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.
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 service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Fresno who work in office and administrative support (11.57%), sales jobs (10.54%), and food service (6.91%).
Fresno is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Fresno is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.
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: 81.50% 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 population of Fresno overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Fresno, 21.57% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Fresno in 2010 was $22,277, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $89,108 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 49.37% 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 20.58% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Fresno is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Miao/Hmong.