About Madera County, California
Madera County, officially established on May 16, 1893, is located in the geographic center of California, in the heart of the Central San Joaquin Valley and the Central Sierras. The county seat is Madera, and it is one of the fastest-growing counties in California. Madera County is known for its rich history and diverse population, with an estimated population of 158,411 as of the 2024 census. The county is bordered by Fresno County to the south, Mariposa and Merced counties to the north, and Mono County to the east.
The county’s economy is driven by various industries, with government being the largest employer, accounting for 24% of the county’s workforce. The presence of two state prisons, Central California Women’s Facility and Valley State Prison, located in rural Chowchilla, contributes significantly to the high percentage of government employment. Additionally, Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, which employs an estimated 1,200 employees, is also included in government statistics due to its impact on the local economy.
Madera County offers a wide range of services, including healthcare, education, and recreational facilities. The county is home to Madera Community Hospital, a full-service, accredited acute care facility serving all age groups. Children’s Hospital of Central California, located in Madera County, is the 13th largest children’s hospital in the country and provides extensive services for a service area spanning from Bakersfield to Fresno.
The county’s government is mandated by the California Constitution to have a five-member Board of Supervisors, with each district represented by a supervisor. The Board of Supervisors, along with the County Administrator and staff, provide for voter registration and elections, law enforcement, jails, vital records, property records, tax collection, public health, roads, and other essential services.