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Moving to Fresno? 

15 Reasons Why You Should


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Moving to Fresno? 15 Reasons Why You Should

Caitlyn Peck

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Nov 7 18 minutes read

Fresno is booming! We’ve been on the map forever, but typically as a punchline. Things are changing and have been for a long time now, though. Whether you’re considering moving to our gorgeous area, or you’re here to stay, here are 15 reasons to love and live in Fresno, California.

1.Big City living and Small Town Charm

We have the best of both Worlds.

Fresno holds all of the amenities of a big city but enjoyed small-town ease. Lots of shopping, impressive restaurants, and big business attracting city-lovers. While, farmer's markets, annual community events, and friendly locals satisfy the small-town hearts. If you're like me, you enjoy the best of both worlds, and Fresno is the place to be!                         

There’s nothing like visiting Southern or Northern California and then getting back to appreciate the accessibility and low traffic of the Fresno Metro area. We are fortunate enough to live in a family-oriented, metro city that still has a small-town feel. It’s not a city of strangers, but it’s not a blip on the map either. Fresno is the 5th largest city in the 5th largest economy in the WORLD. You read that right. California itself outpaces most other countries, and Fresno is ranked higher than most other cities in the state. Businesses thrive here, bringing the amenities of the big city...without waiting in traffic for an hour. 

Industries are expanding parallel to Fresno's increased popularity. Downtown Fresno's experiencing a tech-boom and local wineries keep popping up along the outskirts of town. Yet, people move here to slow down and enjoy life. Escaping cities like San Jose and Los Angeles for an easier, more affordable and comfortable lifestyle. Ready and willing to settle into #Fresnolife.

2. Affordable housing.

Fresno's  Affordable Housing and healthy Real Estate Market keep Homeownership a reality for many residents.

Homeownership is possible for many it may not otherwise be. When asked, one local homeowner said, "I was born and raised in Los Angeles and the house that I own and the lifestyle that I have. I could never have had in Los Angeles." 

According to Fox 26, "Compared to the steep cost of living in California, Fresno is now leading the pack when it comes to the cheapest places to live in the United States."

Currently, the average price to buy a home in Fresno is $248,000 And Move report says the average rate for a one-bedroom apartment in Fresno is $856. 

3. We are the Agriculture capital of the World!

Locals enjoy an abundance of fresh, local produce year-round.

 Locals enjoy access to year-round fresh, local produce unlike anywhere else in the World. Our residential communities are surrounded by orchards, vineyards, and fields of America’s - and the world’s best produce. 

You’ll frequently see “My Job Depends on Ag” stickers in the Valley...but even if *your* job doesn’t, you get the benefit of living in the world’s food basket. You can use the same natural growing climate in your own backyard. 

Visitfresnocounty.org describes it beautifully, " Fresno County embodies the meaning of farm-to-fork cuisine and the area's plethora of farmers' markets allows for the opportunity to purchase the freshest produce directly from growers, all at one location. With 1.88 million acres of the world's most productive farmland, farmers' markets are a celebration of the area's proud agricultural roots. Many of the events include food trucks, music, a diverse selection of artists and vendors, as well as special produce-themed events." 

4. A Foodies Dream

The best Mexican food in America and impressively diverse options make Fresno's foodie scene top notch.

Known for the best Mexican food in America, delicious farm to table cuisine, and continuously budding, hip, and impressively diverse restaurant scene- your taste buds will never be happier. 

Farm-to-table is a running theme at unique restaurants all around our city. You can travel the world in a week and experience authentic cuisine without having to search too hard. You can also dine at everything from elegant, five-star dining experiences to food trucks in front of your workplace. 

And speaking of food trucks...our food truck festivals and food-themed events are legendary in Fresno. The annual Taco Truck Throwdown brings the best in the Valley together to compete for the best taco. Tacos, Brews, and Jams happens weekly in the Downtown Brewery district, and a Taste of Riverpark brings together unique options once a year. There are local favorites and major chains to select from. Any true Fresno resident will be happy to tell you about their favorite restaurant.

5. Fresno is a great place to raise a family.

Award-winning schools and one of the best Children's Hospital in Nation.

As Sparefoot.com states "Fresno and Clovis are like one giant city. The separation between the bordering communities of Fresno and Clovis is essentially marked by the change of green to brown street signs. And that’s about it." When you move to Fresno or Clovis you benefit from the best of both cities. Northeast Fresno and Clovis share the award-winning Clovis Unified school district. Families flock to these neighborhoods to raise their children with a top-notch education. 

The Fresno Metro Area is home to growing families. Over 30% of the population is under the age of 18, and our community puts time, energy and money into resources to support that younger generation. There’s a 24-to-1 student ratio throughout Fresno County districts, which means more attention and support for students. As recently as this year, our schools were recognized by the California Department of Education, with special awards for Baird Middle School, Design Science High, and Granite Ridge Intermediate as distinguished schools for 2019.

