Porter Ranch is a small, affluent neighborhood located in the northwest region of the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California, bounded by Chatsworth on the south and west, Northridge on the South and Granada Hills on the northeast and east. Located in the hilly northwestern tip of the San Fernando Valley, Porter Ranch is a quiet and once popular outpost of Los Angeleans seeking refuge from the urban hubbub. At about five and a half square miles, Porter Ranch has a population of a little more than 22,000 making it a very quiet and safe neighborhood of Los Angeles to live in; in fact, Porter Ranch has 60% fewer total crimes than the average for Los Angeles. In addition to the low crime rates, Porter Ranch boasts a graduation rate 28% higher than the rest of Los Angeles.
Porter Ranch’s location, safety and graduation rates make it a more expensive area to live with a median home value 42% higher than Los Angeles at $645,000. Those living in Porter Ranch have a median household income of $111,000 – 122% higher than the rest of Los Angeles! The higher cost of living in Porter Ranch does not necessarily equate to greater access to amenities. Most, if not all, of Porter Ranch’s amenities are located in the main shopping center on Rinaldi, so many residents will have to seek out other options in the neighboring cities around Porter Ranch. And, because of its location off the 118, Los Angeles is harder to access limiting many amenities and entertainment options for those living in Porter Ranch.
Even though Porter Ranch has limited access to amenities, it features a plethora of large parks ideal for families who enjoy spending time in and viewing the surrounding mountains. These parks include Moonshine Canyon Park, Palisades Park, Browns Creek Canyon, Stoney Point Park, and Aliso Canyon Park. Porter Ranch was once known for having some of the cleanest air in the Valley – attributable to the winds that regularly sweep through the community. However, after the major gas blowout in the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility – one of the largest facilities of its kind in the United States, that was only recently fixed in February, 2016, many residents had to be evacuated from their homes and reported illnesses caused by the chemicals released into the area. As of March, 2016, homes in Porter Ranch were still testing positive for the presence of heavy metals and other toxic chemicals. The community is recovering, but many residents have decided to not return to the area.