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


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

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Fresno.
Cheapest Neighborhoods In Fresno

Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Fresno might be more expensive than living in rural California, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

So what exactly are those Fresno neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Fresno are the cheapest.

Here are the cheapest neighborhoods in Fresno for 2020:

  1. South Growth Area (Homes)
  2. Mclane (Homes)
  3. West (Homes)
  4. Hoover (Homes)
  5. Woodward Park (Homes)

What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Fresno for 2020? According to the most recent census data, South Growth Area looks to be the cheaptest Fresno neighborhood to live in.

At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Fresno. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.

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 cheapest to most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Fresno Hoods In 2020

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Fresno, we had to determine what criteria defines “cheap”.

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

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

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

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

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

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the cheapest places Fresno. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.

The 5 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Fresno For 2020

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Population: 3,848
Cost Of Living Index: 110 (8th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.0 (1st cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (5th cheapest)
More on South Growth Area: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in South Growth Area comes in at $66,411 and the median home value is $201,550 for 2020.

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5
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Population: 56,716
Cost Of Living Index: 98 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.4 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.023 (6th cheapest)
More on Mclane: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Mclane comes in at $37,406 and the median home value is $125,893 for 2020.

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6
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Population: 53,891
Cost Of Living Index: 101 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.2 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.024 (7th cheapest)
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.

The median income in West comes in at $42,317 and the median home value is $135,725 for 2020.

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6
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Population: 55,566
Cost Of Living Index: 103 (7th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.3 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.024 (8th cheapest)
More on Hoover: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Hoover comes in at $45,225 and the median home value is $149,084 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
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Population: 58,752
Cost Of Living Index: 119 (10th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.5 (6th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.016 (2nd cheapest)
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.

The median income in Woodward Park comes in at $78,412 and the median home value is $276,362 for 2020.

Summing Up The Cheapest Places In Fresno

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Fresno where prices are low and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Fresno aren’t all cheap. North Growth Area takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Fresno.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Fresno For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 South Growth Area 110
2 Mclane 98
3 West 101
4 Hoover 103
5 Woodward Park 119
6 Roosevelt 97
7 Bullard 113
8 Fresno-High 98
9 Central 91
10 Edison 96
11 Southeast Growth Area 121
12 North Growth Area 135

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.

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