"Escape plan number seventeen," I told her. "Run away and open a juice stand in Fresno."
"Sounds like the kind of place people drink a lot of juice." - Author: Richelle Mead
The Best Thing About Fresno?
We Ain’t San Francisco Or LA (or god forbid Berkeley)
Most people think of California as a monolith of Bernie Bros west. While the state votes Democrat the city of Fresno, like a number of cities east of the coastline, skews more centrist. It has things like an LGBT film festival, and a few thousand more democratic voters than republican, but it’s the second most conservative city in the state and votes more conservative than Houston or Dallas. We aren’t saying a conservative city is better or worse than a liberal one. Only if you think living in a centrist city overall and conservative one for a big city is a good thing you’ll like it here.
A short note from a local about benefit of Fremont:
The best part about Fresno is the proximity to other stuff, mountains, parks, beach, etc. Having been born and raised here that's what is the benefit.
The Worst Thing About Fresno?
Fresno has a relatively toxic mix of soot and pollutants that in combination make this a city with among the worst for air quality in the country. While Fresno produces plenty of this on its own it also is unfortunately in a region surrounded by mountain ranges which means the unhealthy air from around the Central Valley and the Bay Area and LA pools atop the city.
Note from a native about the air:
I've haven't been back to Fresno for years. But I grew up there and lemme tell ya, people's jaws never fail to hit the floor when I tell them about "spare the air" days. Lotta folks across the country just have no concept of that. Shit is fuckin' nasty. Truly hope it gets better.
Lifestyle Of Fresno
What locals will tell you about a Fresno Lifestyle is that you live here because of what is nearby rather than what is within the city limits. Fresno is smack dab in the middle of an amazing state. You are in close proximity to the most magnificent national parks: Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon. You’re an hour or two from skiing, and two hours from coastal beaches. Finally, you’re a three hours drive to San Francisco or Los Angeles. Fresno the city may be quiet but if you want a reasonable drive to virtually anything you could want it works.
If you're interested in checking out what people get up to in Fresno here's the calendar of events: https://www.visitfresnocounty.org/blog/post/january-events-in-fresno-county/
Workstyle Of Fresno
The job market in Fresno is not considered exceptional. Generally people move here to work in Education: Fresno State, or the elementary/secondary school system. There is also a large health sector employer base with a large UCSF medical and research facility, a stellar VA hospital, and a large Community Regional Medical Center with the only Level 1 trauma center between LA and Sacramento. A big change coming to cities like Fresno however is the rise of Work-From-Homer’s who may want to be in California, be central to everything the state has to offer but also be able to rent cheaply or actually buy a home.
Why You Should Move Here Now?
The cost of living in Fresno is comparable to Detroit and Albuquerque. That means for ~45,000 a year you can live comfortably here. The median price of a home in San Francisco is 5x that of Fresno so needless to say it is possible to spend a lot less and stay in the sun of California.