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Old 02-12-2011, 12:44 PM
 
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I may be possibly moving to Clovis, Ca area 2 small children a wife and a job that may not pay more than 60/yr. Fresno is out of the question Clovis a definite consideration to live/rent. Fowler Ive heard is a little cheaper rent but same type of living as Clovis. Can anyone help with some good facts? spare me the fluffy stuff about nitelife as thats not really a huge factor with safety being no. 1 priority. I would be coming from SoCal.
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:52 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Oh gosh, don't choose Fowler. Clovis is a good suburban community with generally good schools. Fowler is a dump.
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Old 02-12-2011, 01:00 PM
 
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Thanks for the heads-up on Fowler how bout Sanger or Selma compared to Clovis..
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Old 02-12-2011, 01:48 PM
 
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Clovis would be the best of Sanger, Selma, or Fowler. Clovis has more of a suburbia life while the other 3 are small towns still close to their ag roots.

There are lots of areas of north Fresno that are identical to Clovis in terms of demographics, safety, housing, etc. The Clovis Unified School District includes the areas of the city of Fresno north of Herndon and east of Van Ness Ave. I would not rule that area out of your search.
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Old 02-12-2011, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, Placerville
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Fowler isn't bad. It is just very small. I would choose Fowler over Selma and Sanger. Drive through the neighbourhoods in these towns and you will understand why.

In addition to Clovis, take a look at Kingsburg. Hanford is a little bit out there, but not too far. Hanford is large enough where you can find good and bad neighbourhoods.
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Old 02-12-2011, 02:22 PM
 
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Thanks for the real good info on the surrounding cities, whats the population of Kingburg? I would be coming from a city of about 30,000 in Socal where everything is pretty controllable as far as good and bad areas. My job would be a 2 yrs gig there if possible but if the family likes it I would be willing to stay in the Central Valley.
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Old 02-12-2011, 03:33 PM
 
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Kingsburg is a nice small town of about 12,000. I used to be there more on business than I am these days. Went down a few times over the years for events like their Independence Day Festival and always had a nice time.

I know 2 couples in their 20s living there now (neither has kids). Both like the small town atmosphere but both also admit they find themselves driving to either Fresno or Visalia for more things than they realized when they moved there like for shopping or entertainment. So it also means looking at the things you prefer close access to and if they are located there.

Kingsburg to Clovis would be about a 35 to 40 minute commute with little traffic congestion most of the time. Most difficult part would be during the 35 to 40 days a year of fog, seems to me to be more prevalent and thicker down that way due to the moisture from the Kings River. On foggy days you'd slow your speed and need to plan on 1 hour or more to Clovis.
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Old 02-12-2011, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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I would stick with Clovis and Northern Fresno as originally recommended.

If safety is first and you have two small children then you need to seriously consider the better school districts. And Clovis seems to be the best in the area. Take a look at this map and zoom into Fresno: California School Performance Maps

While some ppl like those other smaller ag/farm towns you've mentioned I really don't think that is what you are looking for. Have you ever driven throught the Central Valley before? If not just drive through these areas and you will and get a feel for them. I'm pretty sure it will only take a few visits for you to see what most are describing.

I would go for a smaller place in a nicer area rather than a cheaper, larger place in a so/so neighborhood with lousy schools and higher crime. That's not saying the other places are all bad. But its better to error on the side of caution, especially when young children are concerned.

My 2c,

Derek

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Old 02-12-2011, 04:53 PM
 
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Cool all very humble opinions thx Im gonna trek out there from Socal and see what I can come to peace with....Vaya con Dios! Amigos!
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:10 PM
 
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Hey Phil good question!! Me, my fiance and my two kids arae looking into moving out there to.we ,ive in socal also and would like a change.I hear that the clovis school district is the best which is awesme.We are coming from Hemet,ca where are you coming from?
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