Fresno is the county seat of Fresno County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 427,652. 2003 estimates by the Census Bureau approximate a city population of 451,455 and a metropolitan area of 983,788. Fresno is the sixth-largest city in California and the largest inland city in the state. It is located at 36°47' North, 119°48' West, in the San Joaquin Valley portion of California's expansive Central Valley. Its ZIP Code is 937xx. It is also one of the largest cities in the United States that is not directly served by an Interstate highway or US Highway (though state route 99 formerly held a US Highway designation, and a sign for traffic going out of Fresno Yosemite International Airport erroneously has a US 99 shield).
Fresno is a Spanish word for ash tree. See Fresno for other places of the same name.
The "Fresno Municipal Sanitary Landfill" was the first modern landfill in the United States, and incorporated several important innovations to waste disposal, including trenching, compacting, and the daily covering of trash with dirt. It was opened in 1937 and closed in 1987. It is now a National Historic Landmark.
Web Sites and Links
Fresno Chamber of CommerceProvides government, business, health and local information for tourists and business owners.
Historical View of FresnoA bird's-eye view showing the city in 1901, with a border showing major buildings.
The City of FresnoOfficial web site for Fresno city government.