Fresno, CA

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Living in Fresno

Fresno is a large city located in the state of California. With a population of 522,053 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 (13.52%), sales jobs (10.83%), and management occupations (6.79%).

One of the benefits of being a big city like Fresno is having a public transportation system, but in Fresno the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Fresno benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

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. 20.46% of adults 25 and older in Fresno have a college degree.

The per capita income in Fresno in 2010 was $20,141, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $80,564 for a family of four. However, Fresno contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Fresno also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.02% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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 48.62% 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 French .

Fresno also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 20.66%.

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