Valley Children's Hospital Valley Children’s was recognized four years in a row by U.S. News and World Report as one of the “Best Children’s Hospitals” in the nation for various specialties. We are the first children’s hospital west of the Rockies to receive Magnet Nursing designation, the highest nursing benchmark in the world. These awards demonstrate our commitment to excellence in quality patient care and innovation.

6. There's a Fresno neighborhood for everyone.

Fresno and the surrounding areas are full of a variety of unique, distinctive neighborhoods to choose from.

Fresno and the surrounding areas are full of a variety of unique, distinctive neighborhoods to choose from. No matter what your taste is, you can find and purchase your dream abode in our communities.

You can rent from one of the multiple apartment communities that combine art, community and a big city feel for an affordable low price in the heart of the newly renovated Downtown area. The Tower District contains bungalows and unique homes from the 1930s through the 1960s. You’ll find luxury Fig Garden, Woodward Park and Van Ness extension communities with custom-built older homes and larger lots.

Throughout the valley, you can find modern master-planned communities boasting open floor plans, accessibility to new commercial districts and top-quality schools. If none of the existing options works for you, Fresno still has something to offer! It’s one of the only places in California where you can purchase land and build your dream home on a few acres -- the options are endless.

If none of the existing options works for you, Fresno still has something to offer! It’s one of the only places in California where you can purchase land and build your dream home on a few acres -- the options are endless.

7. Great Schools

Our commitment to learning doesn’t stop after high school, and California State University, Fresno is the centerpiece. Nationally recognized poets, future business leaders, agricultural innovations and award-winning wine come from Fresno State. Similarly, Fresno City College offers time tested options and a pathway to an A.A. degree, or a foundation for a strong transfer into a university. 

There are also a number of post-secondary and trade schools for higher education, tech training and more. Geekwise Academy, part of the Bitwise Industries complex, has taught over 4,000 diverse students coding, web design and other 21st century skills to feed the growing hunger for more talent. In Clovis, California Health Sciences University offers a Doctor of Pharmacy program, which is the first of its kind in the valley and represents our area’s growing dedication to health care and innovation.


8. Fresno is BOOMING 

New businesses bring new opportunities - and there’s more to come. Big businesses and big industries call Fresno home.

New businesses bring new opportunities - and there’s more to come.

Recently, Fresno was selected from cities from all over the country to secure an 800,000+ square foot Amazon distribution center which brought an investment of about $200 million to our area and approximately 2,500 jobs. It’s close on the heels of a similar ULTA distribution center that brought jobs just a year before and continues to hire local residents as demand grows. Businesses come to Fresno County for the lower land costs, access to major markets and ready job force. Whether you’re looking for a job or just want to take advantage of the amenities that come with new business growth, this is great news for our area.

Every year a large number of people relocate to Fresno, California from all over and every year this number increases. Many big corporations are moving to town at the same time. Other reasons for the boom include: Fresno maintains our throne as the #1 Agriculture region in the World, startups, and tech companies are revitalizing Downtown, our hospitals rank amongst the top in the Country, attracting talented  health professionals to town and ground broke recently for a new doctor college the only one in the region, and Fresno State attracts young people to town, many who never leave every year.

Our area is served by sixteen top class hospitals with over 3,900 beds. Community Regional Medical Center is the 11th largest GAC hospital in California, and has nearly 800 beds. Saint Agnes Medical Center was voted the Consumer Choice Award winner for 19 consecutive years, and Valley Children’s Hospital treats more inpatient cases in California each year than any pediatric center north of San Diego. Health care projects like the Clovis Cancer Center, Community Regional Medical Center in Downtown Fresno and the California Health Sciences University are all set to open within the next few years.

9. We are a unique salad bowl of diversity.

We have the best of both Worlds.

Fresno is Bigger, Better, and More Diverse than people realize. Our population in the Central Valley has long been a mixture of people from different places, backgrounds, and walks of life. Together, we celebrate Mexican Independence Day, Martin Luther King celebration, the Hmong New Year, Grape Blessings with the Armenian community, Greek Fest, traditional ceremonies at the Shin Zen Japanese gardens, Cesar Chavez celebration, and more. 

The uniqueness of the heritage and backgrounds of our population even garnered some attention -- ranking our metropolitan area among the most diverse cities in the United States.

10. Arts and culture are at our core.

We have the best of both Worlds.

With all this cultural diversity, it’s easy to understand why we value the arts so deeply. Our local Fresno Arts Council promises to “enrich people’s lives” through the arts and sponsors ArtHop - a signature once-a-month event where the Downtown and Tower District galleries and shops come alive. Featured artist displays, special performances, and streetside art vendors are all part of the unique event that brings people together. 

