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Welcome to Fresno


Named after the ash trees dotting the San Joaquin River, Fresno is the capital city of Fresno County and the largest city in the Central Valley. Around 542,107 residents live here. It’s the most densely populated inland city in California and the fifth-most populous city in the state.
 
Once a mere stop on the Central Pacific Railroad, Fresno grew from a small town into a lively city at the heart of California’s Central Valley. Situated in Fresno County, San Joaquin Valley, Fresno is known for its natural beauty and bountiful orchards. It also has a multitude of cultural attractions, a vibrant arts scene, diverse farm-to-table food, and a warm, welcoming community.
 
Fresno’s prime location means real estate in Fresno, CA is highly coveted, and homes for sale in this area are considered some of the best in San Joaquin Valley.
 
If you’re thinking of buying a home where city life meets small-town warmth, then Fresno should be at the top of your list.
 

Fresno’s claim to fame

Fresno has made a name for itself as a hotspot for agricultural and economic development. It’s one of the country’s major producers of raisins, oranges, almonds, and grapes.
 
Since its incorporation in the late 19th century, the city rapidly grew in population and, in 1960, joined the ranks of the 100 most populated cities in the country.
 
Fresno is fairly close to California’s geographic center. Los Angeles is roughly 220 miles south, San Francisco 185 miles southwest, and Sacramento 170 miles north.
 
Serving Fresno are a few major thoroughfares that make it easy to get in and around the city. It sits at the intersection of Highways 41 and 99, which connect it to key areas such as Yosemite National Park and major urban areas in the San Joaquin Valley.
 

Nearby attractions

Living in Fresno means living with nature at your doorstep. Its access to an abundance of parks and outdoor facilities makes it highly desirable for families who want green public spaces for their children to enjoy, as well as people who lead an active lifestyle.
 
Yosemite National Park is nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and is about 61 miles north. To the east are Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, known for their gigantic sequoia trees and beautiful trails.
 

A glimpse into Fresno’s past

  • Once home to the Yokuts, an indigenous tribe native to Central California, Fresno was a fertile agricultural region. The Yokuts found the area perfect for irrigation and soon put down roots here.

  • The Yokuts were Fresno’s only inhabitants until halfway through the 19th century when the Spanish arrived. The onset of the California Gold Rush witnessed a population boom that started in 1848. 

  • In 1871, the Central Pacific Railroad Company (CPRC) conducted an inspection of the lands near Fresno, specifically A.Y. Easterby’s 2,000-acre ranch. Impressed by its quality, director Leland Stanford ordered the establishment of a town in this area. 

  • The CPRC officially founded Fresno in 1872. The city soon skyrocketed in agricultural and economic development and reached over 10,000 residents by 1890. 

  • Over the next few years, Fresno County would make its mark as the country’s largest exporter of agricultural goods. Among the crops produced were peaches, almonds, nectarines, and cotton. The city also supplied wine, glass, fruits, vegetables, dairy, forest products, and carpets. It had notable ties to the machinery and electronics industries.

  • Today, Fresno County is an agricultural powerhouse, netting over $3 billion in annual sales of agricultural products.

Fresno spans about 115 square miles. Surrounding it are the various unincorporated communities and cities in and around Fresno County, with Clover City flanking the northeastern border. Living here puts you in proximity to national parks, such as Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia.
 

The Best Neighborhoods in Fresno, CA

Fresno has a diverse culture that can vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. Depending on their location, some properties are tucked away in secluded lots while others are closer to busy streets and commercial districts.
 

Woodward Park

Located in the highly prized area of northern Fresno, Woodward Park is an affluent neighborhood elevated by a mix of eclectic boutiques, forested walking trails, and reputable public schools. This community-oriented neighborhood is often the top pick for families and young professionals.
 
Among its attractions are the namesake Woodward Park (the largest park in Fresno), Japanese gardens and restaurants, and a fine selection of local bistros.
 

Tower District

Renowned for its lively nightlife and stirring music scene, Tower District is the ultimate destination if you want to experience the city’s entertainment. Considered the urban center of Fresno’s Historic Tower District, the neighborhood is fringed with independent cafes, thrift stores, art galleries, bars, and vintage record stores.
 
Here, you’ll discover Fresno's vibrant counterculture consisting of artists and musicians. The neighborhood’s charm draws not only millennials but also older generations of Fresnoans.
 

