Fresno 58 Below average
Fresno Livability #1,081 ranked city in California#25,258 ranked city in the USARanks better than 13% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Fresno Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D- Fresno Cost of Living Cost of living is 22% lower than California
1099% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Fresno cost of living
F Fresno Crime Total crime is 45% higher than California
Total crime
3,74259% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2759% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%Year over year crime is down
Fresno crime
F Fresno Employment Household income is 34% lower than California
Median household income
$41,84224% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,14132% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
8%67% higher than the US average
Fresno employment
D+ Fresno Housing Home value is 54% lower than California
Median home value
$187,5002% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9015% lower than the US average
Home ownership
47%27% lower than the US average
Fresno real estate or Fresno rentals
F Fresno Schools HS graduation rate is 10% lower than California
High school grad. rates
72%13% lower than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:127% higher than the US average
Fresno K-12 schools
F Fresno User Ratings There are a total of 38 ratings in Fresno
Overall user rating
49% 38 total ratings
User reviews rating
48% 11 total reviews
User surveys rating
50% 27 total surveys
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      Living in Fresno, CA

      Located in the state of California, Fresno is a large city with a population of 513,807 residents. Fresno has a population density of 4,524 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Fresno identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 29% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. The median age of all Fresno residents is 30, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles.

      Without the right tools, relocating to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Fresno, California could be a great experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. The best areas in Fresno and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, weather, education, employment, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

      The livability score in Fresno is 62 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 27th percentile of all cities across America. If we check out each of the categories individually, we see that Fresno ranks well for amenities (A+) and weather (B+). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Fresno. The following was graded with a disappointing score: crime (F), cost of living (D), education (F) and employment (F).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Fresno has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Forestiere Underground Gardens, and Woodward Regional Park.

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Fresno. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Fresno are affordable. Median real estate prices in Fresno come in at $187,500, which is 54.2% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Fresno, the home price to income ratio is 4.5, which is 29.7% lower than the California average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Fresno will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Fresno, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 5.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 9.3%.

      Fresno transportation information

      Average one way commute22min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work76.4%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool13.0%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit2.0%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.1%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.5%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home4.2%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Fresno, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).