About Fresno County

California's massive central valley gives visitors lots to explore.

Mountains, valleys, parks, trails, sporting events, shopping, eateries, coffeehouses, wineries, craft breweries and more. With some of the friendliest small town people you will find in a big city like Fresno, visitors could easily ask a local what the latest and greatest is. Let us take you one step further, to uncover every nook as you travel through Fresno County. 


Facts About the Fresno Region

  • California's Central Valley is a large flat valley that dominates the central portion of the state
  • The Central Valley stretches approximately 450 miles from northwest to southeast inland and parallel to the Pacific Ocean, covering approximately 22,500 square miles making it slightly smaller than the state of West Virginia
  • The San Joaquin Valley is the southern half of California’s Central Valley and is bordered by the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range to the east and Coast Range to the west
  • The San Joaquin Valley’s geological age is approximately 2-3 million years old making it rich in fossils and petroleum
  • Kings Canyon National Park at 8,200 feet deep is 2,200 feet deeper than the Grand Canyon
  • Hume Lake Dam, built in 1908, was the world’s first reinforced concrete, multiple arch dam
  • Fresno County, which includes the exact center of the State of California, is comprised of 15 cities
  • Fresno County is known as the Agricultural Capital of the World producing 350 crops worth approximately $6.8 billion
  • Fresno County’s largest crop is grapes, with award winning wines now competing with the best in the world
  • Known as California’s Year-round playground
  • Fresno, a major city in the San Joaquin Valley was founded in 1805 by Gabriel Moraga who named Fresno after the ash trees
  • Fresno is the fifth largest city in California with a population over one half million
  • One of the only places in America with such close proximity to three national parks within a 90 minute drive making it the perfect hub city for National Park Visitors
  • Visitors can see, taste and experience firsthand fruits, vegetables, nuts, dairy, and meat that feeds the world
  • Stress Free travel: average traffic wait 3 minutes
  • 120 distinct cultures
  • 300 days of sunshine
  • Rich in education and innovation and home to California State University Fresno
  • Fresno State Bulldogs are part of the Mountain West Conference
  • Award Winner: Community Medical Center (CMC) is the San Joaquin Valley’s largest hospital system and home of the world’s first Generation 4 Cyberknife
  • Sierra Sky Park opened in 1947 as the world’s first fly-in community
  • Home of William Saroyan, Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright

Come out and play in Fresno County, California’s year-round playground!

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