The fifth largest city in California is home to slightly more than half a million Californians. Fresno is a multicultural and multi-industry city. Downtown Fresno is full of previously abandoned buildings that are now being restored or pulled down to make way for new construction as a considerable revitalization effort takes place. One of the problems that Fresno faced was people moving to suburban areas while letting the core of the city fall into decay. This has been combatted in recent times with efforts to restore the Tower District as well as the downtown. Student populations at the several universities in town have also helped inject new life into Fresno. California State University, Fresno alone has more than 23,000 students attending.
Finding an apartment in Fresno is easier than in many California cities. While many cities in the state have low apartment availability, Fresno actually has quite a few more vacant apartments per capita than the national average. If you give yourself a month and half to apartment hunt, you should be fine at any time of year.
High availability and low prices can be great, but they should also be taken as a warning sign. Generally speaking, when those two factors align, there are a certain number of undesirable apartments in the city. Fresno has its share of these, but it also has many great ones. It is just a good idea to visit a neighborhood in person before deciding on where you want to live.
Although there is a bus system in Fresno, like most of California this city was laid out to cater to the car drivers and not those who prefer to take public transportation. The same holds true for people who are coming into Fresno. Way more people drive into Fresno that come there via any other mode of transport. The bottom line is, your life is going to be easier if you live with a car in Fresno.
The Fulton mall is a historic part of Fresno where you can view public art, grab a beer at the Fresno Brewing Company, or do a little bit of shopping. The Rogue Festival is an annual performance festival that draws acts from throughout the continent. Fresno also has a reputation for a very vibrant nightlife. Elbow Room and On the Rocks are two places with reputations that have spread beyond the city.