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Tulare Police Department
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260 South M St,
Tulare, CA, 93274
(559)684-4238

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The city of Tulare encompasses the following counties: Tulare. Tulare's government is comprised of the Mayor, who is currently David Macedo, City Manager, who is currently Don Dorman.

Tulare encompasses land area: 20.931 sq mi (54.212 km2), water area: 0.085 sq mi (0.221 km2)  0.41%. The elevation is 289 ft (88 m) above sea level. This equates to a population density of 2,800/sq mi (1,100/km2). The local time zone is Pacific (PST) (UTC-8).

Zip codes in Tulare include 93274-93275. Local area codes are 559. The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code for the city is 06-80644, which is used in computer filings when non-government agencies and contractors fulfill government contracts. Additional information and the official website of the city is found at www.ci.tulare.ca.us.

Tulare (pron.: /tuːˈlɛəriː/) is a city in Tulare County, California, United States. The population was 59,278 at the 2010 census.

Tulare is located in the heart of the Central Valley, eight miles (13 km) south of Visalia and thirty miles northwest of Porterville, and is considered part of the Census Bureau's designation of the Visalia-Porterville Metropolitan Area. The city is named for the currently dry Tulare Lake, once the largest freshwater lake west of the Great Lakes. The city's mission statement is: 'To promote a quality of life making Tulare the most desirable community in which to live, learn, play, work, worship and prosper.' The Stockton seaport is 170 miles (270 km) away, and the Sacramento port is 207 miles (333 km) away. The Los Angeles and San Francisco ports are each approximately 200 miles (320 km) away, making Tulare a hub or central location for product movement. Despite this, the expression 'out in the tules (toolies)', referring to the tule rush plant that lined the lakeshore, is still common in the dialect of old Californian families and means 'beyond far away.'

The Yokut people built Reed boats and fished in what was later to be called Tulare Lake in their homeland for centuries, until the invasion and settlement by the Spanish and American pioneers. When California became a state in 1850, Tulare did not yet exist as a town. Tulare was founded in 1872, by the Southern Pacific Railroad. The town was named for Lake Tulare. The lake had been named for the tule rush plant (Schoenoplectus acutus) (Pictured left), a species of bulrush that predominately lined the marshes and sloughs of its shore.


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