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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)

Demographics

People

Total Population128,738
Male Share of the Population48.5%
Female Share of the Population51.5%
Senior Citizens11.4%
Employed Population 16+50,522
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married47.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23.5%
Median Earnings25+$34,821
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,147
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,519

Wealth

Median Family Income$56,310
% Above Poverty Level77.9%
% Below Poverty Level22.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.2%
% Using Public Transportation1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone21.5%
Median Gross Rent$939
Median House Value$190,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)64.5%
German7.4%
Irish5.9%
English4.8%
Italian2.5%
Portuguese2.5%
Dutch2.3%
Scottish1.1%
French Except Basque1.1%
Norwegian0.7%
Polish0.7%
Arab0.7%
Swedish0.6%
Welsh0.4%
Egyptian0.4%
Russian0.3%
West Indian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Greek0.2%
Maltese0.2%
US/American0.2%
Czech0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
African0.1%
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Visalia Almanac

CategoryValue
County Tulare County
Standard Zip Codes93277, 93291, 93292
P.O. Box Zip Codes93278, 93279, 93290
Phone Area Codes559
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude36.29
Approximate Longitude-119.38

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)

StationVISALIA
Distance0.5 miles
Jan Temp37 to 54 F
Apr Temp48 to 74 F
Jul Temp65 to 94 F
Oct Temp52 to 78 F
Annual Precip11 inches
StationLEMON COVE
Distance14.8 miles
Jan Temp37 to 57 F
Apr Temp47 to 77 F
Jul Temp63 to 99 F
Oct Temp51 to 82 F
Annual Precip14.5 inches
StationLINDSAY
Distance16.2 miles
Jan Temp36 to 58 F
Apr Temp45 to 77 F
Jul Temp61 to 98 F
Oct Temp47 to 81 F
Annual Precip12.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dinuba23,465$38,231
Exeter10,504$48,470
Farmersville10,699$35,633
Lindsay13,052$33,980
Tulare61,664$50,923
Woodlake7,567$37,676

Visalia Public Libraries

Tulare County Free Library
200 W. OAK AVE.
Visalia, California
(559) 713-2700

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Visalia Hospitals

Kaweah Delta Rehabilitation Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
840 South Akers
Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital D/p Aph
(Government - District/authority)
1100 So. Akers Street
Kaweah Delta Medical Center
(Government - District/authority)
400 West Mineral King
Kaweah Delta Skilled Nursing Facility
(Government - District/authority)
1633 South Court Street

