Key findings

  • Visalia has a Livability Score of 69/100, which is considered average
  • Visalia crime rates are 4% higher than the California average
  • Cost of living in Visalia is 23% lower than the California average
  • Visalia real estate prices are 53% lower than the California average
  • Rental prices in Visalia are 28% lower than the California average

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      Visalia, CA

      Visalia is a quiet city located in Tulare County, California. It is mostly an agricultural town that enjoys moderate weather. The summers tend to be long, starting in April and lasting through to October. The hottest months in the year are June, July, and August. Generally, the city is not prone to precipitation, and it only rains a few days a year.

      Although it has a small-town feel to it, Visalia also boasts of many big-city amenities. There are several colleges and universities located in the city, including Chapman University, Brandman University, Milan Institute, and the San Joaquin Valley College. The public schools in the area are also quite good and rank higher than the national average.

      The cost of living in Visalia is higher than the national average. It is, however, modest by California standards. Homes in the area are reasonably priced, although rent rates fall on the upper side of the country’s average. You will find most homes in the suburbs, which makes the city one of the most family-friendly places to live in.

      Being an agricultural town, employment opportunities in Visalia are many and varied. The city is famous for producing grapes, olives, citrus fruits, and cotton. Livestock farming is also a trademark of the town. Other than agriculture, Visalia is also a significant lighting production and distribution hub. Therefore, even though the employment levels in the city are slightly higher than the national average, the chances of getting a job are not that low here.

      Since it does not rain much in this area, fog and smog are a common nuisance for residents of Visalia. The city is, therefore, very environment- conscious and goes to great lengths to preserve the environment. For instance, the city has an environment-friendly transport system, and low emission vehicles are encouraged in this area. Additionally, Visalia promotes ride-sharing to slow the emission of harmful gases to the environment. The city also encourages residents to recycle their waste and provides them with partitioned bins to make this possible.

      In terms of recreation, there are a lot of facilities in the town. One outstanding facility is the ImagineU Interactive Children’s Museum, where kids pretend to be different professionals, such as doctors and paleontologists, for the day. There is also a Chinese Cultural Center where visitors learn and celebrate Chinese culture. Additionally, there are numerous noteworthy restaurants in the city’s downtown area where delicious food made with the freshest ingredients is served. The natural attractions in the area are also diverse, the most notable being the Mist Falls in the King’s Canyon National Park.

      Visalia is a great place to live in for people of all ages. It offers excellent amenities, numerous employment opportunities, and beautiful scenery. If you are all for preserving the environment, then you will also love living here as it is one of the most environment-conscious cities.

      Top Rated Schools in Visalia

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Crescent Valley Public Charter IiKG - 12384n/a
      St Pauls SchoolPK - 8292n/a
      Riverway Elementary SchoolKG - 6598n/a
      Special EducationKG - 121,040n/a
      Crestwood Elementary SchoolKG - 6654n/a
      Outside Creek Elementary SchoolKG - 889n/a
      University Preparatory High9 - 12240n/a
      Green Acres Middle7 - 8758n/a
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      Visalia Reviews

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      In love with Visalia
      So Visalia's NE, NW, SW, and Downtown are nice areas. The worst part of town is north of Houston between Dinuba BLVD and Ben Maddox. Here you will see lots of uncared for homes, however there are some nice streets in there. Throughout the rest of town you have your good and your bad, but nothing terrible. I came here for a job three years ago and live next to St. Mary's Church in downtown. I enjoy the area as an upper middle class Caucasian person. There is no traffic, and everything is literally within ten minutes. My day seems so much longer after having moved here. We have all the big box stores and hospitals as well, it is the hub of the valley despite it's smaller population. People drive rudely but it's California. It is not over policed and they do a good job of responding to real crime. I would highly recommend living here.The diversity throughout town is mostly white and latino, with both spread throughout and some Filipino people. The people are an absolute charm, I can talk to random people everywhere, and they've got that California vibe with Southern Hospitality. There are some tweekers and homeless throughout town, but it's nothing you don't see anywhere else in California. The city's cleanliness is below average for this but only where the homeless hide out at, but downtown is pristine and overall I'd say they do a marvelous job with city services. There are beautiful parks and recreation things to do in town and close by attractions. Downtown has 100+ bars and restaurants in a square mile and it has a real downtown feel.
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      Visalia, CA - A Fun City Without The Crowds
      A small city west of the Sequoia National Forest, Visalia is far enough away from the Los Angeles metro area to be considered a pretty quiet location. With a highly productive agriculture business, this area is a good place for relocation for those who work in agriculture. The weather does get very hot during the summer, but the winters are mild and short. With less than 100,000 residents, this California city is large enough to have plenty of dining, shopping, nightlife and a few attractions, but still small enough that traffic is never a problem and neighborhoods are clean and safe.

      Visitors to will also enjoy making Visalia a stop during their vacation. I spent two days there, as a stop on a long road trip. Nearby is the Sequoia National Forest, a great place to drive through, take pictures or take a walk. For families traveling through Visalia, there is a family fun center called Adventure Park which is a great place to unwind, offering plenty of exciting activities and food for everyone. The Vintage Press in Visalia is an excellent place to eat. Food taste and presentation are impressive with a wide variety of menu choices.
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      Source: The Visalia, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).