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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  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 513,807. Fresno is in Fresno County. Living in Fresno offers residents a 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.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$187,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$901
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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Fresno Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    339
    283
  • Murder
    11
    6
  • Rape
    33
    41
  • Robbery
    182
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    693
    500
  • Theft
    2,618
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    530
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$41,842
National
$55,322
Children
25%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    25%
    13%

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Fresno has a lot of entertainment areas, job opportunities, and is family friendly. I like how Fresno continues to grow as a city. There are a lot of positive comments to say about Fresno. However, there are a number of things that need to addressed. Education is one of the main issues that need to be addressed, especially in Southeast Fresno. I have experienced situations where teachers do not make an effort to adjust their teaching strategies for their audience. Another major issue that needs to be addressed is possibly providing better resources to better educate individuals who are not aware of resources available for them. Overall, Fresno has been doing a great job in its progress!
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Fresno is currently very smokey due to the local wildfires. It is also hot since it's the middle of summer. Overall, I think Fresno has a good sense of community. People are generally kind when out and about. It has good restaurants and fun things to do, such as Bowlero, lazer tag, multiple movie theaters and shopping centers! It has fun coffee shops and nice parks. Traffic is not a huge concern, but does increase around 7am and 5pm usually. Fresno has multiple malls with a great selection of stores. Like any town, there are good areas and bad areas. Everything is generally pretty affordable.
Living in Fresno, CA for me, has been "Middle of the Road." I unfortunately, have not had the experience in living in any other city, giving any proper comparison would be difficult.
I do however find, that living in Fresno and within the San Joaquin Valley does have it's good points. Fresno is only a short drive away from coastal or mountainous destinations. We have local multi- cultural events happening on any given weekend, not to mention our sister-city of Clovis, CA... offers an array of fun activities that anyone can participate in.
Just a couple examples would be the Annual Clovis Rodeo, Clovis-Fest, and of course the ever popular Annual Big Hat Day. These events draw people from all over California to shop at the craft fair, eat food from fabulous vendors that travel to Clovis, just to be a part of this 3-day event, which kicks off Rodeo Season.
Fresno also has many multi-cultural museums. My personal favorite is The Veterans Museum. It is truly amazing!