A+ Visalia Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D- Visalia Cost of Living Cost of living is 20% lower than California
11212% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Visalia cost of living
D+ Visalia Crime Total crime is 17% higher than California
Total crime
3,29928% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3128% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-7%Year over year crime is down
Visalia crime
D Visalia Employment Household income is 18% lower than California
Median household income
$52,0996% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,06823% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%4% higher than the US average
Visalia employment
C Visalia Housing Home value is 53% lower than California
Median home value
$190,5003% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9391% lower than the US average
Home ownership
59%7% lower than the US average
Visalia real estate or Visalia rentals
F Visalia Schools HS graduation rate is 2% lower than California
High school grad. rates
78%6% lower than the US average
School test scores
33%34% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:135% higher than the US average
Visalia K-12 schools or Visalia colleges

Living in Visalia, CA

Located in the state of California, Visalia is a medium-sized city with a population of 128,738 people. With a population density of 3,436 people per square mile, Visalia is well above the nation's average density level. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (79% White). Given that fact, Visalia could be considered less diverse than other cities. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Visalia are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 27% of the population also speak Spanish. Visalia tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 32 is far below the national average.

Are you trying to ascertain if living in Visalia is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a fulfilling experience before moving to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Finding the best places to live in Visalia and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, cost of living, weather, education, employment and other important metrics.

Visalia, CA receives 69/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #419 in California and #11,903 in the USA. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Visalia has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+) and weather (B). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Visalia. The following was graded with a concerning score: cost of living (D-), education (F) and employment (D).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Visalia has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Visalia: Fox Theatre, Sensia Salon and Day Spa, and Visalia Convention Center.

Assuming that Visalia meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Visalia. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Visalia are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Visalia come in at $190,500, which is 53.5% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Visalia, the home price to income ratio is 3.7, which is 42.2% lower than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Visalia area were 8% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.3%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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      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).