Sanger, California

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Coordinates: 36°42′29″N 119°33′21″W / 36.70806°N 119.55583°W / 36.70806; -119.55583

Sanger is a city in Fresno County, California, United States. The population was 18,731 at the 2000 census. Sanger is located 13 miles (21 km) east-southeast of Fresno,[1] at an elevation of 371 feet (113 m).[2]



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.


The first post office opened in Sanger in 1888.[1] The city incorporated in 1911.[1] The name commemorates Joseph Sanger Jr., secretary-treasurer of the Railroad Yardmasters Association, who visited California in 1887.[1]

The Sanger Railroad Depot was built in 1887 next to the Southern Pacific Railroad line that connected Fresno to Porterville. Sanger became a center for shipping grain, citrus and lumber from the nearby mountains. When the depot was retired, it was the oldest building in the city and was donated to the Sanger Historical Society which turned it into the Sanger Depot Museum in 1977.[3]


As of the census[4] 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.

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