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Fresno

About Fresno

522,053 in city
1,063,899 in metro
257 km² (99 mi²)
101.194830529 m
Located in central California Fresno grew up around a train station established in 1872 for what became the Southern Pacific Railway. The city was incorporated in 1885. With the introduction of irrigation to the fertile San Joaquin Valley in the 1880s, the small city thrived at the center of a healthy agricultural economy. Today Fresno County is the number one producer of agricultural products in the world and averages more than $5 billion a year in the production of 200 commercial crops, including grapes (for wine and raisins), melon, cotton, alfalfa, barley, grains, cattle, sheep, and poultry. Fresno’s population grew 63 percent between 1980 and 1990, and in the 1980s it was by far the fastest growing of the nation’s 50 largest cities. The city's unusual name comes from the Spanish word for "Ash Tree."

No. of Buildings

No. Current status
313 All Buildings
303
existing
2
planned
7
unbuilt
1
demolished

Tallest Buildings

# Building Height Year
1 Pacific Southwest Building 264 ft 1925
2 Golden State County Plaza 246 ft 1964
3 Fresno United States Courthouse 225 ft 2005
4 Fresno County Courthouse 200 ft 1966
5 Trade Center 173 ft 1923