U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Covid-19 Information Page
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > California
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
View Poll Results: What is your favorite area of the Central Valley?
Kern County (Bakersfield, Delano, Tehachapi Mountains) 2 5.88%
Kings & Tulare Counties (Hanford, Visalia, Lemoore, Tulare, Porterville) 4 11.76%
Fresno CSA (Fresno & Madera Counties, including Fresno, Madera, Clovis, Oakhurst, Selma) 3 8.82%
Merced County (Merced, Atwater, Livingston) 1 2.94%
Stanislaus County (Modesto, Turlock, Oakdale, Patterson) 4 11.76%
San Joaquin County (Stockton, Lodi, Tracy, Manteca, Escalon) 3 8.82%
Sutter & Yuba Counties (Marysville, Yuba City) 0 0%
Glenn & Colusa Counties (Arbuckle, Williams, Willows) 1 2.94%
Butte County (Chico, Paradise, Oroville) 11 32.35%
Tehama & southern Shasta Counties (Redding, Anderson, Red Bluff, Corning, Los Molinos) 5 14.71%
Voters: 34. You may not vote on this poll

Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 04-04-2016, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
742 posts, read 695,299 times
Reputation: 962

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ragnar View Post
What was living in Visalia like for you?
I lived in Visalia for nearly 12 years from June 1992 through March 2004. I moved from the Los Angeles area in the wake of the riots. My motive for moving to Visalia was to get away from the rat race that So Cal had become as well as to be closer to my father in Hanford and friends in Dinuba. I had visited Visalia on a couple of occasions prior to my move.

Visalia happens to be the oldest town between Los Angeles and Stockton. It tends or has tended to have a different feel from other San Joaquin Valley communities since it's not directly on Highway 99. In fact, the core of the city lies 3 to 5 miles east of the Hwy 99/198 interchange, so all you see is the airport, fields and parts of the industrial park. The downtown area is quaint and walkable with a number of great restaurants. There are a number of oak trees in the urban core and Sequoia National Park is 25 miles away. The neighborhoods close to downtown are known for their Craftsman and Victorian homes.

Being the county seat of Tulare County and a regional retail hub, there are a several large shopping and employment centers. Mooney Boulevard is the main north-south arterial corridor where most of the major shopping centers are located. Kaweah Delta is the main hospital located downtown and College of the Sequoias is the local community college. Even though the closest four-year universities are located in Fresno and Bakersfield, one can take 4-year college courses in Visalia through Fresno Pacific University (like I did), Brandman University and Fresno State University.

As a single guy in my 20s and 30s when I lived there, I found it challenging at times to make and sustain friendships. Visalia tends to be more family-oriented and the number of single professionals is limited. There are a number of churches and people's social lives tend to center around church and family. Nightlife tends to be more low-key although there are several micro-breweries and clubs downtown. Overall, Visalia has a friendly vibe and is welcoming to newcomers. I still believe that Visalia is one of the nicest communities in the San Joaquin Valley.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 04-05-2016, 01:11 PM
 
79 posts, read 67,459 times
Reputation: 139
I'm biased, but I think Butte County has the best combination of excellent geographical features and urban amenities. There are nice parks, great woodland areas, creeks, lakes and then with a city like Chico you have pretty decent food, art and music scenes, decent sports teams, an excellent university and an increasingly diverse economy.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > California
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2021, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top