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The Central Valley

Located in the San Joaquin Valley, Fresno is one of the fastest growing communities in the nation. Despite this rapid growth and booming business Fresno has managed to maintain the character of a smaller community. With multiple smaller suburbs and communities in the surrounding area you have the option of selecting an urban or rural setting for your home, while having convenient access to shopping, entertainment and outdoor recreation.

An added benefit to living in Fresno is its centralized location. Within a few short hours you can find yourself in beautiful Yosemite National Park, in the wine country of Napa Valley, on the coast in Monterey or San Luis Obispo, or in Los Angeles or San Francisco.

There are seven easily accessible lakes, two major rivers and several reservoirs for outstanding fishing and boating. Three major ski resorts are also nearby, offering some of the state’s best downhill and cross-country skiing.

Other benefits of life in the Central Valley and Fresno:

  • Mild winters and moderate summers.
  • High performing primary schools.
  • Sporting events (Triple-A baseball—Fresno Grizzlies and college sports—Fresno State athletics).
  • Arts and culture (Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, historic Tower District, Downtown Fresno artist galleries).
  • Year-round farmers markets offering fresh, locally grown produce from the nation’s richest source of agricultural products.


City Government & Chamber of Commerce

City of Fresno

Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce

Fresno Convention and Visitors Bureau

Schooling — Primary and Secondary


Clovis Unified School District ("Blue Ribbon")

Fresno Unified School District

Central Unified School District

University High School (accelerated college prep)


Carden School of Fresno

Fresno Christian Schools

San Joaquin Memorial High School

Saint Anthony's


California State University, Fresno

Fresno Pacific University

Fresno City College

Arts & Culture

Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra

Old Town Clovis

Entertainment, Shopping, & Sports

Fashion Fair—shopping mall & restaurants

Fig Garden Village—restaurants & boutiques

Fresno Grizzlies Baseball

Fresno State Athletics

Savemart Center—concerts & sporting events

The Big Fresno Fair

Parks & Recreation

Yosemite National Park

Last Updated Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 04:16 PM.