Fresno is named for the Spanish word for “ash trees” which once flourished along the area’s riverbanks. Located in the heart of California, this city blends the urban influences of nearby San Francisco and Los Angeles (Fresno is conveniently located between the two) with the rural influences of nearby Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Actually, the city and country influences are also homegrown: Fresno’s metropolitan area is culturally diverse and includes a wide variety of neighborhoods, museums, restaurants and festivals; and this city is the top agricultural county in the nation with its fertile land, lakes, rivers and mountain ranges.

In this city, you can get your fix of both high-rises, designer duds, hiking trails and parks. And the harmonious diversity doesn’t end there: Fresno County is a melting pot of ethnic heritages; its population is near 800,000 and includes Basque, Asian, Indian, Armenian, Hispanic, Hmong, Chinese, Portuguese, and Japanese.

In 2000, the city was one of 10 in the United States designated an All-America City by the National Civic League. The city says the award is “a testament to Fresno’s citizens, quality of life and community programs. The city’s excellent schools, comfortable climate, moderate cost of living and strong economy are assets that make Fresno a fine place in which to live."