Fresno County

Fresno County, covering a land area of over 6,000 square miles, is California's sixth-largest county. Fresno County is located near the center of the San Joaquin Valley and is one of the largest, fastest-growing, and most diverse counties in the state. 

Its primary industry is agriculture, and it is the largest agricultural producer in the United States, with production exceeding $4.6 billion in 2006. Major crops include grapes, almonds, tomatoes and cotton. Fresno County is also home to the Coalinga oil field, which is the eighth-largest oil-producing field in California.

Community needs

Fresno County is home to nearly 800,000 residents, including a significant Latino population, with more than 30 percent of residents speaking Spanish. Twenty-two percent of the population of Fresno County lives below the federal poverty line. (U.S. Census, 2000).

For more information about our work in Fresno County, please review the

Human Investment Initiatives Report (4332 KB)


Case Study: Focus Forward

Focus Forward, a nonprofit organization, works to create a positive change for unserved and underserved youth and families in the Fresno County juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Fresno Regional Foundation serves as their fiscal agent, collecting donations and overseeing disbursements for their initiatives and programs. For more information on Focus Forward, visit

Related Information

Fresno County Profile

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