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Tulare County, California

Tulare County California
Administration
Full nameCounty of Tulare
Official nameCounty of Tulare
Other nameGarden of the Sun
Settlement typeCounty
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
RegionCentral California
Metro areaVisalia Metropolitan Area
Incorporated1852
Named forTulare Lake
Government
County seatVisalia
County Administrative OfficerJean Rousseau
Board of SupervisorsSupervisors
Allen Ishida
Peter Vander Poel
Phillip Cox
Steve Worthley
Mike Ennis
Geography
Total Area4839.09 sq mi (12533.2 km2)
Land Area4823.97 sq mi (12494.1 km2)
Water Area15.12 sq mi (39.2 km2)
Highest Elevation14505 ft (4421.1 m)
Demography
Total Population442179 (2010)
Other information
Time zonePacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
- Summer (DST)Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)
Area code559

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Tulare County is a county located in the Central Valley of the U.S. state of California, south of Fresno. Sequoia National Park is located in the county, as are part of Kings Canyon National Park, in its northeast corner (shared with Fresno County), and part of Mount Whitney, on its eastern border (shared with Inyo County). As of the 2010 census, the population was 442,179, up from 368,021 at the 2000 census. Its county seat is Visalia. The county is named for Tulare Lake, once the largest freshwater lake west of the Great Lakes and now drained. The site is now in Kings County, which was created in 1893 from the western portion of the formerly larger Tulare County.


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