Goshen is a census-designated place (CDP) in Visalia, Tulare County, California, United States. The population was 2,394 at the 2000 census. Until the twentieth century, Goshen was an island in a marsh at the edge of Tulare Lake, formerly the largest freshwater lake west of the Great Lakes until drained.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,394 people, 593 households, and 507 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,340.4 people per square mile (516.4/km²). There were 667 housing units at an average density of 373.4/sq mi (143.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 62.99% White, 2.80% African American, 2.05% Native American, 1.38% Asian, 26.90% from other races, and 3.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 73.14% of the population.
There were 593 households out of which 47.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 18.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.5% were non-families. 10.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.98 and the average family size was 4.21.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 37.4% under the age of 18, 12.1% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 17.5% from 45 to 64, and 6.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.6 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $28,301, and the median income for a family was $27,962. Males had a median income of $25,781 versus $16,905 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $8,837. About 26.7% of families and 28.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.1% of those under age 18 and 25.5% of those age 65 or over.
In the state legislature Goshen is located in the 16th Senate District, represented by Democrat Dean Florez, and in the 30th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Nicole Parra. Federally, Goshen is located in California's 21st congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +13 and is represented by Republican Devin Nunes.