The 10 Best Fresno, CA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Fresno are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Fresno.
Best Neighborhoods In Fresno

Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Fresno, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Fresno neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Fresno are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Fresno for 2019:

  1. North Growth Area (Homes)
  2. Woodward Park (Homes)
  3. Bullard (Homes)
  4. South Growth Area (Homes)
  5. Southeast Growth Area (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Fresno for 2019? According to the most recent census data, North Growth Area looks to be the best Fresno neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Fresno that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Fresno.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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How we determined the best Fresno hoods in 2019

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Fresno, we had to determine what criteria defines a “best”.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 12 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the “Best City Neighborhood In Fresno.” We’re lookin’ at you, North Growth Area.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Fresno, California has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,295
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $392,800 (1st best)
Median Income: $89,000 (1st best)
More on North Growth Area: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 58,752
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $276,362 (3rd best)
Median Income: $78,412 (2nd best)
More on Woodward Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Woodward Park is a public park located in Fresno, California, abutting the San Joaquin River. It is the largest of the three major public parks in the Fresno area. Ralph Woodward donated the majority of the land for the park in 1968. The CIF Cross Country State Championships are hosted here every November.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 100,730
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $243,068 (4th best)
Median Income: $63,516 (5th best)
More on Bullard: Homes For Sale | Data

Figarden is an unincorporated community in Fresno County, California. It is located 6 miles northwest of downtown Fresno, at an elevation of 315 feet.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,848
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $201,550 (5th best)
Median Income: $66,411 (4th best)
More on South Growth Area: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,677
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $292,050 (2nd best)
Median Income: $69,536 (3rd best)
More on Southeast Growth Area: Homes For Sale | Data

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Fresno

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Fresno where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Fresno aren’t all good. Edison takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Fresno.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Fresno For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 North Growth Area 2,295 $392,800 $89,000
2 Woodward Park 58,752 $276,362 $78,412
3 Bullard 100,730 $243,068 $63,516
4 South Growth Area 3,848 $201,550 $66,411
5 Southeast Growth Area 6,677 $292,050 $69,536
6 Hoover 55,566 $149,084 $45,225
7 West 53,891 $135,725 $42,317
8 Roosevelt 128,345 $119,763 $34,276
9 Mclane 56,716 $125,893 $37,406
10 Fresno-High 56,759 $127,194 $35,850
11 Central 14,052 $83,256 $22,711
12 Edison 25,638 $117,821 $29,118

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.