The County of Tulare has a growing population of 425,000. The Eastern half of the County is comprised primarily of public lands within Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, Sequoia National Forest, the Sequoia National Monument and the Mineral King, Golden Trout, and Domelands Wilderness areas. Opportunities for all-season outdoor recreation include: hiking, water and snow skiing, fishing, white water rafting and boating. To view Tulare County tourism destinations and attractions, please visit www.TulareCountyeMap.com or www.tularecountytreasures.org.
Visalia, the County seat, is the gateway to Sequoia National Park and a variety of recreational activities. The city, with a population of 120,000 is within a four hour drive of either San Francisco or Los Angeles, and a 2-1/2 hour drive of California's central coastline. Its family-oriented lifestyle and affordable housing have proven attractive to people from all areas of the state and country.
The County of Tulare is centrally located within the heart of the Central Valley and is also home to the World Ag Expo. The geographic region is diverse and agriculturally rich. The extensively cultivated and very fertile valley floor in the Western half, has allowed Tulare County to become the second-leading producer of agricultural commodities in the United States. In addition to substantial packing / shipping operations, light and medium manufacturing plants are increasing in number. The County is becoming an important factor in the County's total economic picture.