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About Clovis

Gateway to the Sierra Sign

Located in the northeast quadrant of the Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan Area, Clovis is situated in the midst of the agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley. Since its incorporation in 1912, Clovis has been the "Gateway to the Sierra." Dedicated to promoting planned growth while retaining its unique western atmosphere, the City’s population has more than doubled since 1985, reaching the current level of over 98,000, and encompassing over 23 square miles in area.

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Population and Area

YEAR POPULATION AREA (Sq. Mi.)


  • 1950 2,766 1.05
  • 1960 5,546 2.88
  • 1970 22,133 4.22
  • 1980 33,021 9.02
  • 1985 38,910 11.65
  • 1990 49,300 14.34
  • 1995 64,750 15.29
  • 2000 70,746 17.22
  • 2001 70,834 17.99
  • 2002 72,808 18.49
  • 2003 75,977 18.85
  • 2004 80,884 19.52
  • 2005 86,015 19.94
  • 2006 89,924 22.66
  • 2007 92,269 23.03
  • 2008 94,278 23.10
  • 2009 94,993 23.10
  • 2010 95,480 23.10
  • 2011 97,218 23.10
  • 2012 98,611 23.29
  • 2013 99,983 23.96
  • 2014 102,188 24.04
  • 2015 104,339 24.04
Quick Facts
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Quick Facts
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Clovis California

Located in the northeast quadrant of the Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan Area, in Fresno County, Clovis is situated in the midst of California's agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley. Since its incorporation in 1912, Clovis has been the "Gateway to the Sierra."

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A Brief History of Clovis

Historic Plat of ClovisThe City of Clovis was named after its public spirited pioneer, Clovis M. Cole, a man who spent nearly all of his life in the vicinity. The area was known for its thousands of acres of wheat, which he had developed in the Fresno County area. The first thoughts of settlement, however, are credited to Padre Martin, who explored the area in 1806 while searching for a mission site. Missionaries and trappers were the first non-native people to roam the area. Miners soon followed during the "gold rush" period, displacing the many Native American tribes that were settled in the foothills and near the rivers. 

Another earlier settler, Marcus Pollasky, proposed and coordinated the construction of a railroad through the grain, cattle, and mining country and into the timber-rich forests of the nearby Sierra. The City eventually grew up around the San Joaquin Division of the Southern Pacific Railroad, which played an important role in the founding and growth of Clovis. In addition to the arrival of the "Iron Horse," factors such as completing the 42 mile-long Shaver log flume, developing the 40-acre Clovis mill and finishing plant, expanding grain production, and raising livestock all combined to ensure the founding of Clovis in 1891. 

Located in the northeast quadrant of the Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan Area, Clovis is situated in the midst of the agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley. Since its incorporation in 1912, Clovis has been the "Gateway to the Sierra." Today, Clovis continues to plan and adapt to meet the needs of its present and future citizens. The City's economic base consists of retail sales and services and light manufacturing. Availability of housing, quality hospital care, excellent schools with modern facilities, responsive safety services, a mild climate, access to varied recreational opportunities, and strong community identity all contribute to Clovis' reputation as a great place to live. 

Clovis has maintained a small town community spirit as envisioned by its early founders, which is exemplified by such community events as the annual Rodeo Days, Big Hat Days, and Clovisfest celebration. This community pride, combined with Clovis' unique growth opportunities, continues to attract new residents, developers, businesses, and industries to the City.

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City of Clovis

1033 Fifth Street, Clovis, CA 93612

(559) 324-2060

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