Expats living in Fresno may hear the city referred to as 'The Best Little City in the USA', but it may be starting to outgrow this nickname with a burgeoning population of around 560,000. 'The Raisin Capital' is another name the city is sometimes given, a claim that more than one Californian settlement makes for itself. The city is a vibrant one, with a booming cultural scene, various sports teams and a strong educational sector. Expatriates in Fresno have a large number of theaters, art galleries, museums and even several orchestras to enjoy, as well as the popular Fresno Chaffee Zoo for animal lovers and, for those who like to spend time outdoors, the Woodward Regional Park. The city has two local newspapers, a magazine and, together with the City of Clovis, a community access television network.
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The city is the largest in the US not to be directly linked to an Interstate highway. That being said, expatriates moving to Fresno need not worry about getting there. The Fresno Yosemite International Airport is well-served with flights to various American hub airports as well as – we did say 'international', after all – flights to the Mexican city of Guadalajara. The city is also served by the Amtrak San Joaquins railway line. Expats moving to Fresno can get general travel and expatriation advice and information on the InterNations website, with our Expat Magazine containing a collection of articles on topics ranging from expat finance and insurance to living and working abroad. As well as this, for a more personal perspective, we have a good amount of content written by InterNations members on their own experiences of life abroad. This content should help you to settle in as an expatriate in Fresno on the front foot.
The city is an economic hub for the Californian San Joaquin Valley. Its diverse economy has a large health sector, with by far the city's biggest employer being the Community Medical Center, as well as a strong regional agricultural economy and a busy tourism and recreation sector. Expats working in Fresno will also be able to enjoy the city's semi-arid climate, which with mild winters and hot, dry summers feels quite Mediterranean. Expatriates in Fresno may of course want to get in touch with the city's international community. The private communications , forums and discussion groups on our website are by far the easiest way to do this, with many InterNations members finding this a convenient way to organize meet-ups, contact other global minds and get extra information and tips on their local cities. With a population of over half a million, you can be sure that there are plenty of other expats working in Fresno, and with InterNations' help you should have no difficulty finding the international community near you.