Tulare is located 45 miles south of Fresno and 60 miles north of Bakersfield along State Highway 99. Our mid-state location benefits businesses needing same-day access to key California markets as well as residents seeking recreational opportunities in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east and the spectacular California coastline to the west.

Tulare, the dairy capital of California, was formed by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1872 to serve as its San Joaquin Valley headquarters. The town was incorporated in 1888. The early years were difficult. Residents faced hardship in 1891 when Southern Pacific relocated its valley headquarters to Bakersfield. The town burned down and was rebuilt three times in its first 14 years.

When the railroad left, residents turned to agriculture for their livelihood, but faced the challenge of providing enough water to supply the new industry. To bring water to the area, residents founded the Tulare Irrigation District to construct an extensive canal system to carry water from the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Agriculture remains the lifeblood of the local economy and Tulare sits in the heart of some of the most productive farmland in the world. The strategic location makes Tulare very attractive to food processors and distributors.

Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area are less than a 4 hour drive away. Tulare is also just 40 minutes from Interstate 5, which connects California to Oregon and Washington.

The main line of the Union Pacific Railroad runs through Tulare, offering rail access to major cities throughout the United States. Amtrak offers passenger rail service from nearby Corcoran and Hanford.

Domestic and international flights are available at Fresno/Yosemite International Airport and Bakersfield’s Meadows Field Airport and domestic flights are 10 minutes away at Visalia Municipal Airport. The City of Tulare also operates its own municipal airport, serving private planes.

Tulare offers visitors a diverse shopping experience, with a vibrant downtown business district and Preferred Outlets of Tulare - the only factory-outlet center in the region. Preferred Outlets features 55 stores and a wide range of variety, including national companies such as Mikasa, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren and other top-quality franchise stores.

City of Tulare
411 E. Kern Ave.
Tulare, CA 93274
(559) 684-4200

Tulare Development Services (559) 684-4233

Tulare Chamber of Commerce
42220 E. Tulare Ave.
Tulare. CA 93275