Welcome to Fresno, CA! Fresno was founded in 1872 by the Central Pacific Railroad Company and is now the 5th largest city in California. Centrally located, Fresno is the financial, industrial, trade, and commercial capital of the Central San Joaquin Valley. With a population of over 480,000, 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.
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Fresno has an impressive arsenal of education centers available to its residents. In fact, Fresno Unified School District has a total of 93 kindergarten through twelfth grade schools in its district, including 63 elementary schools, 17 middle schools, and 13 high schools. Fresno also has an adult school available and the Lori Ann Infant Program for younger children.
For young adults looking to continue their education, or older adults looking to complete it, Fresno is home to California’s Fresno State University and Fresno City College. There are other private colleges located within Fresno as well!
Dining and Shopping
With three impressive shopping malls, including the Fashion Fair Mall; Fresno is a great destination location for marathon shoppers. With unique local dining to be found at the Pismo Grill and Nordstrom Rack just across the mall, there’s enough food and shopping to last you a very happy lifetime!
There’s no shortage of entertainment to be found here! Enjoy a thriving downtown night-life or head out for a concert at Fresno’s Savemart Center. If it’s a night meant for the whole family, you may find yourself at one of Fresno’s kid-friendly attractions, including: John’s Incredible Pizza, SkyWalk Trampoline Park, Wild Water Adventure Park, and others! Or simply head out for a nice movie! Your options are not limited here!
Parks and Recreation
Fresno is flooded with outdoor options! Just a short drive from Yosemite National Park, residents can explore nature and camping, or enjoy exotic wildlife at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo! In nearby Lakeshore, you can experience China Peak Mountain and the sky area. You may even find yourself at the annual Big Fresno Fair or playing a few rounds at the Riverside Golf Club. If adventure is what you seek, head out to the Badger Pass Ski Area and spend the next day relaxing at the quaint Rotary Storyland Family Amusement Park.
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