With a population of just over half a million, Fresno is the fifth-largest city in California and, notably, the largest inland city in the state. It’s near the geographical center of California, close to halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. It is also within 75 miles of Yosemite, King Canyon National Park, and Sequoia National Park. As such, it offers an interesting slice of the Golden State.
The median listing price for a home in Fresno, CA is $233,100 with a median square footage of 1,556. This makes the median price per square foot $150. Home values in Fresno are around four percent higher than for the United States as a whole. However, this is low in comparison to the other large cities in California, particularly San Francisco and San Jose.
Education and Culture
Fresno, CA’s public-school system is primarily served by the Fresno Unified School District. This organization has an enrollment of around 74,000 students and is California’s fourth-largest school district. Some portions of the city are served by smaller districts.
The city’s main state university is California State University, Fresco. The University of California, Merced and the University of California, San Francisco both have Fresno campuses also.
Fresno houses several performing arts and music venues, historic theaters and museums. There are also regular events and festivals such as the Fresno County Blossom Trail, The Big Fresno Fair and an LGBT pride parade.
Fresno is the economic hub of the San Joaquin Valley. The surrounding rural areas are predominantly tied to large-scale agriculture. Petco, Valley Yellow Pages and Saladino’s are all headquartered in Fresno. As of 2015, these are the largest employers in Fresno, CA:
- Community Medical Centers
- City of Fresno
- Saint Agnes Medical Center
- Kaiser Permanente
- California State University, Fresno
The city was also where the BankAmericard credit card, later renamed Visa, was founded. Its central location helps Fresno to continue to play a role in the state’s economy.