Visalia Public Schools

Central California Connections Academy
4020 S. Demaree St., Ste. B
ZIP: 93277
Other
Total Enrollment 312
Conyer Elementary
814 S. Sowell
ZIP: 93277
Primary
Total Enrollment 434
Cottonwood Creek Elementary
4222 S. Dans St.
ZIP: 93277
Primary
Total Enrollment 689
Crestwood Elementary
3001 W. Whitendale Ave.
ZIP: 93277
Primary
Total Enrollment 633
Divisadero Middle
1200 S. Divisadero
ZIP: 93277
Middle
Total Enrollment 926
El Diamante High
5100 W. Whitendale Ave.
ZIP: 93277
High
Total Enrollment 1927
La Joya Middle
4711 W. La Vida
ZIP: 93277
Middle
Total Enrollment 1065
Linwood Elementary
3129 S. Linwood Ave.
ZIP: 93277
Primary
Total Enrollment 672
Mountain View Elementary
2021 S. Encina
ZIP: 93277
Primary
Total Enrollment 608
Mt. Whitney High
900 S. Conyer St.
ZIP: 93277
High
Total Enrollment 1577
Royal Oaks Elementary
1323 Clover Dr.
ZIP: 93277
Primary
Total Enrollment 540
Sycamore Valley Academy
4230 W. Tulare Ave.
ZIP: 93277
Primary
Total Enrollment 297
University Preparatory High
915 S. Mooney Blvd., Mariposa Bldg.
ZIP: 93277
High
Total Enrollment 240
Valley Life Charter
3737 W. Walnut Ave.
ZIP: 93277
Other
Total Enrollment 601
Veva Blunt Elementary
1119 S. Chinowth Rd.
ZIP: 93277
Primary
Total Enrollment 604
Visalia Technical Early College
2245 S. Linwood
ZIP: 93277
High
Total Enrollment 195
Washington Elementary
500 S. Garden
ZIP: 93277
Primary
Total Enrollment 315
Crescent Valley Public Charter
309 W. Main St., Ste. 110
ZIP: 93291
Other
Total Enrollment 551
Crowley Elementary
214 E. Ferguson St.
ZIP: 93291
Primary
Total Enrollment 620
Fairview Elementary
1051 Robin Dr.
ZIP: 93291
Primary
Total Enrollment 564
Four Creeks Elementary
1844 N. Burke St.
ZIP: 93291
Primary
Total Enrollment 669
Goshen Elementary
6505 Ave. 308
ZIP: 93291
Primary
Total Enrollment 701
Green Acres Middle
1147 N. Mooney Blvd.
ZIP: 93291
Middle
Total Enrollment 1047
Highland Elementary
701 N. Stevenson St.
ZIP: 93291
Primary
Total Enrollment 578
Houston Elementary
1200 N. Giddings St.
ZIP: 93291
Primary
Total Enrollment 548
Hurley Elementary
6600 W. Hurley Ave.
ZIP: 93291
Primary
Total Enrollment 627
Manuel F. Hernandez
2133 N. Leila St.
ZIP: 93291
Primary
Total Enrollment 798
Oak Grove Elementary
4445 W. Ferguson Ave.
ZIP: 93291
Primary
Total Enrollment 794
Redwood High
1001 W. Main St.
ZIP: 93291
High
Total Enrollment 2152
Sequoia High
901 N. Mooney Blvd.
ZIP: 93291
High
Total Enrollment 283
Shannon Ranch Elementary
3637 N. Ranch St.
ZIP: 93291
Primary
Total Enrollment 774
Special Education
2637 W. Burrel Ave.
ZIP: 93291
Other
Total Enrollment 974
Tulare County Community
2637 W. Burrel Ave.
ZIP: 93291
High
Total Enrollment 96
Tulare County Court
2637 W. Burrel Ave.
ZIP: 93291
High
Total Enrollment 138
Visalia Charter Independent Study
1821 W. Meadow Ln.
ZIP: 93291
High
Total Enrollment 555
Willow Glen Elementary
310 N. Akers Rd.
ZIP: 93291
Primary
Total Enrollment 658
Annie R. Mitchell
2121 E. Laura Ave.
ZIP: 93292
Primary
Total Enrollment 730
Charter Alternatives Academy
28050 Rd. 148
ZIP: 93292
High
Total Enrollment 75
Charter Home School Academy
31411 Rd. 160
ZIP: 93292
Primary
Total Enrollment 89
Elbow Creek Elementary
32747 Rd. 138
ZIP: 93292
Primary
Total Enrollment 493
Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center
31191 Rd. 180
ZIP: 93292
Other
Total Enrollment 286
Golden Oak Elementary
1700 N. Lovers Ln.
ZIP: 93292
Primary
Total Enrollment 558
Golden West High
1717 N. Mcauliff Rd.
ZIP: 93292
High
Total Enrollment 1640
La Sierra High
1735 E. Houston Ave.
ZIP: 93292
High
Total Enrollment 243
Mineral King Elementary
3333 E. Kaweah Ave.
ZIP: 93292
Primary
Total Enrollment 689
Outside Creek Elementary
26452 Rd. 164
ZIP: 93292
Primary
Total Enrollment 99
Pinkham Elementary
2200 E. Tulare Ave.
ZIP: 93292
Primary
Total Enrollment 489
River Bend
1800 N. Lovers Ln.
ZIP: 93292
Other
Total Enrollment 102
Stone Corral Elementary
15590 Ave. 383
ZIP: 93292
Primary
Total Enrollment 151
Valley Oak Middle
2000 N. Lovers Ln.
ZIP: 93292
Middle
Total Enrollment 949

Visalia Private Schools

Central Valley Christian School
5600 W Tulare Ave
ZIP: 93277
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 915
Grace Christian School
1111 S Conyer St
ZIP: 93277
Elementary
Total Enrollment 125
Greenhouse Montessori School
4143 S Dans St
ZIP: 93277
Elementary
Total Enrollment 29
George Mccann Memorial Catholic School
200 E Race Ave
ZIP: 93291
Elementary
Total Enrollment 240
St Pauls School
6101 W Goshen Ave
ZIP: 93291
Elementary
Total Enrollment 344
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