Tulare County -- A Great Place to Live
Tulare County is located in the center of California, 200 miles south of San Francisco and 180 miles north of Los Angeles. It is nestled between the Sierra Nevada and Coastal mountain ranges, in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. Tulare County is home to over 400,000 people and recognized as one of the largest agricultural-producing counties in the world and number one in the state, as well as the nation, for total milk production. The city of Tulare annually hosts the World Ag Expo - the largest farm equipment show in the world.
Tulare County has been characterized over the past decade by well-planned economic growth. Population, employment and per capita personal income have all increased steadily. What attracts people to Tulare County? A great environment for new and growing business, quality development and local leadership dedicated to a well-balanced community make Tulare County a thriving alternative for families looking for small-town charm with big city advantages. Affordable homes, abundant cultural and recreational opportunities, good schools and a quality workforce are the fabric of the cities throughout our county.
Average annual temperatures of between 76.6 and 49.6 degrees characterize Tulare County's climate. Because of lower rainfall and warmer temperatures, Tulare County's climate is classified as Mediterranean. The rainy season is October through April, and although ice and snow are rare on the Valley floor, the snow pack often measures more than 200 inches in the Sierras.
Tulare County is the gateway to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks - one of the most dramatic landscapes in North America. At 14,494 feet in elevation, the summit of Mount Whitney, on Sequoia's eastern boundary, is the tallest peak in the continental United States. The majestic Giant Sequoia trees, reaching heights of 311 feet, as well as the beautiful panoramas of lakes, evergreens, meadows and wildlife throughout the Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, are just an hour's scenic drive from downtown Visalia.
Year-round opportunities for outdoor fun abound in and around Visalia, including water skiing, snow skiing, fishing, backpacking, boating, kayaking, white water rafting, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and caving, all within an hour and a half of Visalia. Closer to home, residents enjoy symphony concerts, jazz weekends, farmers' markets, community arts and crafts festivals, agricultural and dairy tours, mall shopping, antiques, gifts and boutique shopping, softball, swimming, jogging, biking, tennis, bowling, billiards, and professional (minor league) baseball. Four live theaters, three concert theaters, a large selection of movie theaters (including a drive-in), and several art galleries featuring a style that is distinct to the Valley provide entertainment opportunities to suit every taste.
Housing and Retail
Homes in Tulare County are among the most affordable in the state, without compromising on size or amenities. New homebuyers can choose a wide variety of single-family production and custom homes constructed by local and national builders.
Visalia is the retail center for Tulare County with 25% of Tulare County's population and over 42% of its retail sales. Tulare County is home to many large national department and building stores including: Lowe's, Home Depot, Target, Best Buy, Pier 1 Imports, Kohls, J.C. Penney, Sears, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Kmart, Costco and many more. The city of Tulare is home to one of the largest outlet centers in the region.
Visalia is the medical center of Tulare County with two hospitals and a variety of physicians and health care specialists far beyond what would be expected for a community of this size. Visalia has over 300 physicians and nearly 100 dentists. Kaweah Delta Hospital, the county's largest, offers a wide array of services, including: cardiac services, cancer care, sleep disorders and vascular labs, specialized orthopedics, comprehensive rehabilitation, and mental health services.
Higher Education Opportunities
Education opportunities abound in Tulare County and in the surrounding San Joaquin Valley. Tulare County has two community colleges, three four-year universities nearby, and many other institutions of higher learning that offer classes throughout the county. Tulare County recognizes that education is the cornerstone to the success and future of the community.
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Tulare County - A Great Place to Live
Jim Vidak, County Superintendent of Schools
Tulare County Office of Education
All mail to: P.O. Box 5091, Visalia, CA 93278-5091
Physical address: 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA
phone: (559) 733-6300 • fax: (559) 737-4378
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