THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Fresno, CA For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Fresno for 2020? 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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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Fresno

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

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

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8.5
/10

Population: 58,752
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $276,362 (Third best)
Median Income: $78,412 (Second 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 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $63,516 (Fifth 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: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $201,550 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $66,411 (Fourth 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 (Second best)
Median Income: $69,536 (Third best)
More on Southeast Growth Area: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 55,566
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $149,084 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $45,225 (Sixth best)
More on Hoover: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 53,891
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $135,725 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $42,317 (Seventh best)
More on West: Homes For Sale | Data

The "West Side" of Fresno, also often called "Southwest Fresno", is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. The neighborhood lies southwest of the 99 freeway, west of the 41 freeway and south of Nielsen Ave, and extends to the city limits to the west and south. The neighborhood is traditionally considered to be the center of Fresno's African-American community. It is culturally diverse and also includes significant Mexican-American and Asian-American populations.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 128,345
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $119,763 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $34,276 (Tenth best)
More on Roosevelt: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 56,716
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $125,893 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $37,406 (Eighth best)
More on Mclane: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 56,759
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $127,194 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $35,850 (Ninth best)
More on Fresno-High: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Fresno, CA Neighborhoods In 2020

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.

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 2020

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.