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Old 07-06-2010, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Utah
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Default Hanford, CA or surrounding area??

We just found out we will be moving to the Hanford area in the next couple of months. Just looking for some advice or information on the area. We have two young children, one will be starting Kindergarten and the other will be in Preschool. Would like to make sure we are in a safe area and be able to put our kids in a good school. Heard the water in Hanford is not good, is it like this in all the surrounding towns as well? Would love any helpful info you could pass on to us since we will be moving here from another state and don't know anything about the area. Will be looking to rent so if anyone knows of a good property management group or where we could look for online listings besides craigslist would appreciate it! Thanks in advance for any info you can pass our way!
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:51 AM
 
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I moved to Tulare about a year ago-which is about 20 miles from Hanford. However, in my travels (mostly exploratory), I'll give you some candid obs about that town.

From what I can tell, it appears to be a mid sized Central Valley town. Nothing terribly exciting, but nothing too bad either. Plenty of your typical modern suburban corporate shopping and dining: Wal-Mart, Target, fast food, Denny's, etc. Some traffic along the main streets (like Lacey Blvd), but in a way that's a sort of signs of life blessing. Full range of housing and apartment options. South of 198 is kind of seedy and best avoided. North of 198 looks to be much nicer, cleaner, and modern ordinary middle class. The town is a known train/railroad lovers paradise as the very busy BNSF line bisects through there with lots and lots of freight and Amtrak trains. So you can expect to get stuck behind trains on a regular basis.

Once outside the city itself, you will see mile after mile stretching as far as you can see of corn, alfalfa, and other fields of crops along with plenty of dairies and cattle ranches.

Getting in and out of Hanford can be a bit of a hassle as there is NO direct freeway access to it. Hwy 198 is built to freeway standards, but only through town. It's a two or four lane highway on either side. And it's being built from two lanes to four the entire way from Hwy 43 to the 99 freeway. That will help somewhat as that's a pretty busy corridor esp if you get stuck behind a slowpoke trucker or migrant farmhand family (both exist in plentiful supply up here.). But in the interim, 198 can be a bit slow and at times frustrating experience. North and south isn't much better as the "main" highway-SR 43 is also mostly just two lane as well. And equally rife with truckers and slowpokes. There are some backroads that you can take to or from Hanford from pretty much any direction that are relatively congestion free. But like I said: don't expect EASY access to or from Hanford.

In short, if you are just a typical family who likes shopping at Target, dining at Red Robin with the kids, and want to have a house (or nice condo/apartment) with a pool and a dog, you'll be just fine. OTOH, if you are one of those 21st Century "Urban" junkies who is simply unable to function unless he/she resides in a twenty story apartment building and must live within walking distance to a fish taco stand, Bulgarian art museum, and Thai grocery store, Hanford is NOT for you.
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Old 07-08-2010, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Utah
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Thanks so much for the info! Good to know that choosing to live in a surrounding town might be a little difficult traffic wise and its great to be able to know which areas to avoid even looking in! We have pretty much always lived in "smaller" towns so we are very used to Target, Walmart and your more "everyday" kind of housing, so I don't think that part should be a problem for us.... Thanks again and if you think of anything else please pass it along!
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Old 07-08-2010, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Here&There
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I feel for you. Hanford's water is bad, I'll post an excerpt from Wikipedia rather than retype it in my own words:

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Water
The city's water system is supplied by a network of 13 active wells and two standby wells and serves 14,874 water connections. The water is not chlorinated or otherwise treated.
Formerly, the water had contained naturally-occurring arsenic in excess of the maximum contaminant level adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. However, according to the Consumer Confidence Report issued by the city of Hanford in March 2010 for calendar year 2009, as of November 11, 2009, the city now supplies water that is below the federal standard of 10 micrograms of arsenic per liter of water. The city's mitigation project consisted of reducing the arsenic content in two existing deep water wells, drilling five replacement wells, and eliminating eight wells that produced water that exceeded standards.
Although it does not pose a health hazard, Hanford's drinking water also contains hydrogen sulfide, which causes the water to have a noticeable "rotten egg" odor.
And here's the link for the full profile, Hanford, California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Other than that, Hanford isn't so bad as compared to Tulare. Hanford has a couple Indian reservation casinos, I believe. Of course taken into context, I just think most of the central valley is a wasteland and would advise anyone not to move here. Jut my opinion.
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Old 09-06-2010, 04:45 PM
 
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I have lived in Hanford for most of my life. Don't move here, you will be highly disappointed. The people that live in this *****hole are slow simple minded people and they smell like cow dung. Not many choices for dining, unless you like fast food. The water smells bad and it's toxic with arsenic levels far beyond safe standards of the EPA. Move to a safe community in Southern California. Go away you are to sober and normal to live here. If you like meth you will fit into our community well.
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Old 09-07-2010, 04:59 PM
 
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I have lived in Hanford for most of my life. Don't move here, you will be highly disappointed. The people that live in this *****hole are slow simple minded people and they smell like cow dung. Not many choices for dining, unless you like fast food. The water smells bad and it's toxic with arsenic levels far beyond safe standards of the EPA. Move to a safe community in Southern California. Go away you are to sober and normal to live here. If you like meth you will fit into our community well.
Are you sober and normal and not a meth head, are you sure? LMAO.

The Central Valley is mainly the new place to live for people who aren't rich... Why you ask? It's cheaper.

And how much does a house in safe nice community in SoCal cost? I'm no expert around that area but I'm guessing it's not cheap. Not everyone's made of money, just saying.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:01 AM
 
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We just found out we will be moving to the Hanford area in the next couple of months. Just looking for some advice or information on the area. We have two young children, one will be starting Kindergarten and the other will be in Preschool. Would like to make sure we are in a safe area and be able to put our kids in a good school. Heard the water in Hanford is not good, is it like this in all the surrounding towns as well? Would love any helpful info you could pass on to us since we will be moving here from another state and don't know anything about the area. Will be looking to rent so if anyone knows of a good property management group or where we could look for online listings besides craigslist would appreciate it! Thanks in advance for any info you can pass our way!
I was raised in the Hanford area. The water has a lot of sulfar in it, but I was used to it. Over the years we were transferred out of town. When we decided to move back to the San Joaquin Valley, my husband wanted nothing to do with Hanford's water, so we moved to Tulare. The water in Tulare is wonderful. Also Tulare is a great town! Good schools. Contact the local Chamber of Commerce for more info.
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