Located in the San Joaquin Valley, Fresno ranked 96th, up one spot from last year’s “Best Places to Live.” It is another city whose restaurant scene benefits from the surrounding farmland, growing local and organic produce. Another bonus is affordability. Like Sacramento, the cost of living is a bit higher than the national average, but 22 percent lower than the overall state average. Young people are flocking to the former railroad town as demonstrated by the median age of 30. Manufacturing, distribution, education and healthcare are major industries. Fresno has also been ranked as one of the “Most Fun Places to Live.” It offers parks, concert venues, restaurants, and shopping. Twelve high schools in the area have been recognized as top schools. A higher than average crime rate is a downside to the area.