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.

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 (14.05%), sales jobs (11.38%), and management occupations (6.70%).

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: 0.80% 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.

The percentage of adults in Fresno who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.09% of the adults in Fresno have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Fresno in 2010 was $19,226, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $76,904 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 30.64% 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. The greatest number of Fresno residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Fresno also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 48.03% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fresno include Irish, English, Italian, and Armenian.

Fresno also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 21.13%.

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