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Overview
Population:2,577
Pop. Change:-6%
State: California
Metro Area: Madera Metro Area
County: Madera County
City:Oakhurst
Zip Code:93644
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Oakhurst's Real Estate Market
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 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
 • Median Condominiums


Madera Metro Area

Profile: Small city

Location: California San Joaquin Valley, 20 miles northwest of Fresno

Elevation: 272

Time zone: Pacific Standard Time

PROCON
Nearby mountainsHigh home prices
Mild wintersLow educational attainment
Diverse economyArts & culture

Madera means “lumber” in Spanish. However, you won’t find many naturally-occuring trees nor much of a timber industry in this mostly agricultural San Joaquin Valley town. It is located smack in the center of California’s broad, flat, agricultural Central Valley. The name dates back to the 1870’s when loggers built a flume to bring logs from the vast Sierra to the east to a railroad loading point. The Madera economy is driven by agriculture, including wine growing and fruit and nut orchards, but also by a variety of manufacturing businesses including glass and plastic products, farm equipment, and machinery. These businesses enjoy relatively low costs, a good labor force, transportation, access to California markets and Fresno services. Some preferring a small-town lifestyle live here and commute to Fresno. However, perhaps because of proximity to Fresno, the area has a higher cost of living and housing profile than many other valley towns. There are some good health care facilities, notably a large children’s hospital, but most to to Fresno for city services. Like all Central Valley towns, access to Sierra recreation, and particularly Yosemite, Sequois and Kings Canyon National Parks, is a plus . But home prices are sky high for what you get and there isn’t a lot to do in the immediate vicinity.

As with most Central Valley towns, the terrain is completely flat and treeless (save for the numerous orchards), with mountains rising sharply to the east and less dramatically to the west but only visible on clear days. The climate is California Mediterranean, hot and completely dry in summer with pleasant evenings if breezes are right (or even exist) and mild in winter. Almost all precipitation falls in winter, and temperatures remain in a 35[dg]F to 60[dg]F range with persistent fog at times.

Interesting Facts about Oakhurst, California

As of 2014, Oakhurst's population is 2,577 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -6.15 percent.

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The median home cost in Oakhurst is $198,000. Home appreciation the last year has been 14.60 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Oakhurst's cost of living is 11.80% Higher than the U.S. average.

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Oakhurst public schools spend $10,266 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 20.8 students per teacher in Oakhurst.

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The unemployment rate in Oakhurst is 11.20 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Oakhurst jobs have Decreased by 2.63 percent.


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Map Of Oakhurst

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Average Commute time is 12 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Oakhurst's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes