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Overview

Introduction to Madera, California

Madera, California, in Madera county, is 21 miles NW of Fresno, California. It's situated in California's Central Valley and includes a prominent Latino community. It features numerous almond groves and factory farms. The county is a major producer of grapes. The city's name is derived from the Spanish word for "timber." Agriculture is the primary factor for the region's economy. A variety of manufacturing facilities provide employment in the county.

Madera History

The Miwok, Yokut and Mono Indians were the original inhabitants of the region. In 1827 a small contingent of hunters arrived from Salt Lake City. The Gold Rush of 1849 brought miners to the county and serious problems occurred between the miners and the Indians. The Miwok and the Yokut were almost destroyed by a local battalion. Settlers arrived to farm the fertile soil. Grapes and wheat were common crops.

The first lumber mill was constructed in 1852 and lumber became an important factor for the region's economy. In 1874 the California Lumber Company established a business in the county. The company constructed flumes and filled them with water to transport timber down to the city of Madera. The arrival of the timber was a major factor in the development of Madera. The city was incorporated in 1907.

Madera Attractions

  • Madera Speedway.
  • Madera County Historical Museum.
  • Madera District Fair.
  • Old Timers Day.
  • Coarsegold Rodeo.
  • Logger's Jamboree.

Madera Activities

The beautiful Yosemite National Park is approximately 40 miles away and is popular for camping, hiking and enjoying the scenic views. The nearby Sequoia National Park, Inyo National Forest, Sierra National Forest, Minarets Wild Area and the Nelder Grove of giant redwoods are popular destinations. Bass, Madera, Eastman, Hensley and Black Hawk lakes are some of the locations enjoyed for outdoor recreation. Visitors enjoy the Madera Wine Trail which includes numerous wineries.

The nearby Chilnualna Fall, Eagle Peak and Buena Vista trails provide opportunities for scenic hikes. The Fresno River, Chowchilla River and Coarse Gold Creek are utilized for whitewater paddling. The ski resort at Badger Pass is approximately 29 miles away. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the region's courses including the Ahwahnee Golf Course, Brighton Crest Country Club and the Madera Municipal Golf Course.

Madera Higher Education

The city is home to the Madera Center Community College.

People

Total Population 63,053
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 8.2%
Employed Population 16+ 18,525
Age of the Population 28

Families

% of people married 43.7%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 9%
Median Earnings25+ $22,586
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,035
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,722

Wealth

Median Family Income $41,504
% Above Poverty Level 72.4%
% Below Poverty Level 27.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 18%
Median Gross Rent $890
Median House Value $153,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 86.3%
US/American 0%
English 1.8%
Irish 1.8%

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

Madera Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 21 miles NW of Fresno, California
County Madera
Metro Area Fresno
Standard Zip Codes 93637, 93638
P.O. Box Zip Codes 93639
Phone Area Codes 559
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.961
Longitude -120.059

Madera 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 MADERA
Distance 1.7 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
Station FRIANT GOVERNMENT CAMP
Distance 19.1 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 SOUTH ENTR YOSEMITE NP
Distance 43.6 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 45 F
Apr Temp 30 to 54 F
Jul Temp 49 to 78 F
Oct Temp 37 to 63 F
Annual Precip 42 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chowchilla 18,384 $35,751
Clovis 100,437 $72,787
Firebaugh 8,084 $41,104
Fresno 510,451 $45,806
Kerman 14,285 $45,563
Mendota 11,402 $25,846

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

Madera Public Libraries

Library
Madera County Library
121 N. G ST.
Madera, California
(559) 675-7871

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Madera Hospitals

MADERA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1250 E ALMOND AVE
(559) 675-5555
Emergency Service: Yes

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Madera High Schools

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MADERA HIGH
200 SOUTH L ST.
559-675-4444
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 3,999 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.5

LIBERTY HIGH
12220 ROAD 36
559-645-3500
Serves 325 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

FURMAN (DUANE E.) HIGH (ALTER.)
2635 AVENUE 13
559-675-4482
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 281 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26

SPECIAL EDUCATION
28123 AVENUE 14
559-674-0915
A Special Education School
Serves 276 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.6

MOUNTAIN VISTA HIGH (CONTINUATION)
1901 CLINTON ST.
559-675-4490
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 248 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

ENTERPRISE SECONDARY SCHOOL
28281 AVENUE 14
559-661-3570
A Non-traditional School
Serves 90 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

JUVENILE HALL (ENDEAVOR/VOYAGER SECONDARY)
28261 AVENUE 14
559-661-3570
A Non-traditional School
Serves 83 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

PIONEER TECHNICAL CENTER
1025 S. MADERA AVE.
559-664-1600
A Charter School.
Serves 62 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

BUENA VISTA HIGH SCHOOL
16362 PAULA ROAD
559-645-1137
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 39 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.8

INDEPENDENCE HIGH
37479 AVENUE 12
559-645-7521
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 28 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.2

ALTERNATIVE/OPPORTUNITY
28123 AVENUE 14
559-661-3570
A Non-traditional School
Serves 12 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

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