Quick! Name the armpit of California. Chances are you thought 'Fresno'. That's what I like to think of as a self-fulfilling prophecy. Since moving (begrudgingly at first) to Fresno, I've had my preconceptions proven wrong and met some of the most passionate, forward-thinking locals that prove Fresno isn't as bad as pop-culture makes it seem.
Now, I'd be pretty obtuse not to recognize that Fresno (and the county by extension) has a number of socio-economic issues, and there are thousands who have every right to feel as if Fresno has not done enough for them and their family...BUT...coping with and overcoming those issues is precisely what makes living here so unique.