About the Community of Sanger, California
Sanger is a city in Fresno County, California, United States. Situated along the western edge of the Kings River, Sanger enjoys the natural beauty and rural atmosphere prized by so many, yet is only twenty minutes from the heart of Fresno, Central California’s largest city. Sanger is located 13 miles (21 km) east-southeast of Fresno with the population being 24,270 at the 2010 census. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city is at an elevation of 371 ft and has a total area of 5.5 square miles, all of it land.
Situated in Central California, heart of the world’s richest farmland, Sanger embraces its agricultural heritage. Its award-winning schools epitomize the values of innovation and hard work that brought this area to productive life in the late 1800’s. At the same time, Sanger is diversifying its economy. While agriculture and companies packing and processing agricultural products continue to play a major economic influence, companies engaged in the fabrication of parts and machinery, corrugated paper products, electronic cable, and extruded plastic products have relocated to Sanger’s expanding Industrial Park.
Climate of Sanger, California
Sanger has a hot semi-arid climate. Average January temperatures are a maximum of 56.8 °F and a minimum of 37.9 °F. Average July temperatures are a maximum of 99.3°F and a minimum of 66.9 °F. Annually, there are an average of 105.2 days with highs of 90°F (32°C) or higher and an average of 30.8 days with lows of 32°F (0°C) or lower.
History of Sanger
The first post office opened in Sanger in 1888. The city incorporated in 1911. The name commemorates Joseph Sanger Jr., secretary-treasurer of the Railroad Yardmasters Association, who visited California in 1887. The Sanger Railroad Depot was built in 1887 next to the Southern Pacific Railroad line that connected Fresno to Porterville. Sanger became a center for shipping grain, citrus and lumber from the nearby mountains. When the depot was retired, it was the oldest building in the city and was donated to the Sanger Historical Society which turned it into the Sanger Depot Museum in 1977. In 1949, the city was designated the “Nation’s Christmas Tree City” by the U.S. Postal Service.