Fresno, California

The Location

Fresno, CA is in the center of the San Joaquin Valley and is the largest city in the Central Valley, which contains the San Joaquin Valley. It is approximately 200 miles north of Los Angeles, and 170 miles south of the state capital, Sacramento. With a population of 509,000, it is the fifth largest city in California and the 34th largest in the nation. Fresno is a unique mixture of more than 80 different nationalities. The various cultures that make up the community of Fresno are much like mosaic pieces that together make a beautiful picture. Many consider Fresno to be the perfect size—offering the best of urban amenities and opportunities with the unique charms and easy living of a small town. There are many wonderful cultural and recreational experiences available in, or near, the city of Fresno.

Arts and Entertainment

Downtown Fresno is the place where Central California’s arts scene thrives. From the internationally renowned collection of public art on the Fulton Corridor to the numerous galleries and studios that local artists call home. Creativity abounds throughout the Cultural Arts District, which is home to an ever-expanding collection of public murals as well as some of the Valley’s most noted cultural arts organizations.

River Park is a shopping center featuring mall type stores, restaurants, and a movie theater. Fresno has become an epicurean mecca with a wide range of dining options from Mediterranean to the Dog House Grill. 

With an enviable location and climate, Fresno is host to a number of golf courses offering year-round play. 

Fresno offers nearly 80 parks, including Woodward Park, which features a multi-use amphitheatre that seats up to 2,500 people, an authentic Japanese Garden, fenced dog park, exercise par course, three children's playgrounds, a lake, 3 small ponds, 7 picnic areas and five miles of multipurpose trails that are part of the San Joaquin River Parkway’s Lewis S. Eaton Trail. Camp Fresno offer swimming, boating, fishing, hiking and off highway vehicle driving. Horseback riding is provided at nearby pack stations. Camp Fresno programs include: nature activities, crafts, campfire programs, movies, and family games.


Fresno public schools are operated by the Fresno Unified School District. The top rated schools in Fresno, each with a 10 out of 10 rankings include Morris E. Dailey Charter Elementary School, Granite Ridge Intermediate School, Fort Washington Elementary and James S. Fugman Elementary. There are also many private schools from which to choose. 

Postsecondary education options include Fresno State University, California State University, Fresno and Fresno Pacific University

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