The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Fresno For 2021


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Fresno are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Fresno.
Best Neighborhoods In Fresno

If you're looking to transplant to California without breaking the bank, say hello to Fresno. Located in central California, Fresno offers easy access to big cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, but Fresno has plenty going for it in its own right. For starters, life in Fresno is much, much cheaper than California writ large.

Affordability is great and all, but you don't want to trade away your happiness and security just to save a few bucks. Fear not -- Homesnacks has looked at recent census data to determine which Fresno neighborhoods are the best of the best. These are places where home values are high and getting higher, good-paying jobs are plentiful, crime is low, and there's plenty of stuff to do. Like catching a famous act at the Save Mart Center, checking out the eerie yet stunning Forestiere Underground Gardens, or snapping photos of all the gorgeous trees blooming along the Blossom Trail. And if you're a raisin guy, be advidsed that 100% of U.S. raisins are produced within a 60-mile radius of Fresno.

So just where are these hubs of entertainment, beauty, and quality? It seems that Fresno's north side has a statistical edge over the rest of the city, so it's a smart bet to start your search in neighborhoods north of Shaw, like Woodwar Park and Bullard. That doesn't mean you should sleep on neighborhoods in Fresno's southeast, like South Growth Area, where the home price to income ratio is crazy low.

Wherever you end up in Fresno, you'll be served some of the best tacos in the country, so we hope you like Tex-Mex. But what is Fresno's best neighborhood to live in for 2021? Keep reading to find out.

Of Fresno's 12 neighborhoods, the ones listed above stand out as the best of the best. They're safer, more affordable, and generally higher quality than Fresno's worst neighborhoods. They're also the places that have high population densities, which translates into more fun things to do. None of these neighborhoods are super pricey, making Fresno a place where a person of any economic background can fit in comfortably.

However, there can only be one best neighborhood that represents the finest Fresno has to offer. So what is the best neighborhood in Fresno for 2021? According to the data, North Growth Area is the best neighborhood you can live in Fresno.

Curious to see how all of Fresno's neighborhoods stacked up statistically? There's a full list of Fresno's 12 neighborhoods down below.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Fresno

Population: 2,295
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $392,800 (best)
Median Income: $89,000 (best)
More on North Growth Area: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 58,752
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $276,362 (Third best)
Median Income: $78,412 (Second best)
More on Woodward Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 100,730
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $243,068 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $63,516 (Fifth best)
More on Bullard: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 6,677
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $292,050 (Second best)
Median Income: $69,536 (Third best)
More on Southeast Growth Area: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 3,848
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $201,550 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $66,411 (Fourth best)
More on South Growth Area: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 55,566
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $149,084 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $45,225 (Sixth best)
More on Hoover: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 53,891
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $135,725 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $42,317 (Seventh best)
More on West: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 128,345
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $119,763 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $34,276 (Tenth best)
More on Roosevelt: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 56,759
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $127,194 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $35,850 (Ninth best)
More on Fresno-High: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 56,716
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $125,893 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $37,406 (Eighth best)
More on Mclane: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Fresno, CA Neighborhoods In 2021

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Fresno, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 12 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Fresno." We're lookin' at you, North Growth Area.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Fresno, California has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Fresno

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Fresno where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Fresno aren't all good. Edison takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Fresno.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Fresno For 2021

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 North Growth Area 2,295 $392,800 $89,000
2 Woodward Park 58,752 $276,362 $78,412
3 Bullard 100,730 $243,068 $63,516
4 Southeast Growth Area 6,677 $292,050 $69,536
5 South Growth Area 3,848 $201,550 $66,411
6 Hoover 55,566 $149,084 $45,225
7 West 53,891 $135,725 $42,317
8 Roosevelt 128,345 $119,763 $34,276
9 Fresno-High 56,759 $127,194 $35,850
10 Mclane 56,716 $125,893 $37,406
11 Central 14,052 $83,256 $22,711
12 Edison 25,638 $117,821 $29,118

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.