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Fresno, CA, City and Higher Education Facts

Located in California's southern Central Valley, Fresno is a fast-growing city with an evolving economic base and a relatively low cost of living by California standards. Universities and colleges in the area include Fresno State University, Fresno City College and Fresno Pacific University.

Information about Fresno

The city of Fresno is situated in Fresno County and is the heart of a metropolitan area of more than 1 million residents in the San Joaquin Valley. As of 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of Fresno at 515,986. The median household income of Fresno residents, from 2010-2014, was $41,455, compared to the nationwide median of $53,482.

Fresno boasts its own philharmonic orchestra, grand opera and ballet, as well as a selection of museums, festivals and cultural centers. The city sponsors a monthly Art Hop, in which local artists display and sell their work to an audience that includes Fresno residents and visitors. Other attractions include the Forestiere Underground Gardens, an underground structure built by Italian immigrant Baldasare Forestiere that spans ten acres and includes passageways, rooms and public areas.

Higher Education

Fresno is home to California State University at Fresno, also known as Fresno State, a four-year public university that was ranked the 12th-best public regional school in the west by U.S. News & World Report for 2016. Other schools in the Fresno area include Fresno Pacific University, the San Joaquin College of Law and Fresno City College, a two-year public community college.

Economy and Employment

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Fresno's economy. As of April 2016, government employed almost 74,000 people. Trade, transportation, and utilities employed about 65,000 people, while education and health services employed nearly 63,000 people. Top industries included educational services, health care and social assistance, public administration and retail trade. Major companies with operations in the Fresno area include Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Fresno Community Hospital and Medical Center, Fresno Community Hospitals, Fresno County government, and Fresno State University.

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