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Best Cities 2010: Fresno, CA

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:

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