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Overview
Population:123,905
Pop. Change:28%
State: California
Metro Area: Visalia-Porterville Metro Area
County: Tulare County
City:Visalia
Zip Code:93291, 93277, ... 3 total
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Visalia's Real Estate Market
 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
 • Median Condominiums


Visalia-Porterville Metro Area

Profile: Small agricultural towns

Location: Central California, southeastern portion of the Central Valley at the foot of the Sierra Nevada

Elevation: 327

Time zone: Pacific Standard Time

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Nearby national parks Economy
Winter climate Arts and culture
Small town atmosphere Isolation

This San Joaquin Valley agricultural area is one of the largest producers of oranges and citrus fruits in the world. The flat landscape rises dramatically from flat orchard land to Sequoia National Park, just 50 miles to the east. The downtown areas of both Visalia and Porterville are fairly neat and functional but lack interest.

Once California’s “bargain” metro area, the Cost of Living Index and median home prices have begun to rise. Activities include outdoor recreation and some water sports. There is little in the way of entertainment or intellectual stimulation nearby. The increasing cost profile, lack of economic diversity, weak economic growth, and low educational attainment have driven the ranking down, but there is opportunity for improvement under the right set of circumstances. Fresno is 40 miles northwest, but bigger cities are all more than 100 miles distant.

Just to the east, the Sierra Nevada rise dramatically, first as oak-studded foothills and then as a high ridge of granite, with peaks over 14,000 feet. Winter snow cover on these peaks creates a dramatic landscape. The climate is generally pleasant except for summer hot spells. Summers are hot and dry and winters are mild and relatively wet with 90% of annual precipitation. Summer evenings may be cooled by mountain breezes. Dense ground fogs are common, freezes are not.

Interesting Facts about Visalia, California

As of 2014, Visalia's population is 123,905 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 28.26 percent.

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The median home cost in Visalia is $165,200. Home appreciation the last year has been 13.90 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Visalia's cost of living is 5.90% Higher than the U.S. average.

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Visalia public schools spend $11,153 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 23 students per teacher in Visalia.

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The unemployment rate in Visalia is 8.30 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Visalia jobs have Decreased by 2.84 percent.


Ranked #71 America's Best and Worst Cities for Crime (Mid-Size Metro Areas)
Ranked #91 America's Migraine Hot Spots
Ranked #211 2005 Best Places to Live
Ranked #281 Best Green Cities
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Map Of Visalia

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Average Commute time is 20 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Visalia's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes