Fresno, CA

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Living in Fresno

Fresno is a large city located in the state of California. With a population of 527,438 people and 127 constituent neighborhoods, Fresno is the fifth largest community in California.

Unlike some cities, Fresno isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Fresno are a mix 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 (13.74%), sales jobs (10.64%), and food service (6.95%).

Fresno is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Fresno. This makes Fresno a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Fresno presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

Fresno is one of the most car-oriented large cities in America. A full 80.77% of people drive their car alone to work each day. If you like to drive, you'll love it. And you better. Because walking to work is just not a viable option for most people who live in Fresno. Highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers are part of the common Fresno landscape.

The education level of Fresno citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.85% of adults 25 and older in Fresno have a college 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.

In addition, Fresno has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (20.20%).

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