Tulare is situated in the Central San Joaquin Valley along Highway 99, 45 miles south of Fresno and 60 miles north of Bakersfield. Our mid-state location benefits residents seeking recreational opportunities in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains to the east and the spectacular California coastline to the west.
The town of Tulare was founded in 1872 by the Southern Pacific Railroad to serve as its San Joaquin Valley headquarters. Transportation was the driving force behind Tulare’s establishment. But in 1891 the railroad relocated its Valley headquarters to Bakersfield and residents turned to agriculture for their livelihood.
Agriculture remains the lifeblood of the local economy and Tulare sits in the heart of some of the most productive farmland in the world. Tulare County is the No. 1 milk producing County in the nation and it is the second most productive agricultural county in the nation.
Tulare enjoys pleasant weather year round, with the months of April through October mostly sunny. Average rainfall is about 10 inches a year with daytime highs ranging from the mid-40s to mid-60s in the winter and mid-70s to upper-90s in the summer.
Tulare residents pride themselves on their commitment to education and the high quality of public and private schools.
The Tulare Joint Union High School District serves more than 4,500 students in grades 9-12 and more than 2,000 in the Tulare Adult School. The district has two comprehensive campuses, with a third high school to be built soon. Both high schools placed in the top 5 percent of similar schools statewide.
The Tulare City School District serves more than 8,000 students from kindergarten through eighth grade at nine elementary and four middle schools, with a tenth elementary school under construction. State test scores are among the highest in Tulare County and several schools are at the top of the list in statewide rankings of comparable schools.
Tulare also is home to two well-respected private elementary schools, St. Aloysius Parochial School and Tulare Christian School.
A two-year community college, College of the Sequoias, is located 10 miles north of Tulare, with plans to construct a second campus in Tulare, and two four-year California State Universities are located within one hour’s drive from Tulare providing bachelor and master level degrees.
Tulare is a great place to live and raise a family. A variety
of well-built, new and older homes are available in varied price ranges.
Several traditional and historic neighborhoods and a variety of new family
based developments are available with many new subdivisions currently
Tulare is also home to the International Agri-Center, site of the World Ag Expo, the world’s largest farm equipment and technology show. Every February the three-day show attracts more than 1,500 exhibitors and more than 100,000 attendees.
Tulare is also the hometown of Olympic Champions the late Bob Mathias and the late Sim Iness, and former Joint Chiefs of Staff member and Navy Admiral, the late Elmo “Bud” Zumwalt.
Tulare offers a wealth of cultural opportunities from a population with ties to places around the world. From annual festivals to permanent community attractions, there is something for everyone.
For more information browse these web sites:
www.ci.tulare.ca.us City of Tulare website
www.tularechamber.org Tulare Chamber of Commerce website
www.tulare.k12.ca.us Tulare Joint High School District website
http://www.tcsd.k12.ca.us Tulare City School District
www.cos.cc.ca.us College of Sequoias
http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sequoia Sequoia National Forest
http://www.nps.gov/seki Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
http://www.nps.gov/yose Yosemite National Park
www.centralcoast-tourism.com Central Coast
http://www.farmshow.org International Agri-Center
http://www.co.tulare.ca.us Tulare County
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