Fig Garden

A tranquil, historic neighborhood at the heart of Fresno, Fig Garden is known for its traditional architecture, charming homes, and landmark fig trees that line its streets. This neighborhood offers a distinctly relaxed feel, making it the frequent choice for buyers looking for a slower-paced, leisurely lifestyle.
 
Mature trees provide pleasant weather that allows residents to take advantage of the nearby outdoor attractions. The streets are walkable and easy to navigate, with numerous trails for jogging, cycling, and dog walking.
 
Prominent architectural styles in this neighborhood include Adobe, Bungalow, and Period Revival.
 

Copper River Ranch

One of the newer neighborhoods in Fresno, Copper River Ranch is a master-planned community with an array of luxury homes and gated estates on spacious lots. It’s an attractive, well-kept area with outstanding views of the Sierra Nevada and San Joaquin bluffs.
 
Here you can expect first-rate community amenities, including fitness facilities, culinary venues, and green spaces. As a resident of Copper River Ranch, you have the opportunity to become a member of the exclusive Copper River Country Club. Members-only amenities include a 25-meter heated swimming pool, top-tier tennis courts, and access to the Copper River Golf Course.
 
Ideal for families with young children, Copper River Ranch is served by the high-performing Clovis Unified School District.
 

Sunnyside

A peaceful suburb in southeast Fresno, Sunnyside offers an excellent quality of life for families, retirees, and young homeowners. One of its strongest draws is the large selection of reputable public schools, including Hallmark Charter SchoolDesign Science Middle College High School, and University High School.
 
Initially developed in the 1950s, Sunnyside is located near major highways so commuting downtown is relatively easy. Plus, it has a high rate of homeownership and a small population that allows you to build good relations with your neighbors.
 
You’ll also have the opportunity to join the Sunnyside Country Club, a prestigious group with a championship golf course and top-tier pool facilities.
 

Downtown Fresno

If you’re looking for a home that’s close to work, Downtown Fresno may meet your needs. Living in the city’s center puts you within walking distance of corporate offices and entertainment venues, making it easy to establish a work-life balance. It has affordable properties and a lively community.
 

Fresno High

Built on and around the oldest high school in Fresno, historic Fresno High has a wide range of properties. Homes are within minutes of cafes, parks, restaurants, and community centers, as well as a freeway that makes traveling to work convenient.
 
Fresno High has strong roots and a visible sense of community. Many residents have lived here for more than a decade, which adds to its neighborly feel. Properties range in price and size, giving buyers enough options to find a home that suits their budget and lifestyle.
 

Living in Fresno, CA

Shopping and dining

 
  • Fashion Fair Mall on East Shaw Avenue is a premier shopping and dining destination offering upscale fashion, lifestyle, and culinary experiences. It holds a wide selection of beauty, kids’ apparel, travel, luxury, health, pet care, and electronics brands. Retailers include Forever 21, Michael Kors, Pandora, and Aldo, and dining spots like Fleming’s and The Cheesecake Factory.

  • River Park Shopping on Via La Plata is an outdoor shopping center housing high-end brands, local merchants, and well-known restaurants, as well as a lineup of art galleries and office spaces. The one-stop shop has a packed events calendar that includes the local farmers market, concerts, mobile pet adoption centers, community yoga programs, and senior bingo nights. 

  • Fig Garden Village is Fig Garden’s designated commercial center offering a mix of chain stores and local shops, including Starbucks, Pottery Barn, Patio Cafe, and Out of the Barrel Taproom.

  • Heirloom Eats is a slow-food restaurant with a colorful seasonal menu featuring the finest local ingredients. 

  • Pismo’s Coastal Grill serves everything from seafood platters, specialty salads, classic American burgers, and mouthwatering desserts.

  • Sam’s Italian Deli and Market is one of the most highly-ranked specialty markets in Fresno. The place offers Italian fare, wine, sandwiches, cold cuts, and fresh meat.

  • Mad Duck Craft Brewery is a neighborhood pub that produces handmade brews in small batches, with blends ranging from classic pub ale to oatmeal stout and American wheat beer. 

 

Entertainment and attractions

  1. Forestiere Underground Gardens

    In the 1900s, self-taught builder and citrus farmer Baldassare Forestiere started transforming large portions of unused farmland into an underground retreat. The result was one of the most intricate subterranean networks in local history.

