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  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  12. Commute
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Visalia is a city in California with a population of 128,738. Visalia is in Tulare County. Living in Visalia offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Visalia there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Visalia and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Visalia are above average.
About Visalia...
Population
128,738

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$190,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$939
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%
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Visalia Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    216
    283
  • Murder
    6
    6
  • Rape
    81
    41
  • Robbery
    91
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    761
    500
  • Theft
    1,952
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    486
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$52,099
National
$55,322
Children
25%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    18%
    13%

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Living in Visalia, California has been a unique and fun experience for me! Visalia is in the heart of the Central Valley, which means one of our biggest industries here is agriculture. I am proud to know that my area helps feed 70% of the world's population! There are plenty of things to do in Visalia. Many families with young children like to host birthday parties at local entertainment venues such as Adventure Park, or Quantum Leap Extreme Air Sports! Popular restaurants include Outback Steakhouse, Five Guys, Fugazzis, the Vintage Press Restaurant, and Alejandra's Restaurant! Most importantly, educational opportunities are very good in Visalia. Visalia has many different K-8 schools, preschools, and high schools. High schools of Visalia include El Diamante High School, Redwood High School, Golden West High School, and Mt. Whitney High School!
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Although people often joke that there are more cows than people it is still home. Located in central California it allows for more opportunities to travel. It may be small, but the people are fun and family-oriented. You will see a lot of dairies and emphasis on agriculture in town; however, it is a great place to raise a family. It is definitely a smaller town, but it is so close to Sequoia National Park and it is only about a 3-hour drive to Disneyland. Actually, it's about a 3-hour drive to Disneyland, San Luis Obispo, and San Francisco! This town is growing and will continue to develop, but its roots lie in farming and family-oriented values. Do not be shy and come visit! Have some coffee at Tazzaria or even check out the amazing tacos at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant!
Growing up, I've always felt that this region was an ignored area of California: poverty, low job opportunities, low rate of college educated people in this city, poor air quality, and overall lack of economic growth this is not only agricultural. The San Joaquin Valley is the "bread basket" of the U.S. and we have a sense of pride in our agricultural economy. However, there needs to be growth in other industries in this city. The lack of job opportunities is the reason why relatives and friends of mine have moved to other states. There's has been recent developments of fast food chains-a growth in minimum wage jobs that are not livable. Visalia is also suffering from a "brain drain" of college educated individuals who don't return to Visalia to help make the city a better place to live and work and transform the San Joaquin Valley. Despite these negative aspects of life in Visalia, I've tried to see beauty in living here as a first generation college student and minority.