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About Mendota:

CITY PROFILE
Nestled in the heart of California’s Central Valley and located in Fresno County, the City of Mendota has much to offer its residents and visitors. A strong heritage and community pride is evident in recent downtown projects and community sponsored events. Mendota’s acclaimed Farmer’s Market runs from June through September and draws numerous vendors and shoppers from across the valley.

The City of Mendota is pleased to bear the designation Cantaloupe Center of the World as agriculture is an important part of the City’s economy. Additional important local economic stimulators include new solar power plants, a biomass plant, produce companies, and a new Federal Correctional Institution.

Recreational opportunities are abundant, with four city parks in addition to the County and State administered parklands, such as the Mendota Wildlife Refuge. Mendota also boasts an active youth sports program, which has won prestigious awards such as the Tri-County Championship in youth football and produced State Champions in boxing.

The prosperity of the City of Mendota is in many parts thanks to the commitment and teamwork of the City Council, residents, and community partnerships. Mendota is an aggressive and energetic community that continues to experience growth and success in their local businesses and community development.

CITY HISTORY
The City of Mendota has its origins in the railroad industry. In 1891, Mendota thrived as a Southern Pacific Railroad storage and switching facility site. The first post office opened in 1892, and the City incorporated in 1942. The city has grown progressively, with agriculture always at the heart of the City.

DEMOGRAPHICS
As of the January 1, 2009 State of California Department of Finance Information, the population of Mendota is 9,870, with 2,301 housing units, and an average household size of 4.41 persons. The population is broken down by race/ethnicity as follows:

Hispanic      
94.65%
White   
3.14%
Black
0.48%
American Indian & Alaskan Native  
0.72%
Asian and Pacific Islander   
0.72%
Other   
0.60%
   

The Median Household Income is $23,705, with 41.88% of the population below poverty.

The age distribution of the City is as follows:

0-19 years:       
38.66%
20-44 years:   
41.43%
45-64 years: 
14.68%

 

 

 

 

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