Porterville 59 Below average
Porterville Livability #637 ranked city in California#19,286 ranked city in the USARanks better than 34% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Porterville

  • Commute

    An elevated score in the commute category points to excellent public transit accessibility and shorter-than-average work commute times in this area.

  • Housing

    High scores in the housing category are a distinguishing feature of this area, possibly driven by a favorable home affordability ratio, higher home values and appreciation rates.

  • Amenities

    The majority of amenities are not ideally located within walking distance. To access these amenities, residents may be required to rely on a vehicle or public transit.

  • Employment

    In the employment category, a low score could be attributed to low income levels and high unemployment in the area, suggesting potential difficulties in finding lucrative employment.

  • Health & Safety

    The low score in this category could be due to challenges related to air quality and the limited accessibility of health-related facilities like hospitals, nursing homes, doctors and pharmacies.

  • Schools

    The low schools score could result from issues like below-average graduation rates, inadequate reading and math scores, and the unavailability of local elementary and high schools.

  • Ratings

    AreaVibes collected feedback from local residents in the area through surveys and polls, and the results did not show a favorable view of things like local amenities and the safety of the area.

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What's it like Living in Porterville?

Porterville is a moderately-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 59,056 inhabitants. Porterville has a population density of 3,167 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Porterville identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 50% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all Porterville residents is 31. In Porterville, only 50% of people over the age of fifteen are married. This city could be a good option for singles ready to mingle.

Living in Porterville can be a good experience for anyone moving to the town. Having said that, in the state of California, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! When searching for a new neighborhood, several factors play a vital role in determining its suitability. Safety should be a top priority, ensuring a secure environment with low crime rates. Proximity to your workplace or school helps minimize commuting time and allows for a better work-life balance. Availability of essential amenities such as parks, coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores, and healthcare facilities contributes to convenience and well-being. Access to reliable public transportation options facilitates easy commuting and connectivity. Additionally, considering the sense of community and the overall atmosphere that resonates with your lifestyle and preferences fosters a harmonious living experience. The best areas in Porterville and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, health & safety, education, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

With a livability score of 61/100, Porterville is ranked #16,402 in the United States and #598 in California. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Porterville has higher than average rankings for the following: housing (B). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Porterville. The following was graded with a disappointing score: amenities (F) and employment (F).

Finding affordable real estate and housing in Porterville can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category. A healthy real estate market can lead to wealth appreciation for property owners, as rising property values can contribute to homeowners' equity, financial stability and the ability to build long-term wealth.

Assuming that Porterville meets all of your requirements like low crime rates, good schools and great local amenities, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Porterville. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Porterville are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Porterville come in at $182,100, which is 55.5% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Porterville, the home price to income ratio is 4.1, which is 35.9% lower than the California average.

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      Porterville transportation information

      Statistic Porterville California National
      Average one way commute22min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work78.7%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool15.6%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.8%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.5%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.5%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home1.3%5.4%4.6%
      Source: The Porterville, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).