Exeter, California

Welcome to the City of Exeter, gateway to the Sequoias.

Contracted Services
Exeter water tower

The city of Exeter is situated at the base of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The area has scenic beauty, a thriving business community and a population who take great pride in the town’s heritage, quality housing, good schools and a very low incidence of crime.
Exeter is located on State Highway 65, 2 miles south of Highway 198 and 15 miles east of Highway 99. Exeter is within a 3 to 4 hour drive of both Los Angeles and San Francisco, and 30 minutes from the entrance to Sequoia National Park.
Situated in the middle of California’s agricultural heartland the great San Joaquin Valley, one of the world’s most fertile valleys, Exeter is known for the sweetest oranges in the world. Exeter is also known for its abundant supply of citrus, deciduous fruits, nuts and table grapes.
National recognition was given to Exeter in 2000 as “One of America’sPrettiest Painted Places.” Professional artists have painted huge murals depicting the history and culture of the area on exterior walls throughout the downtown area. There are currently 29 murals in this outdoor art gallery, and move are planned. Group tours can be arranged.
One of the newer facilities in the community is the Exeter Bark Park. The park is becoming a popular gathering spot for residents and visitors alike.
Exeter’s city leaders are determined to retain our small town charm while making room for conservative growth. Exeter has a variety of antique stores, specialty shops, services, restaurants, lodging and a long tradition of annual events and festivals.

Aerial Photo of Exeter courtesy of TGN INC, TGNdistributing.com

History of Exeter

Before the coming of the European settlers, the area that is now Exeter was part of a vast plain where elk, antelope and deer grazed and spring wildflowers bloomed in profusion. Native American Indians made their homes in the oak forest two miles north of the present town. In 1888, as the railroad carved its way through the southern San Joaquin valley, towns grew up along its route. D.W. Parkhurst, representing the Southern Pacific Railroad, bought land from John Firebaugh, an early settler, and the town of Exeter was born, named after Parkhurst’s native Exeter, England.

The development of water resources and the planting of fruit trees and vines brought growth to the little community. The first school was built in 1897, the high school district was organized in 1908, and the residents voted to incorporate in 1911. Exeter is known for growing the sweetest oranges in the world and as the “Citrus Capital of the World”.

In 2011, Exeter celebrated 100 years as an incorporated city. with various events including the planting of a Centennial Time Capsule, a Centennial parade, and a full day of activities in City Park culminating in a concert by the Sons of the San Joaquin. Today, Exeter is a thriving community with a population of 10,324.

Demographics of Exeter Courtesy of City-Data.com


These statistics courtesy of census.gov/QuickFacts.

Population Estimates, July 1 2021, (V2021) 10,324
Population, Census, April 1, 2020 10,321
Population, Census, April 1, 2010 10,334

Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent 62.5%
Black or African American alone, percent(a) 0%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a) 1.4%
Asian alone, percent(a) 6.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a) 0.0%
Two or More Races, percent 5.7%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b) 47.3%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent 43.7%

Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2017-2021 466
Foreign born persons, percent, 2017-2021 14.0%

Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2017-2021 3,175
Persons per household, 2017-2021 3.24

High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2017-2021 83.8%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2017-2021 14.3%

Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2021 dollars), 2017-2021 $55,519
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2021 dollars), 2017-2021 $24,579
Persons in poverty, percent 22.0%

All employer firms, Reference year 2017 238
Men-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017 137
Nonminority-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017 178

Chamber of Commerce Building
The Exeter Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization representing all segments of business…working together to carry out what no individual, business or agency could achieve alone. Originally created as the the Exeter Board of Trade, it was named the Exeter Chamber of Commerce in 1921. The Chamber is the back bone of the Exeter Community. To reach the Chamber staff, contact them at  (559) 592-2919, visit their website at exeterchamber.com; or stop by at 101 W. Pine Street , Exeter, CA 93221.

Contracted Services

Animal Control

The City of Visalia Animal Services Division handles services for the City of Exeter Animal Control.

Animal Control Officer Dispatch - (559) 713-4957  (For reporting Sick, Injured, Stray or Vicious dogs within the City of Exeter)

Animal Care Center located at 29016 Highway 99 in Visalia- (559) 713-4700 (For inquiry about lost, found or impounded animals)

Visalia Animal Care Facility Hours of Operation: Wednesday through Friday, 12 – 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m.

City Engineer

The City of Exeter uses the services of Quad Knopf, 901 E. Main St., Visalia, CA 93278. Established in 1972, Quad Knopf is a full service consulting company, providing professional services for projects in both the public and private sectors

Transit Services

Tulare County Area Transit provides transit services for the City of Exeter:

Dial-a-Ride Services

Visalia Transit coordinates the City of Exeter's Dial-A-Ride program. Informational brochures and ADA applications can be found at the Visalia Transit Center or online at www.VisaliaTransit.com.

For reservations, call 559.713.4750

Service Area

* City limits of Exeter, Visalia, Farmersville and the community of Goshen

* Service outside the city limits is provided by Tulare County Area Transit. For Tulare County Area Transit information call 1.877.404.6473


Exeter Fire Department is handled by Tulare County Fire Department

For Emergencies Dial - 911

Exeter Fire Station #11
137 N. F Street
Exeter, CA 93221
Emergency: 911
Phone: (559) 592-3714

City Planner

The City of Exeter contracts with Greg Collins. He can be reached at greg@weplancities.com or (559) 592-5558

City Attorney

The City of Exeter contracts with Julia Lew for attorney services.

Tulare County Building Department

The City of Exeter contracts with Tulare County Building Department(Building Permits). They can be reached at 624-7000