The City of Fresno is the largest city in the San Joaquin Valley and the fifth largest city in California, with a population of
more than 545,000 residents. Fresno is the financial core of the San Joaquin Valley, and its economy relies on its large-scale
agricultural production. Revitalization of Downtown Fresno’s core and the construction of High Speed Rail are two of many
exciting projects that continue to successfully support Fresno’s growing economy.
Located in the geographical center of California, Fresno offers many sights. From fertile agricultural fields, an abundance of lakes, and the snowy Sierra Nevada mountain range, the scenic variety in Fresno is large. Fresno also features a diverse
selection of dining, shopping, farmers markets, vibrant arts and culture, wineries, as well as a variety of attractions. With 300
days of sunshine a year, the climate in Fresno is the source of its agricultural productivity, and allows year-round recreational
activities including sailing, snow and water skiing, fishing, backpacking, and golfing.
Los Angeles is approximately four hours south and the San Francisco Bay Area is approximately three hours north. Fresno is l...ocated in proximity to three sites of natural beauty: Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, and Sequoia National Park. Residents and visitors alike enjoy these scenes and others, including the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Another advantage to living in Fresno is the exceptional housing that is available at lower price levels than
California’s other large metropolitan areas. The current median home price in Fresno is approximately $300,000. There are four large school districts in the Fresno area, Fresno Unified, Central Unified, Sanger Unified and Clovis Unified. Fresno is the home of California State University, Fresno, as well as a number of other colleges and universities.
Fresno is a full-service charter city operating under a strong mayor form of government. There are seven Council Members. The Council appoints the City Attorney and the City Clerk. The Mayor is elected at- large and does not serve on the Council, but has veto power over certain actions taken by the City Council. The City Manager, who is appointed by the Mayor, is responsible for appointing all other department heads in the City. The City has a total all funds budget of $1.3 billion and a General Fund budget of $582 million.