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Sanger, California

Sanger is a city in Fresno County, California, United States. The population was 18,731 at the 2000 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.8 square miles (12.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 18,931 people, 5,220 households, and 4,306 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,985.8 people per square mile (1,538.8/km²). There were 5,420 housing units at an average density of 1,141.1/sq mi (440.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 49.53% White, 0.42% Black or African American, 1.20% Native American, 1.96% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 43.16% from other races, and 3.64% from two or more races. 80.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,220 households out of which 47.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 17.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.5% were non-families. 14.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.60 and the average family size was 3.91.

In the city the population was spread out with 34.1% under the age of 18, 11.6% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 16.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 100.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,072, and the median income for a family was $33,219. Males had a median income of $26,443 versus $22,808 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,625. About 21.0% of families and 23.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.3% of those under age 18 and 15.7% of those age 65 or over.

The Nation's Christmas Tree City

In 1949, the city of Sanger was designated the "Nation's Christmas Tree City" by the U.S. Postal Service.

Music and Arts

In downtown Sanger is a mural of German born actress Nastassja Kinski. This was created in 1982 by Sanger native artist Jose Maro Alvarado now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. The artist attended Sanger High School in the 70's and then went to UC Santa Barbara where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. He has been working and showing his art ever since. He is currently creating gum Arabic paintings and showing them internationally. Music has brought a great deal of popularity for Sanger CA. Multiple bands and artist have represented and showcased their music throughout California and nationally. A music group called The Assassins composed of the member X (Bernardo B), Chillz (Steven E), Aroe (Ricky P), and others have represented Sanger and have been heard playing throughout California to as far as Arizona and Texas. More Bands from various rock genres have also showcased their skills in many places. Sean Munoz, lead singer of the rock band Until April , was also born and raised in Sanger.

Sanger High School

Sanger's high school is a medium-large school. The school's mascot is an Apache. About 350 students graduate from Sanger High each year.

Sanger High School moved into a new facility at 1045 Bethel Avenue during the 2000 school year. The school received a California Distinguished High School Award for their academic improvement during the 2004-2005 school year. Dan Chacon is the current principal of Sanger High School. The Apache football team receives a great amount of fan support, along with their head coach Chuck Shidan.

Notable natives / past residents

  • Jose Maro Alvarado, artist
  • Tom Flores, former Oakland Raiders football coach
  • Jill Simonian, Reelz Channel host and entertainment reporter


Jose Maro Alvarado, artist Tom Flores, former Oakland Raiders football coach Steven Espinoza, youngest most notable Corporate owner in California

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