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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-
Fresno is a city in California with a population of 522,277. Fresno is in Fresno County. Living in Fresno offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Fresno there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Fresno and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Fresno are above average.
About Fresno...
Population
522,277

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$224,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$969
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%
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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
    346.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    6
    6.1
  • Rape
    32
    40.7
  • Robbery
    170.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    554.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,345.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    444.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    17%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    23%
    13%

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I moved to Fresno 19 years ago from Illinois. Before I left Illinois, friends said, "Wow, California!" When I arrived, people said, "Why Fresno?" I have to say that Fresno was definitely a step up from the Midwest, but if someone from SoCal or the Central Coast or Northern California moved here, I'd have to say they definitely stepped down.
Pros of living in Fresno (in my opinion):
1. It never gets bitter cold as it does in the Midwest, and it never snows.
2. The cost of living here is more affordable than other parts of California.
3. It doesn't rain from April to October, so you can plan outdoor events.
4. Fresno is pretty sheltered from natural disasters. I mean, we're surrounded by disasters, i.e. fires, earthquakes, mudslides, floods, etc., but not here.
Cons of living in Fresno:
1. It's freaking HOT (over 100 degrees) for months!
2. The air pollution is HORRIBLE for most of the year.
3. Not a lot to do.
4. It doesn't rain.
4. Did I say it's freaking hot? It's STUPID hot!
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Fresno is mostly filled with friendly people, small businesses, services and beautiful greenery in specific parts, especially the north. The downtown area is getting a rapid makeover thanks to the welcoming of startups and bustling entrepreneurial activities. Residential areas are also mostly peaceful, sanitary and welcoming. The atmosphere of Fresno for the past years has been lively, friendly and full of potential. This, however, has been unfortunately disrupted recently due to frequent disturbance stirred by political clashes and national movements. Police officers have remained active and aware of the situation, thus had appeared to dispatch more personnel to active areas. The result is most crimes are taken care of switfly and professionally. University life ever since the pandemic has changed significantly physically but not so much virtually since most students are still exposed to the same, quality education from great instructors. Overall, Fresno is an opportunity hub.
I've lived in Fresno all my life and it's a great city for those looking for an affordable cost of living and many people are moving here from the Bay and SoCal. The mountains, ocean and California's most popular national park Yosemite are all just about an hour away which makes Fresno a great location for those adventurers. I would say Fresno is a beautiful city but there are pockets and the amount of activities are still quite limited but are expanding.

For those looking to go to college on a limited budget Fresno State University is a great alternative compared to cities like SF or LA. Overall Fresno is a great spot but for I'm looking for a change personally and would love to move to a more urban area. But for folks on a budget or families looking for a place with a high standard of living but for a lower cost, Fresno is perfect!