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Fowler, California
City of Fowler
Sign at the intersection of Golden State Blvd. and E Merced St. in Fowler
Sign at the intersection of Golden State Blvd. and E Merced St. in Fowler
Official seal of Fowler, California
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Location of Fowler in Fresno County, California.
Location of Fowler in Fresno County, California.
Fowler, California is located in the United States
Fowler, California
Fowler, California
Location in the United States
Country United States
State California
County Fresno
Incorporated June 15, 1908
Area
 • Total 2.53 sq mi (6.56 km2)
 • Land 2.53 sq mi (6.56 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
Elevation
308 ft (94 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 5,570
 • Estimate 
(2019)
6,790
 • Density 2,681.67/sq mi (1,035.43/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
93625
Area code(s) 559
FIPS code 06-25436
GNIS feature IDs 1659724, 2410538

Fowler (formerly, Fowler's Switch) is a city in Fresno County, California, United States. It is located within the San Joaquin Valley. It has a strong agricultural community, with lush grape vineyards and expansive farmland. Fowler is located 11 miles (18 km) southeast of downtown Fresno, at an elevation of 308 feet (94 m). The population was 5,570 at the 2010 census.

History

Fowler's first post office opened in 1882. Fowler was incorporated June 15, 1908. The community was named for rancher Thomas Fowler, early 1870s California state senator.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 675
1920 1,528 126.4%
1930 1,171 −23.4%
1940 1,531 30.7%
1950 1,857 21.3%
1960 1,892 1.9%
1970 2,239 18.3%
1980 2,496 11.5%
1990 3,208 28.5%
2000 3,979 24.0%
2010 5,570 40.0%
2019 (est.) 6,790 21.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

The 2010 United States Census reported that Fowler had a population of 5,570. The population density was 2,200.3 people per square mile (849.6/km2). The racial makeup of Fowler was 2,634 (47.3%) White, 104 (1.9%) African American, 136 (2.4%) Native American, 610 (11.0%) Asian, 8 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 1,800 (32.3%) from other races, and 278 (5.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3,687 persons (66.2%).

The Census reported that 5,523 people (99.2% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 47 (0.8%) were institutionalized.

There were 1,723 households, out of which 838 (48.6%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 932 (54.1%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 276 (16.0%) had a female householder with no husband present, 120 (7.0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 114 (6.6%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 14 (0.8%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 333 households (19.3%) were made up of individuals, and 118 (6.8%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.21. There were 1,328 families (77.1% of all households); the average family size was 3.68.

The population was spread out, with 1,662 people (29.8%) under the age of 18, 591 people (10.6%) aged 18 to 24, 1,558 people (28.0%) aged 25 to 44, 1,203 people (21.6%) aged 45 to 64, and 556 people (10.0%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31.6 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.

There were 1,842 housing units at an average density of 727.7 per square mile (280.9/km2), of which 1,723 were occupied, of which 1,102 (64.0%) were owner-occupied, and 621 (36.0%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.6%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.2%. 3,651 people (65.5% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 1,872 people (33.6%) lived in rental housing units.

In 1920, Armenians comprised 65% of the population of Fowler, with 1,000 Armenian residents out of a total population of 1,528.

Notable natives and residents

  • Marvin R. Baxter, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California
  • Ernest A. Bedrosian, founder of the Raisin Bargaining Association (RBA), 1967. His dynamic organizational skill brought together over 1,000 raisin growers to form the largest agricultural bargaining association in America. The RBA's bargaining power was instrumental in increasing raisin grower returns from $180/ton to a recent record of $1,900/ton with a corresponding record increase for raisin grower land values.
  • Jerry Dyer, Mayor of Fresno
  • Richard Hagopian, American Oriental-style oud player and traditional Armenian musician.
  • Victor Davis Hanson, classicist, historian, and political writer.
  • Douglas Jamgochian, professional dancer who has worked on both stage and screen.
  • Herman A. Lawson, highly decorated U.S. Army Air Force/U.S. Air Force officer, combat fighter pilot, and combat flight instructor with the 332nd Fighter Group's 99th Pursuit Squadron, best known as the Tuskegee Airmen or "Red Tails". He was one of 1,007 documented Tuskegee Airmen Pilots.
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