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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    B
Coalinga is a town in California with a population of 16,538. Coalinga is in Fresno County. Living in Coalinga offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Coalinga there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Coalinga and residents tend to lean liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$165,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$851
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    361.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    12.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    18.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    48.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    439.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    867.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    162.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    20%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    7%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    7%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    29%
    13%

Working in Coalinga

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$61,026
National
$55,322
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Coalinga Reviews

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Coalinga is perfect small town. All grade schools are located near each other including the college! Commuting is short distance and many well paid job opportunities. However, there no hospital.
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I lived in Coalinga for a little over 2 years and couldn't wait to get out. The housing is very cheap (compared to places like L.A.), but that is really the only upside other than a decent public library. Why are the prices low? Because no one wants to live there.

Isolated, boring, smells like cow manure, and is basically a godforsaken hellhole. It's around 100 degrees at least five months of the year, and the people have a small-town mentality that Coalinga is the center of the earth.

Why anyone would live there voluntarily is beyond me. It's dying and the hospital, newspaper, and the K-Mart closed while I lived there. You have to drive 45 minutes just to go to a Target or Wal-Mart. Fresno is the only larger city nearby and it's 80 miles away.

The air and water are toxic and it is a breeding ground for "Valley Fever." And the bugs are everywhere. Huge spiders, roaches, flies, you name it.
A farming town where anything able to bring excitement is at least an hour away. However, most towns in the whole county are like this. Compared to other cities Coalinga would be categorized with, it has a bit more to offer. By that, I just mean more places to eat. Sometimes it does occur to me of the majority of opportunities I could have if I lived somewhere else. Although the safety and the tightness of the community is something I'd never trade for another.