City of Visalia

Why Visalia?

Visalia is home to over 133,000 residents and is expected to have a trade area of over 733,000 consumers within a 30 mile radius by 2018. It serves as the County Seat for Tulare County and is home to the area’s largest hospital: Kaweah Delta Medical Center. Tulare County is the top agricultural producing county in the nation, with milk production worth more than $2.5 billion in 2014 alone. Visalia has a world class industrial park that houses companies such as JoAnn Stores, VF Corporation, Josten’s, VWR and California Dairies, just to name a few. According to a study done annually by the Milken Institute, recently Visalia jumped 69 spots on a national ranking of high-performing cities. The improvement ranked eighth overall and second among all California markets. The study measures which US metropolitan areas are promoting economic vitality based on job creation and retention and quality of new jobs. In addition, Visalia was just reported as one of Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index's Top 30 making it one of the nation's 'happiest' communities.

As the regional hub of the Tulare/Kings county region, Visalia enjoys an increasingly diversified economy. Agriculture and related food processing and distribution remain the heart of our industry, while light manufacturing and industrial/commercial distribution represent the fastest growing portion of our employer base. Visalia offers an abundance of community and leisure activities for families, professionals, and singles alike. Serving as the gateway to the Sequoia National Park-home of the giant Sequoia Redwood trees- there is plenty of year-round opportunities for outdoor recreation and enjoyment in the national parks, forests, foothills, lakes, and rivers. Visalia also has a fine selection of eateries, entertainment, and local talent that can be experienced many nights of the week. With the charm of its Downtown, its strong and diverse employment base, and its equally strong and diverse retail landscape there is no question as to why this historic city is nicknamed the “Jewel of the Valley.”

Shipping made easy -- Thanks to our location in the heart of California, and direct access to Highway 99, California’s major trucking corridor, Visalia is an ideal location for distribution, warehousing and light manufacturing in California. Unlike any other site in the state, Visalia’s location makes it possible to efficiently reach 99% of California – plus portions of Arizona, Oregon, and Nevada – overnight, reaching a population of more than 35,000,000 within just a 300-mile radius.