About the Community of Fresno California
The city of Fresno is located in Central California, United States, the county seat of Fresno County. As of 2012, the city’s population was 509,039 making it the fifth largest city in California, the largest inland city in California, and the 34th largest in the nation. Fresno is in the center of the San Joaquin Valley and approximately 200 miles (320 km) north of Los Angeles, and 170 miles (270 km) south of the state capitol, Sacramento. The County of Fresno was formed in 1856 after the California Gold Rush. Fresno is derived from the Spanish word for the ash tree and was named for the abundant ash trees lining the San Joaquin River. An ash leaf is also featured on the city’s flag.
Geography of Fresno California
Fresno is home to three large public parks, two in the city limits and one in county land to the southwest. Woodward Park, which features the Shinzen Japanese Gardens, numerous picnic areas and several miles of trails, is in North Fresno and is adjacent to the San Joaquin River Parkway. Roeding Park, near Downtown Fresno, is home to the Rotary Storyland and Playland, and Fresno Chaffee Zoo. Kearney Park is the largest of the Fresno region’s park system and is home to historic Kearney Mansion and plays host to the annual Civil War Revisited, the largest reenactment of the Civil War in the west coast of the U.S.
Climate of Fresno California
Fresno is marked by a semi-arid climate, with mild, moderately wet winters and hot and dry summers, thus displaying Mediterranean characteristics. December and January are the coldest months, and average 55.0 °F (12.8 °C) during the day; July high temperatures average 98.5 °F (36.9 °C), though summer temperatures can occasionally soar to highs of 113 °F(45.0 °C) or more.