    For over 40 years, Forestiere built passageways, grottos, and courtyards filled with fruit trees and grapevines. His elaborate handwork can be seen in the stone walls, arches, and vaults, largely inspired by the ancient catacombs from his hometown in Sicily. Using only simple farming tools and a local hardpan, he managed to create an impressive 10 acre-retreat that goes as deep as 25 feet belowground.

    Guests can explore this remarkable landmark any day of the week. You can also learn more about its history through a guided tour.

  2. Fresno Art Museum

    At the Fresno Art Museum, visitors can view a mesmerizing permanent collection exhibiting over 3,600 paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures. The collection acts as a window to the past, showcasing art pieces from the Pre-Columbian periods of Latin America all the way to the 21st century. It also offers an immersive experience through rotating exhibits, educational arts programs, and artist forums.
     
    Keep an eye out for works by renowned artists like Salvador Dali, August Madrigal, Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, Norman Rockwell, Nancy Youdelman, Andy Warhol, and Ansel Adams.

  3. Rogue Festival

    The Rogue Festival is an annual Fresno tradition that supports the city’s independent artists and fringe acts. The non-juried arts showcase is open to all performances and mediums, including film, theater, comedy, magic, spoken word, music, dance, and much more. The entire event takes place over the course of 6 days and features over 100 local talents.

  4. Film Festivals

    Fresno hosts two prominent annual film festivals. The Fresno Film Festival, a three-day event in November, presents a selection of local and international movies and documentaries that explore the stories of Fresno and the Central Valley. It also highlights homegrown talents and films.

    In September, Fresno Reel Pride takes center stage, spotlighting LGBTQ+ films and filmmakers from Fresno and across the country. This inclusive festival provides a valuable opportunity for dialogue and appreciation of local LGBTQ+ cinema.
 

Outdoor recreation

 
  • Woodward Park is Fresno County’s largest park encompassing 300 acres of trail, gardens, playgrounds, and pet-friendly spaces. You’ll find miles of trails for walkers, cyclists, and hikers to explore. Here are some points of interest:

  • The Lewis S. Eaton Trail, a 7.7-mile route, goes all the way to the ridges of the San Joaquin River with the Sierra Nevada Mountains as its backdrop. This is considered a moderate hike, better suited for those who want a challenge.

  • The historic Shinzen Friendship Garden has vibrant blossoms, bonsai trees, and a tranquil koi pond. 

  • The Woodward BMX Course is the perfect venue for riders who want to hone their technique, compete in a bike race, or join a mountain biking course.

  • For golf enthusiasts, there are various golf courses in the Fresno area. The Copper River Golf Course is a members-only 18-hole championship course developed by David W. Pfaff and set on the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The Sunnyside Golf Course was designed by William Parker Bell and is also a championship course. It spans 6,950 yards and features challenging bunkers, tree-lined fairways, and bentgrass greens. Among the tournaments hosted here are:

    • Fresno City Amateur

    • USGA National Junior Championship

    • California State Open

    • NCPGA Pro Scratch

    Other courses in the city include the Riverside Municipal Golf Course, Fig Garden Golf Course, and Airways Municipal Golf Course.

  • Kings Canyon National Park is often called the land of the giants. Only an hour away by car, the park is home to some of the largest trees on earth, including the famous General Sherman Tree which stands at an astounding 84 meters tall and is thought to be around 2,500 years old. Apart from the giant sequoias, visitors can also enjoy the scenic beauty of Crescent Meadow, experience the adrenaline rush of climbing Moro Rock, or delve into the rich history of Crystal Cave.

  • Yosemite National Park is one of the most famous natural wonders in the country, if not the world. With plenty of hiking trails, waterfalls, and lush orchards to see, this national park has no less than 4 million visitors every year.

 

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Overview for Fresno, CA

538,678 people live in Fresno, where the median age is 31.7 and the average individual income is $26,368. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Around Fresno, CA

There's plenty to do around Fresno, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Outlaws BBQ Catering, Jerky Jerky, and The Pie Mamas.

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Dining 0.86 miles 24 reviews 5/5 stars
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Active 4.79 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Fresno, CA

Fresno has 174,756 households, with an average household size of 3.03. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Fresno do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 538,678 people call Fresno home. The population density is 4,659.77 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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