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Porterville is full of history and small town charm, with an array of family oriented activities scheduled year round. It is centrally located between the big cities to the north and south, the Pacific Ocean to the West, and just minutes away from the glorious mountains to the East. Porterville is also home to a large man-made body of water, Lake Success, that when in season, offers a great deal of recreational activities. There is always plenty to see and do in Porterville and its surrounding areas.
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- Porterville was awarded the All-America City Award in 1994.
- Porterville is the setting of the fiction novel, Lucifer's Hammer, in which the town is destroyed by the collapse of the dam at Success Lake.
- Porterville has two sister cities; La Barca, Mexico, and Hamamatsu, Japan.
- Porterville has three structures that are listed in the National Registry of Historic Places (NRHP);
- The First Congregational Church
- US Post Office- Porterville Main
- The Zalud House Museum
- Marv Acton- NASCAR driver
- Barbara Baxley- Film, stage and television actress
- Dick Brooks- NASCAR driver
- Brant Brown- Major League Baseball Outfielder (Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins)
- Tex Clevenger- Major League Baseball Pitcher (Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees)
- Steve Cox- Major League Baseball First baseman (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
- Sim Iness- Olympic Gold Medalist (Discus)
- Monte Moore- Longtime Major League Baseball and Oakland Athletics broadcaster
- Rance Mulliniks- Major League Baseball Infielder (California Angels, Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays)
- Rick Owens- Fashion designer
- Bear Pascoe- NFL player (New York Giants)
- James Sanders- NFL Safety (New England Patriots)
- Bill Sharman- NBA Hall of Fame player and coach
- Joe Soto- Professional mixed martial arts fighter
- Tim Vanni- Two-time Olympic Wrestler, National Wrestling Hall of Fame
- Margaret Hamilton- Actress (The Wizard of Oz)
- Victor Leyva- NFL player (Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots)