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City of Porterville
—  City  —
Motto: "In God We Trust"
Location in Tulare County and the state of California
Coordinates: 36°4′7″N 119°1′39″W / 36.06861°N 119.0275°W / 36.06861; -119.0275Coordinates: 36°4′7″N 119°1′39″W / 36.06861°N 119.0275°W / 36.06861; -119.0275
Country United States
State California
County Tulare
Settled approx. 1826
Incorporated May 7, 1902
 - Type Council-Manager
 - City Manager John Lollis
 - Mayor Pete McCracken
 - Mayor Pro Tempore Brian Ward
 - Total 14.1 sq mi (36.5 km2)
 - Land 14 sq mi (36.3 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 456 ft (139 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 39,615
 Density 2,809.6/sq mi (1,085.3/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 93257-93258
Area code(s) 559
FIPS code 06-58240
GNIS feature ID 1652779
Website Official website of the City of Porterville

Porterville is a city in Tulare County, California, United States. The population was 39,615 at the 2000 census. City limit signs currently have the population at 51,467. The city's population grew dramatically as the city annexed many properties and unincorporated areas in and around Porterville. Porterville is considered part of the Census Bureau's designation of the Visalia-Porterville metropolitan statistical area.



Porterville is located at 36°4′7″N 119°1′39″W / 36.06861°N 119.0275°W / 36.06861; -119.0275 (36.068550, -119.027536)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.1 square miles (36.4 km²), of which, 14.0 square miles (36.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.50%) is water.

Porterville is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and many of the town's inhabitants are intimately familiar with the upper regions of the hills. There is also a large man-made body of water, Lake Success, which finds much use for recreation and revelry when in season.


The Porterville Historical Museum occupies the old Southern Pacific Railroad depot, constructed in 1913.
The Porterville Main post office is one of three Porterville structures on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).
The NRHP listed Zalud House is a former private home, now a museum.
The First Congregational Church is also listed on the NRHP.

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 39,615 people, 11,884 households, and 9,174 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,828.4 people per square mile (1,091.8/km²). There were 12,691 housing units at an average density of 906.1/sq mi (349.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 49.75% White, 1.28% African American, 1.73% Native American, 4.63% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 32.71% from other races, and 4.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 54.45% of the population.

There were 11,884 households out of which 47.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 17.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.8% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.20 and the average family size was 3.62.

In the city the population was spread out with 34.3% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 17.5% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 96.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,046, and the median income for a family was $35,136. Males had a median income of $31,171 versus $23,737 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,745. About 20.3% of families and 25.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.7% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.


In the state legislature Porterville is located in the 18th Senate District, represented by Republican Roy Ashburn, and in the 34th Assembly District, represented by Republican Connie Conway. Federally, Porterville is located in California's 21st congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +13[3] and is represented by Republican Devin Nunes.

During the November 2008 Prop 8 election campaign, Porterville's City Council was the only City Council in all of California that passed a Resolution in favor of Prop 8, which amended California's constitution to only recognize marriages between a man and a woman.

Porterville, Tulare County voters voted over 75% in favor of Prop 8, among the highest levels in the State of California, during the election.

Local Trivia

Notable locals


The Porterville Recorder is the daily newspaper serving Porterville. Radio stations KIOO (99.7 FM), KMQA (100.5 FM) and KTIP (1450 AM) and TV station KTFF-TV are all licensed to Porterville.


Most of Porterville is served by the Porterville Unified School District, while portions of the western section of the city are zoned to the Burton School District


Schools in the Porterville Unified School District

  • Monache High School
  • Porterville High School
  • Granite Hills High School
  • Strathmore High School
  • Pioneer Middle School
  • Sequoia Middle School
  • Bartlett Middle School
  • Santa Fe Elementary School
  • Los Robles Elementary School
  • Vandalia Elementary School
  • Roche Avenue Elementary School
  • Belleview Elementary School
  • John J. Doyle Elementary School
  • Monte Vista Elementary School
  • Olive Street Elementary School
  • Westfield Elementary School
  • West Putnam Elementary School

Schools in the Burton School District

  • Burton Middle School
  • Burton Elementary School
  • Oak Grove Elementary School
  • Buckley Elementary
  • Jim Maples Academy
  • Summit Charter Academy
  • Summit Charter Academy Redwood Campus

Higher education

  • There is one junior college in Porterville, Porterville College (PC), located on South Main Street.
  • A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine conducts its 2nd to 4th years education in Porterville.


  • Tulare County - District Attorney- Office - 87 East Morton Avenue
  • Social Security Administration - Office - 890 West Morton Avenue

Shopping Centers

  • Porterville West Shopping Center
  • Porter Plaza Shopping Center
  • Town and Country Shopping Center
  • Monache Financial Center Shopping Center
  • Smiths Town Square Shopping Center
  • Eastridge Plaza Shopping Center


  • First Christian Church
  • Gospel Lighthouse Church
  • Grace Fundamental Church
  • Life Tabernacle-Apostolic Church of Porterville
  • Emanuel Evangelical Church
  • Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Vessels of Living Water Christian Church
  • Living Word Fellowship Church
  • Faith Tabernacle of Porterville
  • Family Christian Center
  • Church of God
  • Masjid Porterville
  • Calvary Assembly of God
  • St. Anne's Catholic Church
  • Holy Cross Catholic Church
  • Westfield Christian Churcn
  • First Church of the Nazarene
  • Porterville Church of Christ
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Grand Avenue United Methodist Church
  • First Baptist Church
  • Mountain View Baptist Church


  • Hayes Field
  • J Claude Nelson Park
  • Murry Park
  • Veterans Park
  • Orange Street Mini Park
  • Olivewood Mini Park
  • North Park
  • Jamison Stadium
  • Bartlett Park

Sister cities

Porterville has two sister cities,


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