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Visalia, California

Visalia California
Administration
Full nameVisalia
Official nameCity of Visalia
Settlement typeCity
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
CountyTulare
Settled1852
Incorporated1864
Government
TypeCouncil-Manager
City CouncilMayor Bob Link
Amy Shuklian
Mike Lane
E. Warren Gubler
Steven Nelsen
City ManagerSteve Salomon
Treasurer / Finance DirectorEric Frost
City ClerkDonjia Huffmon
Chief of PoliceColleen Mestas
Geography
Total Area36.266 sq mi (93.9 km2)
Land Area36.246 sq mi (93.9 km2)
Water Area0.02 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation331 ft (100.9 m)
Demography
Total Population124442 (1st in Tulare County
44th in California
201st in the United States) (2010)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
DemonymVisalian
Other information
Time zonePST (UTC-8)
- Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code93277-93279, 93290-93292
Area code559

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Visalia (c-eniconvaɪˈseɪljə ) is a Central California city situated in the heart of California’s agricultural San Joaquin Valley, approximately 230 mi (370.1 km) southeast of San Francisco and 190 mi (305.8 km) north of Los Angeles. The population was 124,442 at the 2010 census.

Visalia is the 44th largest city in the state of California and the 201 largest in the United States.

Often referred to as the Gateway to the Sequoias, Visalia has an estimated population of 125,921 and spans over 28.6 sqmi (74.1 km2) in Central California. Its inhabitants are known as "Visalians". In 2007, Visalia was named the 3rd fastest growing city in California and 19th fastest growing city in the U.S.

Settled in 1852, Visalia is the oldest permanent inland settlement between Stockton and Los Angeles. As the county seat and largest city of Tulare County, Visalia serves as the economic center to the region known as the Sequoia Valley, one of the most productive single agricultural areas in the United States. Visalia lies within miles of the tallest mountain range in the contiguous United States, the Sierra Nevada (U.S.) (see Mount Whitney, which is located in Tulare and Inyo counties), and is the closest major city to Sequoia National Park, home to some of the largest living things on Earth, the Giant Sequoia trees. It is known as "Where The Valley Meets The Giants."


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