Fresno is the largest city in the San Joaquin Valley, and is a very culturally diverse city. Its Mexican, Basque and Chinese communities have been here for decades, and, more recently, thousands of Hmong have put down roots in the area. The Armenian community is represented by author/ playwright William Saroyan, who was born, lived and died in this city he loved. Population: 510,365 as of the 2010 census.
Climate: Fresno has mild, moderately wet winters and hot, dry summers. Lots of golfing weather where the average annual rainfall is only 11 inches, and there is no snow.
Cost of living: The cost of living in Fresno is 11% greater than the national average.
Housing costs: Significantly less (58%) than the rest of California, the average price of a home is about 10% greater than the U.S. average. The median retirement home cost in Fresno is $203,800.
Colleges and Universities: There is an OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at California State University Fresno, which is a program created for retirees age 50+ who wish to continue learning and exploring for the sheer joy of it.
Transportation:Fresno has two airports, Fresno Yosemite International, and Chandler Executive. FAX (Fresno Area Express) helps with around-town transportation. Both Amtrak and Greyhound also serve the area.
Travel and tourism: Residents and visitors alike will enjoy exploring the Tower District which has book and record stores, music clubs, and a handful of stylish, highly regarded restaurants. Fresnos old brick warehouses lining the Santa Fe railroad tracks are an impressive sight, as are the many historic downtown buildings such as the 1894 Fresno Water Tower and the 1928 Pantages (Warnors) Theatre.
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