Friant (formerly, Converse Ferry, Jones Ferry, Hamptonville, and Pollasky) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fresno County, California, United States. The population was 519 males and 259 females (total: 778) at the 2000 census. Friant is located 11.5 miles (19 km) north of Clovis, at an elevation of 344 feet (105 m).
Friant is located at The CDP is located along the banks of the San Joaquin River and at the base of Friant Dam and Millerton Lake..
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²), of which, 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (2.88%) is water.
The place was first called Converse Ferry for Charles Converse, who established a ferry across the San Joaquin River in 1852. It was renamed Jones Ferry for J.R. Jones a local merchant. The post office came in 1881 and named the place Hamptonville, after William R. Hampton, its first postmaster. The Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in 1891 and named the place Pollasky for Marcus Pollasky, a railroad official. In the 1920s the place was renamed for Thomas Friant, a lumber company executive.
As of the census of 2000, there were 519 male and 259 female (total: 778) people, 226 households, and 148 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 384.6 people per square mile (148.4/km²). There were 236 housing units at an average density of 174.9/sq mi (67.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.21% White, 1.93% Native American, 1.93% Asian, 0.19% Pacific Islander, 2.70% from other races, and 4.05% from two or more races. 10.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 226 households out of which 19.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.70.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 18.7% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 28.5% from 45 to 64, and 25.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.9 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $30,234, and the median income for a family was $35,792. Males had a median income of $24,808 versus $32,188 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $17,878. About 12.7% of families and 12.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.0% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.