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The Fresno County Board of Supervisors meets each Tuesday of the month beginning at 9:00 a.m.

*COG Policy Board Representative


Title First Name Last Name Email Phone
Supervior – Chair Buddy Mendez district4@fresnocountyca.gov (559) 600-4000
Supervisor – Vice Chair Steve Brandau district2@fresnocountyca.gov (559) 600-2000
Supervisor Brian Pacheco district1@fresnocountyca.gov (559) 600-1000
Supervisor Sal Quintero district3@fresnocountyca.gov (559) 600-3000
Supervisor Nathan Magsig district5@fresnocountyca.gov (559) 600-5000
Clerk of the Board Bernice Seidel clerkbos@fresnocountyca.gov (559) 600-3529
County Administrator Jean Rousseau jrousseau@fresnocountyca.gov (559) 600-1710


When the Central Pacific Railroad reached Fresno County in 1872 it established the little town of Fresno on the broad treeless, empty plain. Soon farms began to spring up nearby raising mostly grain, hay and livestock. In 1873 Francis T. Eisen planted numerous varieties of grapes a few miles east of the new town planning a winery. They flourished, but the summer of 1877 was extremely hot and his muscats dried on the vine. To salvage them he picked, packed and shipped them to San Francisco as raisins. They were marketed as Peruvian imports but the truth soon leaked out that they were from Fresno. The next year four San Francisco school teachers led by Miss Minne Austin, who had planted a small vineyard a few miles south of town, marketed 30 twenty pound boxes of raisins. These two marketings of Fresno raisins met with such buyer enthusiasm that soon more and more larger plantings were made until over the years Eastern Fresno County became primarily devoted to raisin growing. Today more than 325,000 tons of raisins, the great majority Thompson Seedless, are raised annually making Fresno County the Raisin Capital of the nation. The annual value of this crop together with returns from other agricultural production within the county makes Fresno County the Leading Agricultural County in the nation.

Unique Features:


Number 1 agricultural county for 45 consecutive years Situated in the geographic center of the state Producer of largest variety of crops Highest number of county road miles


January 1, 2015 State of California Department of Finance Information
Population 972,297
Number of Housing Units 324,941
Vacancy Rate 5.2%
April 1, 2010 U.S. Census Information
Population 930,450 Age Distribution
Number of Housing Units 315,531 % under 5 years 8.5%
Vacancy Rate 8.28% % under 18 years 29.8%
Average Household Size 3.15 % 21 years and over 64.9%
% 55 years and over 19.6%
Race/Ethnic Distribution % 60 years and over 14.3%
White 32.7% % 65 years and over 10.0%
Hispanic 50.3% Median Age 30.6
Black 4.8%
American Indian & Alaskan Native 0.6% Occupied Housing Unit Tenure
Asian & Pacific Islander 9.3% Percent Owner-Occupied 54.8%
Other 2.2% Percent Renter-Occupied 45.2%
2008-2012 U.S. Census American Community Survey
Median Family Income $51,371 Percent of Persons 25 Years of Age and Older Who Have Completed High School or Equivalent 72.8%
Median Household Income $45,741 Percent of Persons 25 Years of Age and Older Who Have Completed a Bachelor’s Degree 19.4%
Percent of Persons Below Poverty Level 24.8%
Percent of Children Under 18 Years of Age Below Poverty Level 35.5% Percent of Persons 5 Years of Age and Older Who Speak a Language Other Than English at Home 43.4%


Form of Government:Board of Supervisors, County Administrator

Local Newspapers:
The Fresno Bee
1626 E Street, Fresno,
California 93786
FAX: 4416050

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