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A+ Porterville Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D+ Porterville Cost of Living Cost of living is 25% lower than California
1044% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Porterville cost of living
D+ Porterville Crime Total crime is 2% higher than California
Total crime
3,0089% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 349% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
7%Year over year crime is up
Porterville crime
F Porterville Employment Household income is 38% lower than California
Median household income
$39,76328% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$16,31945% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%43% higher than the US average
Porterville employment
C- Porterville Housing Home value is 61% lower than California
Median home value
$157,90015% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$82313% lower than the US average
Home ownership
53%16% lower than the US average
Porterville real estate or Porterville rentals
F Porterville Schools HS graduation rate is 21% lower than California
High school grad. rates
63%24% lower than the US average
School test scores
24%51% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:126% higher than the US average
Porterville K-12 schools or Porterville colleges

Living in Porterville, CA

Porterville is a moderately-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 58,472 residents. Porterville has a population density of 3,159 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. According to the most recent Census, 77% of Porterville residents are White, 5% Asian and 1% Black. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Porterville are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 51% of the population also speak Spanish. Porterville could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 29 years old is below the nation’s average.

Are you trying to decide if living in Porterville is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a great experience before moving to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. To help you find the best places to live in and around Porterville, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, cost of living, employment, housing and more.

Porterville has a livability score of 65/100 and is ranked #647 in California and #17,304 in the USA. If we check out each of the categories on their own, we see that Porterville ranks well for amenities (A+) and weather (B). There is at least one category that did not score well in Porterville. The following was graded with a discouraging score: education (F) and employment (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Porterville has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Porterville is real estate affordability. The median home price for Porterville homes is $157,900, which is 61.4% lower than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Porterville, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4, which is 37.5% lower than the California average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Porterville will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Porterville, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 8.9%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 9.1%.

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The Weather and Air Quality is Bad

In your weather score it states that the average summer temperature in Porterville, California is 78 degrees. The average summer temperature here is about 97 degrees.
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Born and Raised in Porterville, CA

I was born in Porterville and grew up in this Tulare county suburb, where, as a kid, I'd walk the famous historic places and squeeze through the tunnel nearby that ran underneath the freeway. Since 1990s, this unincorporated area has grown a lot and attracting more and more people from other regions.

Porterville is a small town with around 50,000 people and more than 50 percent of the households are living with children. The median income here is much less compared to the state average. I have to keep myself somewhere between feeling good about this place because it has its own charm by retaining its history and bad because it is doing poor in terms of economy. The best part of this town is that people are friendly and considerate about how you are doing. It is like living in one lane with relatives as neighbors, you know how many people are in every house you come across.

What is it about the culture here that is full of life and unique compared to other places in CA? It has good schools and safe neighborhoods, and for someone who was born and brought up here, it is hard to move to any other city. Nightlife is barely in existence mainly because people work hard and have a routine. For them, life is all about enjoying it in modest and living it to the fullest with job, good food and entertainment. One doesn't even have to own a vehicle here because Porterville transit offers convenient public transportation to its residents. I doubt any new businesses want to move into this town given the bad economy and weather. All in all, Porterville is tolerable as long as you are not new to this area.
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Source: The Porterville, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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