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Overview

Introduction to Porterville, California

Porterville, California, in Tulare county, is 23 miles SE of Visalia, California (center to center) and 63 miles SE of Fresno, California. The city is situated in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills. It includes a large Hispanic population. A large number of the county's jobs are based in agriculture. Dairy, citrus, grapes, nuts, olives and stone fruits are some of the area's significant products. National Vitamin, Standard Registers, Beckman Instruments and Sierra Pacific Apparel have facilities in Porterville. It's home to the Sequoia National Forest Headquarters.

Porterville History

Gold seekers passed through Porterville after the discovery of gold in California in 1848. Some pioneers decided to stay in Porterville and establish farms due to the rich soil. The town featured a prominent store which sold goods to the region's gold miners and the Indians. In 1860 Royal Porter Putnam arrived to manage the Tule River Station. The city is named in tribute to him. In 1888 the Southern Pacific Railway reached Porterville. The town was incorporated in 1902 after miners arrived to extract the region's magnetite ore.

Porterville Attractions

  • Barn Theater.
  • Historic Main Street includes a wide variety of shops, restaurants and galleries.
  • Porterville Fair.
  • Porterville Multicultural Art Center.
  • Zalud House Museum is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Porterville Historical Museum features Yokuts Indian relics and artifacts from the early pioneers.
  • Cinco de Mayo Celebration.
  • Community Festival.

Porterville Activities

Lake Success is a popular destination for fishing, boating, water skiing, camping and picnicking. Murray Park is a scenic location. The River Island Country Club, Porterville Municipal Golf Course and the nearby Sierra View Golf Course are popular with golf enthusiasts. The Eagle Mountain Casino is nearby.

The region includes numerous scenic hiking trails including the Atwell Hockett, Black Mountain, Deer Creek, High Sierra and the Sheep Creek trails. The Kaweah River and Kings River provide opportunities for whitewater paddling. Bravo, Kaweah and Heron lakes are close by. The Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park is a popular destination for residents and tourists.

People

Total Population 55,218
Male Share of the Population 49.9%
Female Share of the Population 50.1%
Senior Citizens 10.5%
Employed Population 16+ 18,810
Age of the Population 29

Families

% of people married 44.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11%
Median Earnings25+ $23,733
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,169
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,012

Wealth

Median Family Income $40,798
% Above Poverty Level 69.1%
% Below Poverty Level 30.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 18.8%
Median Gross Rent $808
Median House Value $149,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 78.8%
US/American 0.1%
English 2.4%
Irish 2.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Porterville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 23 miles SE of Visalia, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 63 miles SE of Fresno, California
County Tulare
Metro Area Visalia - Tulare - Porterville
Standard Zip Codes 93257
P.O. Box Zip Codes 93258
Phone Area Codes 559
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.065
Longitude -119.015

Porterville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station PORTERVILLE
Distance 0.1 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 58 F
Apr Temp 50 to 77 F
Jul Temp 67 to 98 F
Oct Temp 53 to 83 F
Annual Precip 11.4 inches
Station LINDSAY
Distance 9.5 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 58 F
Apr Temp 45 to 77 F
Jul Temp 61 to 98 F
Oct Temp 47 to 81 F
Annual Precip 12.5 inches
Station GLENNVILLE
Distance 29 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 56 F
Apr Temp 34 to 65 F
Jul Temp 50 to 89 F
Oct Temp 38 to 73 F
Annual Precip 19.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Delano 52,807 $36,121
Exeter 10,481 $47,074
Farmersville 10,704 $36,081
Lindsay 12,980 $31,858
Springville 763 $29,792
Tulare 61,204 $50,966

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Porterville Public Libraries

Library
Porterville Public Library
41 W. THURMAN
Porterville, California
(559) 784-0177

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Porterville Hospitals

SIERRA VIEW DISTRICT HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
465 W PUTNAM AVE
(559) 784-1110
Emergency Service: Yes

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Porterville High Schools

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MONACHE HIGH
960 N. NEWCOMB
559-782-7150
A Title I School.
Serves 1,915 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.1

PORTERVILLE HIGH
465 W. OLIVE AVE.
559-782-7210
A Title I School.
Serves 1,886 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.3

GRANITE HILLS HIGH
1701 E. PUTNAM AVE.
559-782-7075
A Title I School.
Serves 1,349 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.1

CITRUS HIGH (CONT.)
261 E. MULBERRY
559-782-7130
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 211 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.5

PROSPECT EDUCATION CENTER
645 NORTH PROSPECT ST
559-792-7095
A Non-traditional School
A Magnet School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 121 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

VINE STREET COMMUNITY DAY
140 SOUTH C ST.
559-782-6650
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 20 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

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