Living in the Central Valley


The central San Joaquin Valley covers the southern portion of the extensive Central Valley, which extends over 20,000 square miles of California. The San Joaquin Valley includes Kings and San Joaquin Counties and portions of Stanislaus, Merced, Fresno, Madera and Tulare Counties. Some of the major cities include Fresno and Merced to the north and Visalia and Bakersfield to the south.

The San Joaquin Valley offers agriculture that is unsurpassed in the world. The communities are surrounded by an abundance of vineyards, vegetable farms and fruit and nut orchards. Many communities identify with their agricultural roots and a large portion of the population is involved in agricultural production.

While predominately rural, the San Joaquin Valley includes urban hubs such as Fresno and Merced to the north and Visalia and Bakersfield to the south, which offer many cultural and social events, restaurants, shopping and higher education opportunities.

Recreational activities

Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park and the coastal towns of San Luis Obispo, San Simeon and Cambria are all within a two-hour drive from Adventist Health locations in the Central Valley. These areas offer an array of outdoor activities, including backpacking, snow-skiing, mountain-biking, boating, kayaking, beaches, shopping and sightseeing.

The San Joaquin Valley also is conveniently located within a three-hour drive to California’s major metropolitan areas of the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles.