Visalia, California

Visalia: The fifth most populous city in Tulare County, California. It is located in the San Joaquin Valley region of California. Visalia is known for its many citrus groves, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the Visalia Fox Theatre and the Visalia Museum of Art.


Visalia is a city located in the county of Tulare in the U.S. state of California. Its population at the 2010 census was 124,442. After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 135,007 inhabitants.

The city was created 149 years ago in 1873.

Visalia was founded in 1852 and incorporated in 1874. It emerged as a hub for gold miners headed to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

As mining declined, Visalia became the county seat of Tulare County and a thriving agricultural community. Cattle ranching and citrus orchards were major industries that fueled growth through the early 20th century.

New residents and businesses moved to Visalia after WWII, diversifying its economy. Rapid population expansion came in the 1970s and 80s as people sought affordable Central Valley housing.

Key Facts About Modern Visalia

Here are some key details about Visalia today:

  • Population: Around 140,000 residents, making it the 5th largest city in the Central Valley.
  • Economy: Agriculture and food production remain large industries. Major employers include Tulare County government, Kaweah Delta Medical Center, and College of the Sequoias.
  • Neighborhoods: Areas range from historic Downtown to new planned developments like The Lakes and Ivanhoe. Housing stock includes Victorian homes, mid-century ranches and modern houses.
  • Parks and Rec: Visalia has 90 public parks with jogging trails, golf courses, skate parks, and sports fields. Popular spots are Riverway Sports Park and Mill Creek.
  • Attractions: Visalia is home to the Tulare County Museum, Rawhide Baseball Stadium, and Sequoia Riverlands Trust wildlife preserve.

Visalia retains its small-town Central Valley roots even as it continues to grow. The community cherishes its heritage while enhancing quality of life and amenities.

Visalia locator map
Location of Visalia on California map.

Quick Facts about Visalia

Population : 135,007 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : California (United States)
County : Tulare County
Postal code : 93277
Phone Area Codes : 559
Water as percent of area : 0.05%
Land as percent of area : 99.95%
Altitude : 331 feet / 101 meters
Capital city : Visalia is capital of Tulare County
Establishment : January 01, 1874 (149 years ago)
Time Zone : Pacific Time Zone
Local time : 21:54:37 (4th December 2023)
Population growth : 7.83% (2010-2020)
Weather : 42℉ Patchy Fog 7-days weather
Visalia Acequia Ave. image
Visalia Acequia Ave.
Visalia Acequia Ave. image


Visalia is located at 36°19'49"N 119°17'31"W (36.3302300, -119.2920600).

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Visalia forecast: Patchy fog after 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. North northeast wind 0 to 5 mph. more

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The population of Visalia increased by 7.83% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 124,442 - census
2011 125,649 0.96% estimation process
2012 126,420 0.61% estimation process
2013 127,309 0.7% estimation process
2014 128,482 0.91% estimation process
2015 129,369 0.69% estimation process
2016 130,662 0.99% estimation process
2017 132,388 1.3% estimation process
2018 133,428 0.78% estimation process
2019 134,605 0.87% estimation process
2020 135,007 0.3% estimation process

Visalia zip code is 93277. County name: Tulare, County fips: 06107

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People born in Visalia (56)

People born in Visalia, including physicist Robert B. Laughlin, attorney and politician Robert List, National Hero of Armenia Monte Melkonian, .


  • Anna Jean Ayres (American Occupational Therapist and Educational Psychologist) she was born in 01/01/1920
  • Tom Johnston (American musician, recording artist) he was born in 15/08/1948
  • Stephen H. Burum (American cinematographer (b.1939)) he was born in 25/11/1939
  • Cal Dooley (American politician) he was born in 11/01/1954
  • Aaron Hill (baseball player) he was born in 21/03/1982
  • Tyler Zeller (American basketball player) he was born in 17/01/1990
  • Albert E. Carter (American politician (1881-1964)) he was born in 05/07/1881
  • John Bynum (American basketball player) he was born in 23/02/1978
  • Chris Schwinden (baseball player) he was born in 22/09/1986
  • DJ LeMahieu (American baseball player) he was born in 13/07/1988
  • Kazuo Otani (United States Army Medal of Honor recipient) he was born in 02/06/1918
  • Shane Costa (American baseball player) he was born in 12/12/1981
  • Stephen Vogt (American baseball player) he was born in 01/11/1984
  • Arizona Charlie (American showman (1859-1932)) he was born in 10/03/1859
  • Beau Mills (American baseball player) he was born in 15/08/1986
  • Bob Talbot (American baseball player) he was born in 06/06/1927
  • Bobby Downes (American film producer) he was born in 17/10/1967
  • Brian Sites (American actor) he was born in 21/06/1983

Schools in Visalia

College & universities near Visalia, CA

Code Name City ZIP
417062 Estes Institute of Cosmetology Arts and Science Visalia (CA) 93291
123217 College of the Sequoias Visalia (CA) 93277-2214
454573 Milan Institute of Cosmetology-Visalia Visalia (CA) 93277
112288 Milan Institute-Visalia Visalia (CA) 93277
122685 San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia Visalia (CA) 93291-9283

Stations (11)

Amtrak & bus stations near Visalia, CA

Code Name Address Type
VIS Visalia, California 425 E. Oak Street BUS
GSN Goshen Junction, California 30435 Road 68 BUS
HNF Hanford station 200 Santa Fe Avenue #A RAIL
COC Corcoran station 1099 Otis Ave. RAIL
LMC Lemoore, California 300 E Street BUS

Post offices near Visalia

Post Office Name City ZIP
Town Center Post Office Visalia (CA) 93291
Lovers Lan Post Office Visalia (CA) 93292
Visalia Post Office Visalia (CA) 93277
Millennium Post Office Visalia (CA) 93291
Farmersvill Post Office Farmersville (CA) 93223

Other cities in Tulare County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Tulare County , CA.

City Name Population Title
Tulare 66,797 The most populous city in Tulare County, California.
Porterville 58,949 The most populous city in Tulare County, California.
Dinuba 25,225 City in Tulare County, California, United States
Lindsay 12,908 City in Tulare County, California, United States
Farmersville 10,812 City in Collin County, Texas, United States
Exeter 10,423 City in Tulare County, California, United States
Orosi 8,770 Census-designated place in Tulare County, California
Earlimart 8,537 Census-designated place in Tulare County, California
Woodlake 7,654 City in Tulare County, California, United States
East Porterville 6,767 Census-designated place in Tulare County, California
Ivanhoe 4,495 Census-designated place in Tulare County, California
Terra Bella 3,310 Census designated place in California, USA
Pixley 3,310 Census designated place
Richgrove 2,882 Census-designated place in Tulare County, California

Distance to Other Cities

Visalia distances to largest California cities