Madera, CA

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Madera, CA

About Madera, CA

Madera, California is a vibrant town located in central Fresno County. This attractive community offers plenty for visitors to explore such as the awe-inspiring Yosemite National Park or the historic Madera County Courthouse Museum. Residents here also enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities at Lions Town and Country Park or the Madera Municipal Golf Course. With its excellent school systems, thriving businesses, and numerous recreational opportunities, it's no wonder why so many people choose to make Madera their home. Small city - California San Joaquin Valley, 20 miles northwest of Fresno.

State: California
County: Madera County
Metro Area: Madera Metro Area
City: Madera
Zip Codes: 93638 93637
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Time zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Elevation: 272 ft above sea level

Madera means “lumber” in Spanish. However, you won’t find many naturally-occurring 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 Sierras 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 healthcare 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, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, is a plus.

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 and mild in winter. Almost all precipitation falls in winter, when temperatures remain in a 35 to 60 degree range with persistent fog at times.

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Madera Cost of Living

Nearby mountains, mild winters, and diverse economy make Madera a great place to live.

+3.8% higher than avg
-28.3% lower than avg
$1,015 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-13.1% lower than avg
Madera Crime
41.2 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Madera
   Nearby mountains
High home prices
   Mild winters
Low educational attainment
   Diverse economy
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I live here for the pass 4 years and in these years I lived in a fifth wheeler I owned a RV motor home but my dreams of selling it went out the window on the4 morning  More

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I live in Madera, Ca. and it has been listed in Sperling's BestPlaces as having a home medium price of $315,000 and a population of approx. 35,000. As an update to  More

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