In the Center of It All: Life in Fresno as a Twentysomething


Would you rather have the expansive nature of a national park like Yosemite, the sun-soaked fun of a beach, or the non-stop shopping and nightlife of a city like LA? If you find it hard to choose, you might love living in the Central Valley. Making a city like Fresno your home base gives you easy access to all those places and more.

Radio host and recent grad Nu Vang shares why she loves living in Fresno, and how its central location and cultural diversity make it the perfect place for twentysomethings. Read on to find out if the Central Valley might be the place for you.

Nu Vang Hmong New Year

Nu at the Hmong New Year held in December. The event draws thousands of people from all over the country and internationally.

Recent grad: Nu Vang

College, major, and graduation date: California State University, Fresno, Mass Communication Journalism major with emphasis on Broadcast Journalism, May 2011

Current gig: Radio Host for the Generation X show on KBIF 900 AM.

Half Dome Yosemite

Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. You can also see into the valley, where there are many hikes and trails to explore.

What brought you to Fresno? I was born and raised here.

What do you think the pros and cons are of living in this city?

Pros: There are many pros to living in the Central Valley. Fresno is the fifth largest city in the state. One of the great things about living in Fresno is you are at the center of everything. There are so many things to do and see if you travel in all four directions within hours. To the north and east, you can go hiking at Yosemite National Park or the Sierra Nevada Forest. If you head west, there are the sunny beaches, and to the south you can explore large cities like Los Angeles.

Fresno is also huge in agriculture and you won’t find anywhere else in the state with the freshest fruits and vegetables around! I love going to my local Asian supermarkets and finding bunches of vegetables for a dollar!

The cost of living is not too pricey. I find that many people decide to settle down in Fresno to start their families. You drive everywhere in Fresno, so having a car is vital.

almond blossoms

In February and March, the Blossom Trail is opened to the public, and you can go see peach, orange, and almond blossoms in the orchard fields in Fresno.

Cons: Fresno does not have a wild nightlife like in LA or many concerts like San Francisco. If you like that type of crowd, you’ll have to drive to those spots.

The summers in Fresno can be scorching hot, so if you want to move here be ready for the heat. We’ve been known to have triple-digit heat some years.


What should a recent graduate/twentysomething know about living in your city?

Fresno is a good place to start or continue your career. If you plan on growing a family, you won’t incur an incredible debt living here. Most twentysomething people tend to stay to themselves, but once you find a core group of people with a common interest, you’ll fit in just fine.

Also, there is a diverse amount of ethnic cultures here, so make sure to explore all the festivals held throughout the year.

All photos courtesy of Nu Vang.


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