Painters, muralists, sculptors, designers and photographers and more have all launched from the Fresno, California area, and we appreciate them all Saroyan Theater is located on Audra McDonald Lane in Downtown Fresno, bringing Broadway and more to local residents. Sculptures by Clement Renzi, Margaret Hudson and even Renoir dot the landscape throughout Downtown Fresno and Old Town Clovis. 

11. There is so much to do in Fresno.

Fresno is seriously fun.

For decades, the refrain has been “there’s nothing to do here!” But times are quickly changing, bringing us more options than ever before for concerts, festivals and unique shows. The Save Mart Center at Fresno State has brought hundreds of shows and events since its opening in 2003 and has been ranked among the world’s best arenas. The Fresno Convention Center, aforementioned Saroyan Theater, Valdez Hall, and Woodward Rotary Amphitheater have all played host to acts from around the country and the world. 

The Fresno metro region has three rivers running through it - the San Joaquin, Fresno, and Kings, and nearby national parks like Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon. The Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Fresno Art Museum, Arte Americas, African-American Cultural Museum, Kearney Mansion, Meux Home and Fresno County’s Historical Museum are also here to explore. The Fresno Philharmonic, Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, Tower Theater, and Good Company Players all keep us entertained. 

Yearly events like the Big Fresno Fair, Clovis Rodeo, Vintage Days, Woodward Shakespeare Festival, Big Hat Days and the ClovisFest & Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly and multiple parades fill our weekends and give us all another opportunity to come together as a community. 

The Bulldogs will always have a piece of Fresno’s heart and our Fresno State teams give us reasons to get together and cheer. From football to basketball to softball, Fresno State has won awards, beat top teams and secured their place in sports history in several different divisions. However, college sports are just the tip of the iceberg in Fresno. We are home to the Fresno State Grizzlies, the AAA team of the championship Washington Nationals, and the soccer club the Fresno Zorros. Both teams bring our city to the Chukchansi Stadium in the heart of downtown. High school sports, intramural leagues, community teams and kids sports give everyone a chance to participate; and with 300 days of sunshine annually, we have plenty of time to get out and play. 

Fresno County is the perfect spot for outdoor enthusiasts.

Fresno County is an outdoor enthusiast dream. With a bounty of beautiful trails, parks, rivers, lakes an active lifestyle easily enjoyed.  VisitFresnoCounty.Org has a great list of outdoor hiking, cycling and walking trails plus lakes, rivers, parks, and more here

In short, you will have to try very, very hard to complain about the lack of activity.  

12. Our nightlife is lit.

We have the best of both Worlds.

Not only is there plenty to do on a day to day basis, but the nightlife options are also multiplying in Fresno to meet the growing demand. Local wineries offer tastings, and brand new cocktail bars are bringing new opportunities to get out and about any night of the week. Nearby casinos both in town and a short drive away bring both entertainment and a chance to try your luck. The Downtown Brewery District, Old Town Clovis, and Maya Cinema Complex - not to mention The Save Mart Center - near the Fresno State campus are all centerpieces of nightlife.

Not only is there plenty to do on a day to day basis, the nightlife options are multiplying in Fresno to meet the growing demand. Local wineries offer tastings, and brand new cocktail bars are bringing new opportunities to get out and about any night of the week. Nearby casinos both in town and a short drive away bring both entertainment and a chance to try your luck. The Downtown Brewery District, Old Town Clovis, and Maya Cinema Complex - not to mention The Save Mart Center - near the Fresno State campus are all centerpieces of nightlife.

13. A sense of Community

Fresno State Athletics and the Fresno Grizzlies offer plenty of sports watching.

Root, root, root for the home team.

Fresno State Athletics and the Fresno Grizzlies offer plenty of sports watching.


14. Downtown revitalization has preserved our past and expanded our future.

Fresno’s Downtown district hasn’t had the easiest time. Due to some decisions in past decades, it’s taken time and effort to inject new life into this area, but the results have been well worth it. Opening the Fulton Mall to traffic, establishing both the Grizzlies and the Zorros in Chukchansi and creating new opportunities for retailers have all been part of the revitalization efforts. As a result, there are more residents, shops and employers in downtown than there have been in years - and more exciting developments are coming.


15. Conveniently Located in the Center of California.

We are just a stone’s throw from anywhere you’d like to go.

Fresno is California's 5th largest City and geographically located in the center of the Golden state.

There’s plenty to do in the Fresno/Clovis area, but one of the best parts about living here is the accessibility to everywhere you’d like to go. Whether you dream of exploring art galleries in San Francisco, want to walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame or need an escape to the beach, it’s all within a few hours driving distances from the Fresno area. Day trips to the central coast, mountains and everywhere in between are within your reach.

Set in the hub of California, Fresno County abounds with one-of-a-kind experiences and adventure. Three national parks—Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia—stand within a 90-minute drive from Fresno or Clovis (visitfresnocounty.org).

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