Reedley, California

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Reedley, California
City of Reedley
Reedley City Hall
Reedley City Hall
Official seal of Reedley, California
"The World's Fruit Basket"[1]
Location in Fresno County and the state of California
Location in Fresno County and the state of California
Reedley, California is located in the United States
Reedley, California
Reedley, California
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 36°35′47″N 119°27′01″W / 36.59639°N 119.45028°W / 36.59639; -119.45028Coordinates: 36°35′47″N 119°27′01″W / 36.59639°N 119.45028°W / 36.59639; -119.45028
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedFebruary 18, 1913[2]
Named forThomas Law Reed
 • City CouncilMayor Anita Betancourt
Mayor Pro Tempore Frank Pinon
Ray Soleno
Robert Beck
Mary Fast[1]
 • State SenatorMelissa Hurtado (D)[3]
 • State AssemblyJoaquin Arambula (D)[4]
 • U. S. CongressDevin Nunes (R)[5]
 • Total5.49 sq mi (14.21 km2)
 • Land5.41 sq mi (14.02 km2)
 • Water0.07 sq mi (0.19 km2)  1.39%
Elevation348 ft (106 m)
 • Total24,194
 • Estimate 
 • Density4,725.16/sq mi (1,824.34/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)559
FIPS code06-60242
GNIS feature IDs1659495, 2410920

Reedley is a city in Fresno County, California, United States. It is located in the San Joaquin Valley, 22 miles (35 km) east-southeast of Fresno,[9] at an elevation of 348 feet (106 m).[7] The population at the 2010 census was 24,194. Its chief economic source is agriculture, particularly fruit and vegetable cultivation. The city dubs itself "The World's Fruit Basket".[1]

Reedley holds many festivals year round, including the annual Reedley Fiesta in October, the Reedley Electrical Christmas Parade in December, the Reedley Street Faire in May, the Reedley Certified Farmers Market (Wednesday evenings, in the summer), and the Reedley Taste of the Town in September, among many other festivities.

Reedley is situated along the Kings River and in the summer, many local residents and visitors drive to Cricket Hollow Park and Reedley Beach.

Reedley is named for Thomas L. Reed, a veteran who gave half of his holdings to the city in 1888.[10]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13 km2), of which, 5.1 square miles (13 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (1.39%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201825,579[8]5.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]


The 2010 United States Census[12] reported that Reedley had a population of 24,194. The population density was 4,693.2 people per square mile (1,800/km²). The racial makeup of Reedley was 14,105 (58.3%) White, 169 (0.7%) African American, 267 (1.1%) Native American, 797 (3.3%) Asian, 8 (0.03%) Pacific Islander, 7,850 (32.4%) from other races, and 998 (4.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18,455 persons (76.3%).

The Census reported that 23,945 people (99% of the population) lived in households, 119 (0.5%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 130 (0.5%) were institutionalized.

There were 6,569 households, out of which 3,544 (54%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 3,988 (60.7%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 946 (14.4%) had a female householder with no husband present, 521 (7.9%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 440 (6.7%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 39 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 886 households (13.5%) were made up of individuals and 471 (7.2%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.65. There were 5,455 families (83% of all households); the average family size was 3.94.

The population was spread out with 7,869 people (32.5%) under the age of 18, 2,797 people (11.6%) aged 18 to 24, 6,594 people (27.3%) aged 25 to 44, 4,627 people (19.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 2,307 people (9.5%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.7 males.

There were 6,867 housing units at an average density of 1,332.1 per square mile (510/km²), of which 6,569 were occupied, of which 3,881 (59.1%) were owner-occupied, and 2,688 (40.9%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 3.7%. 13,704 people (56.6% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 10,241 people (42.3%) lived in rental housing units.


As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 20,756 people, 5,761 households, and 4,643 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,700.1 people per square mile (1,800/km²). There were 5,972 housing units at an average density of 1,352.3 per square mile (520/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 51.76% White, 1.73% Black or African American, 1.21% Native American, 8.83% Asian, 37.72% from other races, and 4.44% from two or more races. 57.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,761 households out of which 46.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.5% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.4% were non-families. 15.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.53 and the average family size was 3.87.

In the city, the population was spread out with 32.1% under the age of 18, 12.2% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 15.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was US$34,682, and the median income for a family was $37 thousand. Males had a median income of $30 thousand versus $25.5 thousand for females. The per capita income for the city was $12.1 thousand. About 18.5% of families and 21.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.6% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.

City administration and policing[edit]


Reedley has a Council-City Manager form of municipal government.


