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formed in 1893 from the western part of Tulare County. Entire county
population is around 153,000
Also, Kings County was among the top counties for the State's crush which includes Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, plus raisin grapes such as Thompson Seedless.
In 1928, oil was discovered in the Kettleman Hills located in the southwestern part of Kings County. The Kettleman North Dome Oil Field became one of the most productive oil fields in the United States.
Lemoore Army Airfield was established for training and defense during World War II. In 1961, the U.S. Navy opened NAS Lemoore 9 miles (14 km) west of Lemoore, not far from the earlier site.
The completion of the California Aqueduct in the early 1970s brought
needed water for agriculture and domestic use to the westside of the
Kings County is bordered on the north and northwest by Fresno County, on the east by Tulare County, on the south by Kern County and a small part of San Luis Obispo County and on the west by Monterey County.
Kings County Ranked #8 in agriculture in 2011 Worth over $2.2 billion $2,219,529,000
1 MILK, MARKET, FLUID $792,269,000
2 COTTON LINT, PIMA $237,393,000
3 CATTLE & CALVES, UNSPECIFIED 156,312,000
4 TOMATOES, PROCESSING $117,540,000 -- nearly 1.5 million tons
5 HAY, ALFALFA $93,709,000
6 PISTACHIOS 81,164,000
7 ALMONDS, ALL $75,178,000
8 CORN, SILAGE $72,081,000
9 WALNUTS, ENGLISH 71,921,000
Leading Commodities: Milk, Pima Cotton Lint, Cattle and Calves, Processing Tomatoes, Alfalfa Hay
Ranks as 1 of 5 top counties for tomato processing (2nd), apricots, grapes used for raisins, nectarines, Freestone peaches, peaches, pistachios, plums, cotton lint (top producer), cottonseed, wheat, milk & cream, turkeys, wool & mohair, alfalfa hay