As California's fifth largest city and the largest city in California's Central Valley, Fresno is home to 509,000 residents. The surrounding metropolitan area has a population of 1,081,315 people. Fresno is home to Fresno Yosemite International Airport and a considerable number of military bases and training facilities. Fresno county formed after the Gold Rush in 1856; the city itself was founded in 1872 and incorporated in 1885. Fresno is one of California's major cities closest to Yosemite National Park.
The cost of living in Fresno is 3.4 percent below the national average, and 23.3 percent below the California average. The Fresno utilities index is the only one significantly above the national rate of 100, with a score of 134. The median home price is $175,500 and saw a 20.4 percent increase in 2013. Fresno's median home price is much lower than California's median, which the LA Times reports is over $400,000 in 2014. The median household income is $43,432, with a per capita income of $18,360.
Fresno Job Opportunities
The Fresno county area depends on agriculture for 25 percent of its jobs, for crops like cotton, grapes, tomatoes and peaches. Over 20,000 people work Fresno, CA jobs in the agriculture industry as farmers, laborers, inspectors and operators of equipment. The large agricultural industry also brings with it business, marketing and sales opportunities. If your expertise is in management or administration, look for agricultural business jobs to put your skill set to work in this large Fresno industry.
Four of the top five employers for Fresno jobs in the private sector are healthcare employers: Community Medical Center, St. Agnes Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente and the Children's Hospital Central California. Over 58,000 people are employed in the healthcare and education sector as of August 2014, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you're a healthcare worker and don't find jobs in Fresno, look at healthcare jobs in Clovis, California, as well.
Fresno County and the Fresno County Unified School District are also large employers for Fresno jobs. In addition, California State University's Fresno branch employs 4,851 people.
Fresno Employment Trends
Forbes reports that as of July 2014, the unemployment rate for jobs in Fresno, CA was 11.9 percent, above both the California unemployment rate of 7.4 percent, and the national unemployment rate of 5.9 percent, which the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics reported in September. However, Fresno saw 4.4 percent job growth in 2013, and has a projected annual growth of 3.1 percent.