Reedley has a municipal police department. Headquarters are located at 843 "G" Street.


In the mid-1800s, American Civil War hero Thomas Law Reed settled in Reedley to grow wheat for Gold Rush miners. His donation of land for a railroad station site established the town as the center of the San Joaquin Valley's[which?] booming wheat industry. Railroad officials commemorated his donation by naming the fledgling city in his honor. When mining fever began to fade, wheat demand slackened. Water from the Kings River was diverted for crop irrigation, and the region began its over 100-year agricultural tradition.

With water and railroad services in place, farming families of European immigrants were recruited, and the settlement was incorporated in 1913, with Ordinance No. 1 adopting and prescribing the style of a Common Seal on February 25, 1913. [14] That same year, cement sidewalks, a sewer system, a fire department, and the first of two steel water towers were constructed.[15]

A colony of German Mennonites played an important role in the town's early history. The population today is diverse and multicultural and Reedley boasts a current population equal to 20,500. The community contains 25 different churches, including Anglican, Catholic, Christian, Armenian, Baptist, Buddhist, and Mennonite congregations, among many others. The area's 41 organizations and 12 civic clubs include Filipino community organizations, a Finnish organization, an American Lebanese Women's Club, several Hispanic and Latin American organizations, and a Japanese organization among many sports, cultural, conservation, charitable, and civic associations.

In 1988 Reedley celebrated the first 100 years of its multicultural heritage, and the 75th anniversary of incorporation. It is also noted for being the location of the opening and monster truck scenes in the movie Roadhouse starring Patrick Swayze in 1989.

Downtown Reedley[edit]

Downtown Reedley offers various specialty shops that many visitors and locals enjoy. From dining to shopping, people can view art galleries around downtown and can taste exquisite cuisines from Armenian to Italian and Mexican to Asian. Downtown Reedley houses retail stores with many collectibles such as David's and Music schools such as the Reedley School of Music, the Reedley Ballet Studio, and the Premier Dance Studio. Cafes and popular hang out spots such as Wakehouse Bar and Grill and Mainstreet Cafe. Reedley's downtown is the home of the local newspaper The Reedley Exponent. Downtown Reedley offers many interesting things for locals and visitors alike. People can dine and be entertained at local bars or even watch a musical at The Reedley Opera House. The Reedley Museum also offers rich facts of history about Reedley and Central California.

Opera House[edit]

The building that houses the Opera House Theater was built in 1903, after a fire destroyed two blocks of downtown Reedley. The small theater languished, until being restored in 1986. This historic building currently houses the Reedley's River City Theatre Company. The City of Reedley acquired the building in 2002 by donation. River City Theatre currently leases the space and produces musicals and stage plays year-round. 2009 marks River City's sixth season in the Opera House. They have performed such shows as Big River, The People VS. Mona, Pump Boys and Dinettes, The Odd Couple, The Sunshine Boys, The Nerd, The Music Man, Oliver!, Steel Magnolias, Little Shop of Horrors and some local original works written and directed by founder of the company Mark Norwood. Original shows include: Blossoms Up!, Blossoms Up!: Fiona's Revenge, Babes In Toyland: Barnabe's Story, Best Wishes, and Fanny's Up. Outside talent is brought in occasionally: LA Improv and Jeremy "Elvis" Pearce. River City Theatre Company is a non-profit theatre company dedicated to the performing arts and its community.


Kings Canyon Unified School District is headquartered in the city, but also has schools located in the nearby towns of Orange Cove, Dunlap, Miramonte, and the mountain communities. Reedley also offers private educational institutions such as St. La Salle School (Roman Catholic Private K-8) and Immanuel Schools (Christian Private K-12). Reedley College offers associate degrees and also certificates. The public two-year institution boasts excellent degree programs as well as competitive athletics where many athletes transfer to NCAA Division I, II, and NAIA universities.

Educational institutions in Reedley:


  • Alta Elementary School
  • Jefferson Elementary School
  • Great Western Elementary School
  • Washington Elementary School
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Immanuel Elementary School

K-8 schools

  • Thomas Law Reed K-8 School
  • Riverview K-8 School
  • Silas Bartsch K-8 School
  • St. La Salle Catholic School

Middle schools

  • General Grant Middle School
  • Navelencia Middle School
  • Immanuel Junior High School

High schools

Reedley College in 2009

Alternative education

Community college

Notable people[edit]


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  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  14. ^ Retrieved 2020-03-31. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ "Historical Dates". Retrieved 2016-09-27.

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