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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

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Old 04-04-2016, 12:00 PM
Location: Sacramento
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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.
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Old 04-05-2016, 01:11 PM
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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.
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