Here is a breakdown of cost of living between the 5 largest cities in California. This is from an independent 3rd party website, Sperlings Best Places to Live ( and really shows how much far your dollar goes in Fresno as compared to other cities. I have also included some additional information on Fresno for you to review.

A salary of $450,000 in San Francisco, California could decrease to $159,206 in Fresno, California. Overall Fresno is 61.9% Cheaper than San Francisco, with housing being 82% cheaper and taxes being 51.5% less.

A salary of $450,000 in Los Angeles, California could decrease to $248,642 in Fresno, California. Overall Fresno is 40.8% Cheaper than Los Angeles, with housing being 64% cheaper and taxes being 29.9% less.


A salary of $450,000 in San Diego, California could decrease to $273,296 in Fresno, California. Overall Fresno is 35.9% Cheaper than San Diego, with housing being 61.6% cheaper and taxes being 27% less.

A salary of $450,000 in Sacramento, California could decrease to $380,471 in Fresno, California. Overall Fresno is 13.2% Cheaper than Sacramento, with housing being 24.4% cheaper and taxes being 7% less.


Fresno is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Fresno. This makes Fresno a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Fresno presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.,-Ca_rb/

Of the large cities in America, Fresno is one of the most car-oriented. This is reflected in the urban landscape, which features highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers of all sizes. It is also reflected in the statistics: 81.85% of people in Fresno drive to work in their own car everyday, most often alone. So, if you’re going to live in Fresno, you’ll need to learn to love driving. Alternative forms of transportation aren’t very widely used or supported.

The citizens of Fresno are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.93% of adults in Fresno having a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Fresno in 2018 was $23,564, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $94,256 for a family of four. However, Fresno contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Fresno is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Fresno home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Fresno, accounting for 49.61% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Fresno residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Fresno include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Armenian.

In addition, Fresno has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (20.37%).

The most common language spoken in Fresno is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Miao/Hmong.