Fresno, CA
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Living in Fresno


Fresno is a large city located in the state of California. With a population of 530,093 people and 127 constituent neighborhoods, Fresno is the fifth largest community in California.

Fresno is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (13.74%), sales jobs (10.64%), and food service (6.95%).

One thing noticeable about Fresno, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Fresno is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Fresno a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Fresno is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

Of the large cities in America, Fresno is one of the most car-oriented. This is reflected in the urban landscape, which features highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers of all sizes. It is also reflected in the statistics: 80.77% of people in Fresno drive to work in their own car everyday, most often alone. So, if you're going to live in Fresno, you'll need to learn to love driving. Alternative forms of transportation aren't very widely used or supported.

In terms of college education, Fresno is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.85% of adults 25 and older in Fresno have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Fresno in 2010 was $21,286, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $85,144 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 49.05% 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Fresno's cultural character, accounting for 20.20% of the city’s population.

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