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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population54,912
Male Share of the Population49.6%
Female Share of the Population50.4%
Senior Citizens11.7%
Employed Population 16+21,589
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married47.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.2%
Median Earnings25+$35,714
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,070
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,244

Wealth

Median Family Income$58,490
% Above Poverty Level80.3%
% Below Poverty Level19.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone22.2%
Median Gross Rent$934
Median House Value$174,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)64.4%
German6%
Portuguese5.9%
Irish5%
English4%
Italian1.7%
Swedish1.2%
Dutch1.2%
French Except Basque1.1%
Scottish1%
Norwegian0.7%
African0.6%
Welsh0.4%
Polish0.4%
Russian0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Ugandan0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Basque0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Arab0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Greek0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
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Hanford Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kings County
Standard Zip Codes93230
P.O. Box Zip Codes93232
Phone Area Codes559
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude36.27
Approximate Longitude-119.63

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)

StationHANFORD 1 S
Distance1 miles
Jan Temp36 to 54 F
Apr Temp47 to 74 F
Jul Temp63 to 96 F
Oct Temp49 to 80 F
Annual Precip8.5 inches
StationCORCORAN IRRIG DIST
Distance16.1 miles
Jan Temp38 to 54 F
Apr Temp47 to 76 F
Jul Temp63 to 98 F
Oct Temp51 to 81 F
Annual Precip7.6 inches
StationLEMOORE REEVES NAS
Distance17 miles
Jan Temp36 to 56 F
Apr Temp45 to 77 F
Jul Temp60 to 98 F
Oct Temp48 to 82 F
Annual Precip7.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Corcoran22,917$35,016
Kingsburg11,716$77,938
Lemoore25,169$53,522
Parlier14,953$29,707
Selma24,228$45,303
Tulare61,664$50,923

Hanford Public Libraries

Kings County Library
401 N. DOUTY ST.
Hanford, California
(559) 852-4005

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Hanford Hospitals

Central Valley General Hospital
(Proprietary)
1025 North Douty Street
Adventist Medical Center
(Non-profit)
115 Mall Drive

Hanford Public Schools

Crossroads Charter
418 W. 8th St.
ZIP: 93230
Other
Total Enrollment 140
Earl F. Johnson High (continuation)
1201 N. Douty
ZIP: 93230
High
Total Enrollment 147
Frontier Elementary
1854 N. Mustang Dr.
ZIP: 93230
Primary
Total Enrollment 443
Hamilton Elementary
1269 Leland Way
ZIP: 93230
Primary
Total Enrollment 556
Hanford Community Day
120 E. Grangeville Blvd.
ZIP: 93230
High
Total Enrollment 10
Hanford Elementary Community Day
601 W. Florinda St.
ZIP: 93230
Primary
Total Enrollment 16
Hanford High
120 E. Grangeville Blvd.
ZIP: 93230
High
Total Enrollment 1490
Hanford Night (continuation)
1201 N. Douty
ZIP: 93230
High
Total Enrollment 43
Hanford West High
1150 W. Lacey Blvd.
ZIP: 93230
High
Total Enrollment 1379
J. C. Montgomery
1450 Forum Dr.
ZIP: 93230
Other
Total Enrollment 42
Jefferson Charter Academy
511 W. Malone St.
ZIP: 93230
Primary
Total Enrollment 343
Joseph M. Simas
1875 Fitzgerald
ZIP: 93230
Primary
Total Enrollment 511
Kings County Community
146 Highland St.
ZIP: 93230
High
Total Enrollment 89
Kings County Rop
1144 W. Lacey Blvd.
ZIP: 93230
High
Kings County Selpa Preschool
11835 11th Ave.
ZIP: 93230
Kings County Special Education
959 Katie Hammond Ln.
ZIP: 93230
Other
Total Enrollment 267
Kings River-hardwick Elementary
10300 Excelsior Ave.
ZIP: 93230
Primary
Total Enrollment 778
Kit Carson Elementary
9895 Seventh Ave.
ZIP: 93230
Primary
Total Enrollment 393
Lakeside Elementary
9100 Jersey Ave.
ZIP: 93230
Primary
Total Enrollment 318
Lee Richmond Elementary
939 Katie Hammond St.
ZIP: 93230
Primary
Total Enrollment 433
Lincoln Elementary
832 S. Harris St.
ZIP: 93230
Primary
Total Enrollment 485
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary
820 Hume Ave.
ZIP: 93230
Primary
Total Enrollment 604
Mid Valley Alternative Charter
9895 Seventh Ave.
ZIP: 93230
Primary
Total Enrollment 18
Monroe Elementary
300 Monroe Dr.
ZIP: 93230
Primary
Total Enrollment 694
Pioneer Elementary
8810 14th Ave.
ZIP: 93230
Primary
Total Enrollment 591
Pioneer Middle
101 W. Pioneer Way
ZIP: 93230
Middle
Total Enrollment 543
Roosevelt Elementary
870 Davis St.
ZIP: 93230
Primary
Total Enrollment 579
Sierra Pacific High
1259 N. 13th Ave.
ZIP: 93230
High
Total Enrollment 776
Woodrow Wilson Junior High
601 W. Florinda St.
ZIP: 93230
Middle
Total Enrollment 610
George Washington Elementary
2245 N. Fairmont
ZIP: 93232
Primary
Total Enrollment 559
John F. Kennedy Junior High
1000 E. Florinda St.
ZIP: 93232
Middle
Total Enrollment 544

Hanford Private Schools

Hanford Christian School
11948 Flint Ave
ZIP: 93230
Elementary
Total Enrollment 116
St Rose-thomas Mccarthy School
1000 N Harris St
ZIP: 93230
Elementary
Total Enrollment 141
Western Christian School
1594 W Grangeville Blvd
ZIP: 93230
Elementary
Total Enrollment 69
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