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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population58,472
Male Share of the Population50.2%
Female Share of the Population49.8%
Senior Citizens10.5%
Employed Population 16+20,149
Age of the Population29

Families

% of people married43.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher10.3%
Median Earnings25+$25,566
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$11,177
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,800

Wealth

Median Family Income$41,559
% Above Poverty Level68.3%
% Below Poverty Level31.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone19.3%
Median Gross Rent$823
Median House Value$157,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)79.9%
German3.1%
Irish2.3%
English2.3%
Italian0.9%
Portuguese0.5%
Scottish0.5%
French Except Basque0.4%
Dutch0.4%
Polish0.3%
Arab0.3%
Norwegian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Swiss0.2%
African0.2%
Russian0.2%
Greek0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
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Porterville Almanac

CategoryValue
County Tulare County
Standard Zip Codes93257
P.O. Box Zip Codes93258
Phone Area Codes559
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude36.05
Approximate Longitude-119.15

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)

StationPORTERVILLE
Distance0.1 miles
Jan Temp39 to 58 F
Apr Temp50 to 77 F
Jul Temp67 to 98 F
Oct Temp53 to 83 F
Annual Precip11.4 inches
StationLINDSAY
Distance9.5 miles
Jan Temp36 to 58 F
Apr Temp45 to 77 F
Jul Temp61 to 98 F
Oct Temp47 to 81 F
Annual Precip12.5 inches
StationGLENNVILLE
Distance29 miles
Jan Temp28 to 56 F
Apr Temp34 to 65 F
Jul Temp50 to 89 F
Oct Temp38 to 73 F
Annual Precip19.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Delano52,538$36,579
Exeter10,504$48,470
Farmersville10,699$35,633
Lindsay13,052$33,980
Springville823$0
Tulare61,664$50,923

Porterville Public Libraries

Porterville Public Library
41 WEST THURMAN AVENUE
Porterville, California
(559) 784-0177

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Porterville Hospitals

Porterville Developmental Center
(Government - State)
26501 Avenue 140
Sierra View District Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
465 West Putnam Avenue

Porterville Public Schools

Alta Vista Elementary
2293 E. Crabtree Ave.
ZIP: 93257
Primary
Total Enrollment 573
Bartlett Middle
335 N. G St.
ZIP: 93257
Middle
Total Enrollment 513
Belleview Elementary
197 W. Belleview Ave.
ZIP: 93257
Primary
Total Enrollment 449
Buena Vista Community Day
14004 Rd. 184
ZIP: 93257
Middle
Burton Community Day
264 N. W.wood St.
ZIP: 93257
Primary
Burton Elementary
2375 W. Morton St.
ZIP: 93257
Primary
Total Enrollment 623
Burton Middle
1155 N. Elderwood St.
ZIP: 93257
Middle
Total Enrollment 533
Burton Pathways Charter Academy
1414 W. Olive Ave.
ZIP: 93257
Other
Total Enrollment 93
Butterfield Charter High
600 W. Grand Ave.
ZIP: 93257
High
Total Enrollment 335
Citrus High
261 E. Mulberry Ave.
ZIP: 93257
High
Total Enrollment 165
Citrus South Tule Elementary
31374 Success Valley Dr.
ZIP: 93257
Primary
Total Enrollment 29
Granite Hills High
1701 E. Putnam Ave.
ZIP: 93257
High
Total Enrollment 1213
Hope Elementary
613 W. Teapot Dome Ave.
ZIP: 93257
Primary
Total Enrollment 236
Jim Maples Academy
252 N. W.wood
ZIP: 93257
Middle
Total Enrollment 284
John J. Doyle Elementary
1045 E. Orange Ave.
ZIP: 93257
Primary
Total Enrollment 683
Los Robles Elementary
500 E. Mulberry Ave.
ZIP: 93257
Primary
Total Enrollment 506
Monache High
960 N. Newcomb St.
ZIP: 93257
High
Total Enrollment 1838
Monte Vista Elementary
701 W. W.field Ave.
ZIP: 93257
Primary
Total Enrollment 504
Oak Grove Elementary
1873 W. Mulberry Ave.
ZIP: 93257
Primary
Total Enrollment 573
Olive Street Elementary
255 W. Olive Ave.
ZIP: 93257
Primary
Total Enrollment 743
Pioneer Middle
225 E. College Ave.
ZIP: 93257
Middle
Total Enrollment 753
Pleasant View Elementary
14004 Rd. 184
ZIP: 93257
Primary
Total Enrollment 522
Pleasant View Primary Community Day School
14004 Rd. 184
ZIP: 93257
Primary
Porterville High
465 W. Olive Ave.
ZIP: 93257
High
Total Enrollment 1953
Prospect Education Center
645 N. Prospect St.
ZIP: 93257
Other
Total Enrollment 95
Roche Elementary
388 N. Roche St.
ZIP: 93257
Primary
Total Enrollment 398
Rockford Elementary
14983 Rd. 208
ZIP: 93257
Primary
Total Enrollment 407
Santa Fe Elementary
286 E. Orange Ave.
ZIP: 93257
Primary
Total Enrollment 767
Sequoia Middle
1450 W. Castle Ave.
ZIP: 93257
Middle
Total Enrollment 580
Summit Charter Academy
175 S. Mathew St.
ZIP: 93257
Other
Total Enrollment 1601
Tulare County Organization For Vocational Education Rop
600 W. Grand Ave.
ZIP: 93257
High
Vandalia Elementary
271 E. College Ave.
ZIP: 93257
Primary
Total Enrollment 625
Vine Street Community Day
140 S. C St.
ZIP: 93257
High
Total Enrollment 20
West Putnam Elementary
1345 W. Putnam Ave.
ZIP: 93257
Primary
Total Enrollment 537
Westfield Elementary
1151 W. Pioneer Ave.
ZIP: 93257
Primary
Total Enrollment 664
William R. Buckley Elementary
2573 W. W.field Ave.
ZIP: 93257
Primary
Total Enrollment 640
Woodville Elementary
16541 Rd. 168
ZIP: 93257
Primary
Total Enrollment 481

Porterville Private Schools

Porterville Apostolic Christian Academy
448 N E St
ZIP: 93257
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 11
St Anne School
385 N F St
ZIP: 93257
Elementary
Total Enrollment 175
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