Tulare County is a county located in the Central Valley of the U.S. state of California, south of Fresno. Sequoia National Park is located in the county, as are part of Kings Canyon National Park, in its northeast corner (shared with Fresno County), and part of Mount Whitney, on its eastern border (shared with Inyo County). As of 2000 the population was 368,021; as of 2007 the population estimate was 429,006. Its county seat is Visalia. The county is named for Tulare Lake, once the largest freshwater lake west of the Great Lakes and now drained.
Comandante Pedro Fages, while hunting for deserters in 1772, discovered a great lake surrounded by marshes and filled with rushes which he named Los Tules (the tules). It is from this lake that the county derives its name. The root of the name Tulare is found in the Mexican word tullin, designating cattail or similar reeds.
The infectious disease Tularemia caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis is named after Tulare County.
Milk brings in the most revenue for the county, typically more than US$ 1 billion a year annually. Oranges, grapes, and other cattle-related commodities also bring in hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
In 2001, Tulare became the most productive county in the U.S. in terms of agricultural revenues at US$ 3.5 billion annually, surpassing Fresno County's US$ 3.2 billion, which held the spot for over two decades.
Due to the importance of agriculture in the county as well as its location in the state, the city of Tulare (in Tulare County) has been the home of the annual World Ag Expo, the world's largest agricultural exposition, since 1968.
An influential contribution to Tulare County is minor league sports like the baseball Visalia Oaks of the class-A California League, two teams of the Minor League Football Association in Tulare and Visalia, and four teams of the Porterville Fresno Basketball League based in Porterville.
The cities of Tulare, Porterville, and Visalia have their own local bus services.
There were 110,385 households out of which 44.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.1% were non-families. 17.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.28 and the average family size was 3.67.
In the county the population was spread out with 33.8% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.7 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $33,983, and the median income for a family was $36,297. Males had a median income of $30,892 versus $24,589 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,006. About 18.8% of families and 23.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.6% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.
|2004||66.2% 65,399||32.9% 32,494||1.0% 967|
|2000||60.2% 54,070||36.8% 33,006||3.1% 2,742|
|1996||53.9% 46,272||38.1% 32,669||8.1% 6,905|
|1992||45.7% 40,482||35.2% 31,188||19.1% 16,883|
|1988||59.6% 46,891||39.0% 30,711||1.4% 1,067|
|1984||63.9% 51,066||35.1% 28,065||1.0% 812|
|1980||58.3% 41,317||35.5% 25,155||6.2% 4,374|
|1976||54.5% 31,864||43.7% 25,551||1.8% 1,027|
|1972||59.9% 36,048||36.2% 21,775||3.9% 2,327|
|1968||52.2% 29,314||39.5% 22,180||8.4% 4,695|
|1964||39.8% 22,527||60.1% 33,974||0.1% 51|
|1960||54.0% 29,456||45.6% 24,887||0.4% 239|
Tulare is part of California's 21st congressional district, which is held by Republican Devin Nunes. In the State Assembly, Tulare is in the 29th, 30th, 31st, and 34th districts. The 30th and 31st are held by Democrats Nicole Parra and Juan Arambula, respectively while the 29th and 34th are held by Republicans Michael Villines and Bill Maze, respectively. In the State Senate, Tulare is part of the 16th and 18th districts, which are held by Democrat Dean Florez and Republican Roy Ashburn respectively.
'Flexible' General Plan Update Raises Controversy in Tulare County: Plan Draws Criticism from All Sides, Including AG's Office
Oct 15, 2011; Tulare: County is a diverse 4,800 square miles, with extensive, mountainous public lands in the east, and some of the country's...