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Overview

Introduction to Visalia, California

The City of Visalia is part of Tulare County, California, located in the San Joaquin Valley, approximately 220 miles south of San Francisco and 185 miles north of Los Angeles. It is also the oldest town between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Visalia was founded in 1852 and incorporated in 1874. A city charter was enacted in 1923 and later amended in 1974. Visalia was named after the ancestral home (Visalia, Kentucky) of one of its earliest settlers, Nathaniel Vise. At one time a creekside settlement, Visalia has evolved into a thriving community which is able to maintain a small town feel with large city amenities. Historically, Visalia has based its economy mostly upon agriculture and related industries. In recent years, however, the city has diversified its economic base to include many other types of industrial enterprises.

Located to the northeast of Visalia is Sequoia National Park, housing groves of Giant Sequoia trees including the most massive on earth, the "General Sherman." Nearby cities include Fresno (approximately 44 miles to the northwest) and Bakersfield (approximately 75 miles to the south).

Things to do in Visalia

Visalia houses 23 parks encompassing over 220 acres of land. The city is also home to a number of cultural and recreational sites, including the following:

  • The Central California Chinese Cultural Center: Documenting the history of 19th century Chinese immigrants.
  • Mooney Grove Park: One of the largest valley oak woodlands in California.
  • Tulare County Mooney Grove Museum: Largest museum in the county, located at Mooney Grove Park.
  • Tule River Historical Society Museum.
  • Lake Kaweah Marina: Boating and fishing are available at nearby Kaweah Lake.
  • Horse Creek Campground.
  • KOA Campground of Visalia.
  • Lemoncove Campground.
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.
  • Sierra Lakes Campground.
  • Plaza Park.

Visalia is home to the Visalia Oaks, a Minor League baseball team which is the single-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Professional sports teams located in nearby cities are as follows:

  • Minor League Baseball (MiLB):
    • Fresno Grizzlies (Pacific Coast League): AAA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
    • Bakersfield Blaze (California League): Single-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers.
  • East Coast Hockey League (ECHL):
    • Fresno Falcons.
    • Bakersfield Condors.

Nearby Fresno is also home to the Cal State/Fresno Bulldogs (National Collegiate Athletic Association)

People

Total Population 127,842
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 11.4%
Employed Population 16+ 50,603
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 47.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.9%
Median Earnings25+ $33,679
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,154
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,875

Wealth

Median Family Income $55,788
% Above Poverty Level 78.7%
% Below Poverty Level 21.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 21.3%
Median Gross Rent $950
Median House Value $174,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 63.1%
US/American 0.2%
English 4.7%
Irish 5.8%

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

Visalia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 39 miles SE of Fresno, California
County Tulare
Metro Area Visalia - Tulare - Porterville
Standard Zip Codes 93277, 93291, 93292
P.O. Box Zip Codes 93278, 93279, 93290
Phone Area Codes 559
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.33
Longitude -119.291

Visalia 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 VISALIA
Distance 0.5 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 54 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 65 to 94 F
Oct Temp 52 to 78 F
Annual Precip 11 inches
Station LEMON COVE
Distance 14.8 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 57 F
Apr Temp 47 to 77 F
Jul Temp 63 to 99 F
Oct Temp 51 to 82 F
Annual Precip 14.5 inches
Station LINDSAY
Distance 16.2 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 58 F
Apr Temp 45 to 77 F
Jul Temp 61 to 98 F
Oct Temp 47 to 81 F
Annual Precip 12.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dinuba 23,243 $36,707
Exeter 10,481 $47,074
Farmersville 10,704 $36,081
Lindsay 12,980 $31,858
Tulare 61,204 $50,966
Woodlake 7,525 $35,769

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

Visalia Public Libraries

Library
Tulare County Free Library
200 W. OAK AVE.
Visalia, California
(559) 733-6954
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Visalia Hospitals

KAWEAH DELTA DISTRICT HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
400 W MINERAL KING AVE
(559) 624-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Visalia High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

GOLDEN WEST HIGH
1717 N. MCAULIFF ROAD
559-730-7801
Serves 2,227 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.2

REDWOOD HIGH
1001 W. MAIN ST.
559-730-7727
Serves 2,048 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26

MT. WHITNEY HIGH
900 S. CONYER ST.
559-730-7602
Serves 1,779 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.8

EL DIAMANTE HIGH SCHOOL
5100 W. WHITENDALE AVE.
559-735-3501
Serves 1,011 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.5

SPECIAL EDUCATION
2637 W. BURREL AVE.
559-733-6317
A Special Education School
Serves 743 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8

SEQUOIA HIGH (CONT.)
901 N. MOONEY BLVD.
559-730-7649
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 414 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.8

LA SIERRA HIGH
1735 E. HOUSTON AVE.
559-773-6963
A Charter School.
Serves 341 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 29.1

TULARE COUNTY COMMUNITY
2637 WEST BURREO
559-730-2531
A Non-traditional School
Serves 272 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

JUVENILE COURT SCHOOLS
2637 W. BURRELL AVE.
559-730-2531
A Non-traditional School
Serves 190 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.1

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER
31191 RD. 180
559-592-9160
A Charter School.
Serves 110 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.9

CHARTER ALTERNATIVES ACADEMY
6832 AVE. 280
559-730-7489
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 86 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

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1800 N. LOVERS LANE
559-730-7761
A Special Education School
Serves 24 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.2

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