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Overview

Introduction to Hanford, California

Hanford, California, in Kings county, is 19 miles W of Visalia, California (center to center) and 29 miles S of Fresno, California. The city is situated in the south central portion of the San Joaquin Valley and is regarded as a prominent commercial and cultural center for the region. The municipality features a flat landscape, hot summers and cool winters. It includes a large Hispanic population and a Chinese community. Services, government and farming are the primary employers. A large number of residents work at the nearby NAS Lemoore, a large U.S. Navy base and the nearby prisons.

Hanford History

The Tachi Yokut Indians were the original inhabitants. The area began to thrive due to the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1877. The city was named in tribute to a railroad executive named James Madison Hanford. The Mussel Slough Tragedy occurred in 1880 over a land title dispute between the area's settlers and the Southern Pacific Railroad. Seven men died during the confrontation. The city was incorporated in 1891.

Hanford Attractions

  • The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture showcases noteworthy exhibits of Japanese artwork.
  • Hanford Carnegie Museum features attractive Romanesque architecture.
  • Kings District Fair.
  • Renaissance of Kings Cultural Arts Faire attracts a large crowd.
  • The Superior Dairy is a popular 1920's style ice cream parlor.
  • Kings Art Center offers a wide variety of exhibits.
  • Moon Festival.
  • Hanford Fox Theatre features a variety of concerts.
  • The Kings County Courthouse is an impressive structure.
  • The Bastille.
  • Sentinel Criterium bicycle races.
  • China Alley.
  • The Tachi Palace offers video slot machines.

Hanford Transportation

Amtrak provides service to Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Hanford Higher Education

The city is home to a campus of Chapman University and a campus of the College of Sequoias.

People

Total Population 54,790
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 11.1%
Employed Population 16+ 21,132
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 48.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.8%
Median Earnings25+ $36,029
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,966
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,750

Wealth

Median Family Income $59,635
% Above Poverty Level 79.5%
% Below Poverty Level 20.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.1%
Median Gross Rent $937
Median House Value $174,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 63.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 3.7%
Irish 5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hanford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles W of Visalia, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 29 miles S of Fresno, California
County Kings
Standard Zip Codes 93230
P.O. Box Zip Codes 93232
Phone Area Codes 559
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.327
Longitude -119.644

Hanford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station HANFORD 1 S
Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 54 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 63 to 96 F
Oct Temp 49 to 80 F
Annual Precip 8.5 inches
Station CORCORAN IRRIG DIST
Distance 16.1 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 54 F
Apr Temp 47 to 76 F
Jul Temp 63 to 98 F
Oct Temp 51 to 81 F
Annual Precip 7.6 inches
Station LEMOORE REEVES NAS
Distance 17 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 56 F
Apr Temp 45 to 77 F
Jul Temp 60 to 98 F
Oct Temp 48 to 82 F
Annual Precip 7.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Corcoran 23,216 $32,888
Kingsburg 11,681 $71,412
Lemoore 24,974 $52,991
Parlier 14,870 $29,881
Selma 24,017 $45,414
Tulare 61,204 $50,966

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hanford Public Libraries

Library
Kings County Library
401 N. DOUTY ST.
Hanford, California
(559) 582-0261

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Hanford Hospitals

HANFORD COMMUNITY MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
450 GREENFIELD AVE
(559) 582-9000
Emergency Service: Yes

CENTRAL VALLEY GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1025 N DOUTY ST
(559) 583-2100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Hanford High Schools

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HANFORD HIGH
120 E. GRANGEVILLE ROAD
559-582-4401
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,749 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.9

HANFORD WEST HIGH
1150 W. LACEY BLVD.
559-583-0156
Serves 1,731 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.7

SPECIAL EDUCATION
1144 W. LACEY BLVD.
559-584-1441
A Special Education School
Serves 290 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.1

JOHNSON (EARL F.) HIGH (CONT.)
1201 N. DOUTY
559-582-4409
A Non-traditional School
Serves 184 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.3

KINGS COUNTY COMMUNITY
11835 S. 11TH AVE.
559-584-1441
A Non-traditional School
Serves 143 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 71.5

J. C. MONTGOMERY SCHOOL
1450 FORUM DR.
559-584-1441
A Non-traditional School
Serves 98 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.5

HANFORD HIGH NIGHT (CONT.)
1201 N. DOUTY
559-582-4409
A Non-traditional School
Serves 33 students.

HANFORD JT. UNION HIGH COMMUNITY DAY
120 E. GRANGEVILLE BLVD.
559-582-4401
A Non-traditional School
Serves 23 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23

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