Close to Yosemite National Park and right on the edge of the beautiful Sierra National Forest is Oakhurst. This idyllic community used to be known as Fresno Flats, and tallied a population of just 2,829 according to the 2010 census.
Its location in Madera County not only places it close to some of America’s natural wonders, but also puts it within range of Fresno, San Jose, and San Francisco.
Few other locations can claim the amazing benefits of Oakhurst. Oakhurst is central to many of California’s most exciting attractions, yet it is small, beautiful, and secluded.
What is it like to live here, especially in terms of the numbers? Let’s go over the cost of living, employment opportunities, home costs and more for Oakhurst, California.
Sperling’s Best Places rates cost of living on a scale where the US average is 100. On that scale, Oakhurst is rated at 110.8.
This is quite an excellent rating compared to the average for California statewide, which is 168.6. Grocery and housing costs are higher than the US average, but healthcare and transportation costs are lower.
You would think that you would pay more to live at the gateway to Yosemite than to live elsewhere in California, but in point of fact, you will actually save money by living here compared to the cost of living in many other CA communities.
While there is more unemployment in Oakhurst then there is an average nationwide, the community is showing healthy job growth and strong projected job growth for the future.
The average income per person is $19,324, and the average household income is $34,757. As reported by Data USA, the principle industries in the community are Accommodation & Food Services and Retail Trade (in other words, think tourism). There are also quite a few people employed in healthcare and social assistance services.
As of the time of this writing, Zillow reports a home value index for Oakhurst of $286,000. That is not much higher than the $243,200 index reported for Fresno, and is much lower than the $1,006,300 reported for San Jose.
Considering the close proximity to these cities as well as the beautiful parkland nearby, the housing costs in Oakhurst are surprisingly affordable.
There are 9 public schools and one private school located in Oakhurst, and an average of 23 students for every teacher. The State Center Community College District has a location in town as well. Students graduating from high school in Oakhurst can also look to the many colleges located in and around San Francisco and San Jose.
As Oakhurst is a small community, getting around in your car is easy. You can travel by Highway 41 if you want to commute to Fresno or head into Yosemite National Park. Mariposa can be reached via Highway 49.
If you want to use public transportation, there is a bus which can take you to Yosemite or Fresno along Highway 41. You may also board the Madera County Connection bus if you wish to reach Bass Lake or Madera.
Oakhurst is a great place to live if you enjoy the four seasons. During the summertime, temperatures can get as high as 94.2 degrees Fahrenheit, while during the wintertime, they can drop down to 32.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
You can expect around 263 days of sunlight during the year in Oakhurst (higher than the US average), and about 54.2 days of annual precipitation (lower than the US average). This mostly takes the form of rain, but around 1.5 inches of snow falls on average each year in the area. Overall, Sperling’s rates climate on a comfort index where “10” is the highest and best score. With the US on average receiving a “7,” Oakhurst has a superior score of “7.9.”
One of the most exciting things about living in Oakhurst is that there is so much to do here. In town, you can visit the Fresno Flats Historical Village & Park with 19th century houses on display. There is also the Children’s Museum of Sierra and the Oakhurst Community Park.
Just to the east, you can enjoy water sports at Bass Lake. To the west is Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park. And of course you are just 14 miles away from Yosemite National Park, one of the most breathtaking places to explore in the US. Its soaring cliff faces and graceful falls are practically in your backyard.
If you are looking for more urban diversions, you can hop in your car and drive just a few hours to get to San Jose and San Francisco. There you can visit the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the Exploratorium and other iconic destinations.
Are you ready to make Oakhurst your home and Yosemite your backyard? Granite West Funding can connect you with the right mortgage for your needs. Please give us a call now at 559-540-2275 to schedule your free consultation. We work with customers in and around Oakhurst and throughout CA.
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