Porterville lies in the San Joaquin Valley in the south-central region of California. The famous Sierra Nevada mountain range encompasses the community on three sides, which provides an amazing backdrop and a wealth of options for outdoor activities. The city also serves as the portal to the Giant Sequoia National Monument, the Sequoia National Forest and the Kings Canyon National Parks. The charming downtown area features boutique stores, a variety of eateries and entertainment in the form of a multicultural art center and historic murals. When deciding to rent property in this appealing city, you'll have access to some of California's best landscapes.
Spaniards and Europeans considered the area desolate and undesirable until the 1848 gold rush. Miners, pioneers and schooners then arrived in search of wealth. While many failed in their endeavors for gold, some discovered the richness of the soil and established farms. The railroad constructed a route through the area four decades later, which brought more residents and encouraged industrial growth. Industry remains a major economic contributor today in the community that boasts about 55,175 residents.
The spectacular location of the community beckons for you to escape the surroundings of your neighborhood in order to explore what the environment has to offer. Within the >Sequoia National Forest is the Sequoia National Monument. Some of the largest trees on the planet thrive here. The famous Boole Tree stands 269 feet in height and has a circumference of 112 feet. The forests also feature creeks, lakes and rivers that are perfect for camping, fishing, hiking and hunting. Rent a boat or canoe and venture along the waterways. If you're adventurous, go rock climbing. The game animals that reside here also attract hunters.
If your interests lie in cultural activities, take in a show at the Frank "Buck" Shaffer Auditorium or at the Barn Theater. Learn about local history by visiting Porterville Museum and the historic Zalud House. The museum features artifacts and crafts from the Yokuts Native American culture.
The city spans just under 18 square miles, which makes it easy for you to travel around the community on foot, by bike or private vehicle. The Portville Airport is convenient for leaving or arriving into the community, and the public transit system features bus services within city limits.
If you are considering finding an apartment for rent in a neighborhood close to a higher education institution, Porterville College has a number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for the applied arts and sciences. The National University in Bakersfield lies within an hour's drive from the city, and the San Joaquin Valley College in Visalia is another possibility.
The Porterville Developmental Center is one of the largest employers in the city. Employees hold positions in a variety of fields ranging from education to health care. If you are looking for a job in the neighborhood of education, the local school district supports 10 elementary schools, three middle schools and four high schools. Wal-Mart serves as the community's third largest employer.