Porterville is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 56,058 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Porterville is the 156th largest community in California.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Porterville is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Porterville is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and farmers, fishers, or foresters. There are especially a lot of people living in Porterville who work in farm management occupations (16.01%), office and administrative support (11.61%), and sales jobs (10.29%).
The percentage of people in Porterville with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 10.70% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Porterville in 2010 was $17,330, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $69,320 for a family of four. However, Porterville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Porterville is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Porterville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Porterville residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Porterville also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 64.62% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Porterville include Irish, English, Italian, and French .
Foreign born people are also an important part of Porterville's cultural character, accounting for 20.95% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Porterville is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Laotian.