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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population63,398
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens8.2%
Employed Population 16+19,722
Age of the Population28

Families

% of people married44.9%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher8.4%
Median Earnings25+$23,404
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,196
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,559

Wealth

Median Family Income$41,464
% Above Poverty Level73.7%
% Below Poverty Level26.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work3%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone18.1%
Median Gross Rent$948
Median House Value$165,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)83.8%
German3.1%
Irish1.7%
English1.5%
Italian1.4%
Portuguese0.6%
French Except Basque0.5%
Dutch0.5%
Polish0.3%
Arab0.2%
Scottish0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
African0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Greek0.1%
Czech0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Russian0.1%
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Madera Almanac

CategoryValue
County Madera County
Standard Zip Codes93636, 93638, 93637
P.O. Box Zip Codes93639
Phone Area Codes559
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude36.93
Approximate Longitude-119.83

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)

StationMADERA
Distance1.7 miles
Jan Temp37 to 54 F
Apr Temp47 to 74 F
Jul Temp63 to 97 F
Oct Temp49 to 80 F
Annual Precip11.9 inches
StationFRIANT GOVERNMENT CAMP
Distance19.1 miles
Jan Temp38 to 55 F
Apr Temp44 to 73 F
Jul Temp61 to 99 F
Oct Temp50 to 81 F
Annual Precip14.7 inches
StationSOUTH ENTR YOSEMITE NP
Distance43.6 miles
Jan Temp25 to 45 F
Apr Temp30 to 54 F
Jul Temp49 to 78 F
Oct Temp37 to 63 F
Annual Precip42 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Chowchilla18,195$36,981
Clovis102,148$76,329
Firebaugh8,176$40,212
Fresno513,807$46,813
Kerman14,424$44,601
Mendota11,394$24,990

Madera Public Libraries

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

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Madera Hospitals

Valley Children's Hospital
(Non-profit)
9300 Valley Children's Place
Madera Community Hospital
(Non-profit)
1250 East Almond Avenue

Madera Public Schools

Centennial Independent Study
12150 Rd. 36
ZIP: 93636
Other
Total Enrollment 10
Children's Hospital Of Central California
9300 Valley Children's Pl., Ste. Ge02
ZIP: 93636
Other
Total Enrollment 11
Independence Continuation High
12150 Rd. 36
ZIP: 93636
High
Total Enrollment 7
Liberty High
12220 Rd. 36
ZIP: 93636
High
Total Enrollment 588
Lincoln Community Day
12150 Rd. 36
ZIP: 93636
High
Total Enrollment 4
Ranchos Middle
12455 Rd. 35 1/2
ZIP: 93636
Middle
Total Enrollment 332
Sierra View Elementary
16436 Paula Rd.
ZIP: 93636
Primary
Total Enrollment 386
Valley Teen Ranch Community Day
10535 Rd. 35
ZIP: 93636
High
Total Enrollment 24
Webster Elementary
36477 Ruth Ave.
ZIP: 93636
Primary
Total Enrollment 561
Alpha Elementary
900 Stadium Rd.
ZIP: 93637
Primary
Total Enrollment 762
Dixieland Elementary
18440 Rd. 19
ZIP: 93637
Primary
Total Enrollment 298
Eastin Arcola
29551 Ave. 8
ZIP: 93637
Primary
Total Enrollment 269
Furman (duane E.) High (independent Study Program)
955 W. Pecan Ave.
ZIP: 93637
Other
Total Enrollment 132
Gould Educational Center
117 W. Dunham
ZIP: 93637
Other
Total Enrollment 324
Howard Elementary
13878 Rd. 21 1/2
ZIP: 93637
Primary
Total Enrollment 571
James Madison Elementary
109 Stadium Rd.
ZIP: 93637
Primary
Total Enrollment 648
John Adams Elementary
1822 National Ave.
ZIP: 93637
Primary
Total Enrollment 792
La Vina Elementary
8594 Rd. 23
ZIP: 93637
Primary
Total Enrollment 273
Lincoln Elementary
650 Liberty Ln.
ZIP: 93637
Primary
Total Enrollment 820
Madera High
200 S. L St.
ZIP: 93637
High
Total Enrollment 2179
Madera South High
755 W. Pecan Ave.
ZIP: 93637
High
Total Enrollment 2832
Mountain Vista Educational Center
955 W. Pecan Ave.
ZIP: 93637
High
Total Enrollment 17
Parkwood Elementary
1150 E. Pecan Ave.
ZIP: 93637
Primary
Total Enrollment 723
Pioneer Technical Center
1025 S. Madera Ave.
ZIP: 93637
High
Total Enrollment 189
Thomas Jefferson Middle
1407 Sunset Ave.
ZIP: 93637
Middle
Total Enrollment 899
Apollo Elementary Community Day
28198 Ave. 14
ZIP: 93638
Berenda Elementary
26820 Club Dr.
ZIP: 93638
Primary
Total Enrollment 824
Cesar Chavez Elementary
2600 E. Pecan
ZIP: 93638
Primary
Total Enrollment 803
Enterprise Secondary
28261 Ave. 14
ZIP: 93638
Other
Total Enrollment 49
Ezequiel Tafoya Alvarado Academy
26247 Ellis St.
ZIP: 93638
Primary
Total Enrollment 391
George Washington Elementary
509 S. St.
ZIP: 93638
Primary
Total Enrollment 799
Jack G. Desmond Middle
26490 Martin St.
ZIP: 93638
Middle
Total Enrollment 854
James Monroe Elementary
1819 N. Lake St.
ZIP: 93638
Primary
Total Enrollment 776
John J. Pershing Elementary
1505 E. Ellis St.
ZIP: 93638
Primary
Total Enrollment 868
Juvenile Hall (endeavor/voyager Secondary)
28261 Ave. 14
ZIP: 93638
High
Total Enrollment 49
Madera County Independent Academy
28123 Ave. 14
ZIP: 93638
Other
Total Enrollment 357
Martin Luther King Jr. Middle
601 Lilly St.
ZIP: 93638
Middle
Total Enrollment 918
Millview Elementary
1609 Clinton St.
ZIP: 93638
Primary
Total Enrollment 873
Mountain Vista High
1901 Clinton Ave.
ZIP: 93638
High
Total Enrollment 171
Nishimoto Elementary
26460 Martin St.
ZIP: 93638
Primary
Total Enrollment 866
Sherman Thomas Charter
101 W. Adell St.
ZIP: 93638
Primary
Total Enrollment 207
Sherman Thomas Charter High
26303 Adell St.
ZIP: 93638
High
Total Enrollment 42
Sierra Vista Elementary
917 Olive Ave.
ZIP: 93638
Primary
Total Enrollment 808

Madera Private Schools

Genesis Provisions Christian Academy
37033 Manon Ave
ZIP: 93636
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 14
Faith Tabernacle Christian Academy
743 N H St
ZIP: 93637
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 37
St Joachim Elementary School
310 N I St
ZIP: 93637
Elementary
Total Enrollment 284
Crossroads Christian School
17755 Road 26
ZIP: 93638
Elementary
Total Enrollment 96
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