serves 1 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 1

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