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The 2000 Census showed that Tulare County had a population of 368,021 people. This represented 1.09% of the total population of California, making it the state's 21st most populous county (out of 58 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Tulare had a population of 429,668 people. This is an increase of 16.75% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010442,179+20.15%+2.91% since 2009
2009429,668+16.75%+1.73% since 2008
2008422,343+14.76%+1.48% since 2007
2007416,189+13.09%+1.6% since 2006
2006409,641+11.31%+1.48% since 2005
2005403,653+9.68%+2.19% since 2004
2004394,996+7.33%+2.22% since 2003
2003386,399+4.99%+2.14% since 2002
2002378,285+2.79%+1.53% since 2001
2001372,592+1.24%+1.24% since 2000
2000368,021The Last Census

Tulare County had 119,639 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Tulare County has a total area<3> of 4,839 square miles [12,533 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (15.12 square miles [39.16 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Tulare County had a population density of 76.3 people per square mile [29.46 people/km²], making it the state's 33rd most densely populated county (out of 58 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Tulare County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Tulare and the state of California.

Click here for the Tulare County QuickFact (QF-06107).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Tulare County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Tulare County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
FresnoQF-06019   NW915,267799,40714.49%
InyoQF-06027   NE17,29317,945-3.63%
KernQF-06029   SE807,407661,64522.03%
KingsQF-06031   W148,764129,46114.91%

The eastern boundary of the county is defined by the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Tulare. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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