Visalia becomes 16th Fastest
Growing City in U.S.
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Visalia among fastest-growing cities in US
Figures released by the United States Census Bureau reveal that Visalia is the 16th fastest-growing city in America among cities with 100,000 or more population.
John Malson, an analyst for the state’s Department of Finance, said the Central Valley of California remains a popular destination. “The Central Valley is more affordable than the coast, “ Malson said. “A lot of people are moving out from the [San Francisco] Bay Area.”
“Affordable housing, job opportunities and low unemployment, having a quality junior college right in town, all these factors make the area attractive,” said Mike Olmos, Visalia’s assistant city management for community development.
Source: Visalia Times-Delta Newspaper, Wednesday,
June 21, 2006
Central Valley Population Booms
Visalia – Rapid growth in the Central Valley, illustrated by a US Census Bureau report issued today, has local experts predicting the region will outgrow the San Francisco Bay Area by 2020.
Visalia is one of three Valley cities rated among the fastest-growing in the country. With a population that rose from an estimated 104, 479 in mid-2004 to 108,669 on July 1, 2006, the single-year growth rate of 4% was high enough to rank 16th among 254 cities with more that 100,000 people.
This is a part of a larger, ongoing 20-year change in what the Central Valley’s population will look like from Redding all the way down to Bakersfield,” said Richard Cummings, director of research and communications for the Great Valley Center, a Modesto based think tank. “Most of the growth in the state is going to be inland for the next generation.”
Visalia City Council Member Don Landers said that as the city’s population nudges upward, it catches the attention of more regional and national chain retailers and industries, providing jobs and raising the standard of living, in turn creating the demand for new homes. “All of those factors indicate that we’re a community that’s come of age,” Landers said.
Source: The Fresno Bee, Wednesday, June 21, 2006