As is to be expected in large cities, most locals are employed in the sales, finance and production industries. The largest single employers include Community Medical Centers, Foster Farms and two hotels and casinos. The current income per capita sits at around $20,000 per year while job growth over the next few years is expected to be in the 30% range. If you are bringing a family or are thinking of starting one when you arrive, know that their educational prospects will be quite strong. Aside from the vast number of public grade schools, there are many options for higher education as well, including Fresno City College, CSU Fresno and Fresno Pacific University.

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Located just over 100 miles NNE of Bakersfield, CA, if you want to one of the sprawling metropolises of the United States' west coast, the city of Fresno, California should be on your short list. With an area of 112 square miles and an equally large and growing population of over 520,000, there is no shortage of people to meet or opportunities to create a life for yourself. The current real estate market here consists mostly of multiple bedroom homes built in the last 20 years ranging from the low $100,000s to the high $300,000s.

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