Welcome to California’s Central Valley, an agricultural region rich with historical, cultural and recreational opportunities. Kings County sits in the heart of the Central Valley, about 190 northeast of Los Angeles. Fresno County lies just northeast of Kings County. Both are part of the San Joaquin Valley.
Kings County has a population of nearly 150,000, according to the U.S. Census. It is home to Hanford, the county seat, and Naval Air Station Lemoore, with its growing military and civilian workforce. Fresno County has 979,915 residents. Fresno is the county seat.
Besides wide-open landscapes, expansive skies and peaceful natural settings, there are archeological sites, museums and parks. Outdoor activities abound, including golfing, horseback riding, camping, cycling and hiking. Within a two- to four-hour drive are some of the nation’s largest cities and major tourist attractions, which draw millions of visitors each year. To the northwest lies San Francisco, with its eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture and landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and Chinatown. To the south lies Los Angeles, the second-largest city in the United States and home to Hollywood.
However, there are plenty of shopping, dining and nightlife opportunities for residents to explore right in Kings and Fresno counties. Annual events include holiday parades and ceremonies, county fairs and concerts in the park — all reflecting the small-town atmosphere of rural America.