May 2018 — I live in the city of Fresno, California. It is a large town both in population and urban sprawl. While most people don’t think of Fresno as a large city (it does have a small downtown area), it is in the top 50 largest cities by population. It has a history of being very conservative, though recently the trend is changing. Fresno, in addition to the rest of the central valley, is the agricultural hub of the world – providing almost 60% of the world’s food supply in tons. The educational situation in Fresno is very dim. While it boasts the 4th largest school district in the state of California, the standardized test results are very poor. It has a city college and a state college, but both are historically under-performing. The climate is that of a desert. We receive very little rain and the summers are quite hot. I continue to live here despite the crime and educational quality because the culture and food here is amazing. It is truly a cultural hub of diversity. There is a thriving night life and downtown art scene. There is a good mix of people with small town values with a large town mentality.
April 2018 — I live in Fresno, CA USA. What I like about Fresno is that it is cheap to live here, and there are plenty of things to do in our downtown area. What I dislike about Fresno is we have too crime here, drug addicts/mentally ill that are homeless, and not too many events happen hear either. Our town is pretty large despite it being a small town. Fresno has its ups and downs, there have been many years of neglect in this city that the effects are shown, even in this present day. If you’re the type of person to like big city life, this wouldn’t be the place for you. Despite the crime, drug related crimes as well, Fresno isn’t so bad. It’s a great place to start a family since, like stated above it’s cheap to live here. Personally, I don’t like my hometown too much, and I plan to leave when I get a chance (especially since I’ll be working in IT and there are no IT jobs here). Furthermore, Fresno is a central valley, so it’s also great to live here if you like to travel a lot since most major cities are not that far to travel to from here.