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Best Cities 2010: Fresno, CA

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Best Cities 2010: Fresno, CA

Fresno is known for its large agricultural production, and is home to some of the largest winereries and the largest dried fruit company in the world.

City: Fresno


State: California


Best Cities Overall Rank: 98


About Fresno: Fresno is known for its large agricultural production, and is home to some of the largest winereries and the largest dried fruit company in the world.


County: Fresno


Population: 476,050


Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitor’s bureau website


Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Fresno Bee


Fresno blogs:


FresnoMommies
Fresno Bee News Blog
Discover Fresno


Fresno‘s Facebook page: Follow Fresno on Facebook


Fresno‘s Twitter page: Follow Fresno on Twitter


 


Education rank: 97


High School graduation rate 2008: 69.09%


Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 5


Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 1.05


NEAYC-accredited preschools: 4


NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 0.84


NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 253


Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 19.5


Total Expenditures Per Student: $10,001


 


Health rank: 101


Quality children’s hospitals: 0


Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0


Quality Pediatricians: 0


Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0


Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 17.33


 


Safety rank: 56


Violent Crimes, 2008: 2,782


Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 584.39


Sex Offenders: 1,174


Sex Offenders per 100,000: 246.61


 


Economy rank: 84


Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 20.5


Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 18.19


Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1,053.40


Median Home Sale Price: $156,100


5-Year Home Value Index: -9.85%


Percent of homes sold for a loss: 31.10%


 


Recreation Rank: 93


Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 1,507


Parkland per 100,000: 316.56


 


Photo courtesy of Bobak Ha’Eri