These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Fresno, CA For 2018

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

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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 2018:

  1. North Growth Area (Homes)
  2. Woodward Park (Homes)
  3. Bullard (Homes)
  4. Southeast Growth Area (Homes)
  5. Hoover (Homes)
  6. Fresno-High (Homes)
  7. Edison (Homes)
  8. South Growth Area (Homes)
  9. Roosevelt (Homes)
  10. West (Homes)

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.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Fresno for 2018?

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 limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

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 has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

1. North Growth Area

Population: 2,108
Median Income: $88,409
Median Home Value: $291,700

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2. Woodward Park

Population: 57,689
Median Income: $75,519
Median Home Value: $270,079

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.
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3. Bullard

Population: 98,624
Median Income: $64,942
Median Home Value: $237,923

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

Population: 5,963
Median Income: $74,450
Median Home Value: $275,525

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5. Hoover

Population: 56,131
Median Income: $43,858
Median Home Value: $142,412

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6. Fresno-High

Population: 56,381
Median Income: $35,191
Median Home Value: $132,388

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7. Edison

Population: 25,251
Median Income: $29,685
Median Home Value: $117,129

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8. South Growth Area

Population: 3,398
Median Income: $55,925
Median Home Value: $190,550

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9. Roosevelt

Population: 127,656
Median Income: $34,160
Median Home Value: $112,936

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10. West

Population: 52,045
Median Income: $43,943
Median Home Value: $143,243

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.
More on West: Real Estate | Data

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Fresno

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

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Fresno:

  1. Central
  2. Mclane
  3. West

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Fresno

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 North Growth Area 2,108 $291,700 1,809 6.1%
2 Woodward Park 57,689 $270,079 3,240 6.8%
3 Bullard 98,624 $237,923 3,742 7.4%
4 Southeast Growth Area 5,963 $275,525 4,568 8.2%
5 Hoover 56,131 $142,412 5,745 11.2%
6 Fresno-High 56,381 $132,388 6,170 10.1%
7 Edison 25,251 $117,129 7,011 10.0%
8 South Growth Area 3,398 $190,550 5,662 8.3%
9 Roosevelt 127,656 $112,936 6,908 10.2%
10 West 52,045 $143,243 6,302 9.4%
11 Mclane 54,789 $119,056 6,587 9.6%
12 Central 13,934 $86,211 7,235 8.8%

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