Fresno, CA
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Fresno is a large city located in the state of California. With a population of 520,052 people and 127 constituent neighborhoods, Fresno is the fifth largest community in California.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Fresno is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Fresno is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Fresno who work in office and administrative support (13.80%), sales jobs (11.32%), and management occupations (6.73%).

In terms of college education, Fresno is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.00% of adults 25 and older in Fresno have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Fresno in 2010 was $19,465, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $77,860 for a family of four. However, Fresno contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Fresno is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Fresno home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Fresno, accounting for 48.54% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Fresno residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Fresno include Irish, English, Italian, and Armenian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Fresno's cultural character, accounting for 20.57% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Fresno is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Miao/Hmong.