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City of Oxnard

  •   State: 
    Ventura County
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    34°11′29″N 119°10′57″W
      Area total: 
    39.14 sq mi
      Area land: 
    26.53 sq mi (68.70 km²)
      Area water: 
    12.62 sq mi (32.68 km²)
    52 ft (16 m)
    1542; Incorporated June 30, 1903
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA
    Pacific Standard Time (PST) UTC-8:00; Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) UTC-7:00
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    Oxnard, Ventura County, California, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    7,616.40 residents per square mile of area (2,940.71/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Oxnard is the most populous city in Ventura County and the 22nd-most-populous city in California. It is at the western edge of the fertile Oxnard Plain, adjacent to agricultural fields with strawberries, lima beans and other vegetable crops. Oxnard is also a major transportation hub in Southern California, with Amtrak, Union Pacific, Metrolink, Greyhound, and Intercalifornias stopping there. The town also has significant connections to the nearby oil fields Oxnard Oil Field and the West Montalvo Oil Field. The high density of oil, industry and agricultural activities around the city, have led to several environmental issues.Oxnard was incorporated as a California city on June 30, 1903, and the public library was opened in 1907. Prior to and during World War II, the naval bases of Point Mugu and Port Hueneme were established in the area to take advantage of the only major navigable port on California's coast between the Port of Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay. In June 2004, the Oxnard Police and the Ventura County Sheriff imposed a gang injunction over a 6.6-square-mile (17 km²) area of the central district of the city. Prohibited activities include associating with other known gang members, witness intimidation, possessing firearms, or using gang gestures. Since then, court decisions have made more stringent civil orders stemming from civil lawsuits stemming from more stringent lawsuits. The city's population was 202,063 in 2020, and is largely Latino.


Oxnard was incorporated as a California city on June 30, 1903, and the public library was opened in 1907. Oxnard grew and developed the areas outside the downtown with homes, industry, retail, and a new harbor named Channel Islands Harbor. The naval bases of Point Mugu and Port Hueneme were established in the area to take advantage of the only major navigable port on California's coast between the Port of Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay. Martin V. ("Bud") Smith (1916-2001) became an influential developer. In June 2004, the Oxnard Police Department and the Ventura County Sheriff imposed a gang injunction over a 6.6-square-mile (17 km²) area of the central district of the city, in order to restrict gang activity. A similar injunction was imposed in September 2006 over a 4.26- square- mile (11.0 km²), south side of city. Prohibited activities include associating with other known gang members, witness intimidation, possessing firearms or using gang gestures. As a result of budget cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, theOxnard police stopped maintaining and enforcing the injunction in 2020. The city is now commemorated on the National Register of Historic Places as the Henry T. Oxard Historic District. The Oxnard factory with its landmark twin smokestacks operated from August 19, 1899, until October 26, 1959. The town is named after the Greek word for "sugar", zachari, but frustrated by bureaucracy, named it after himself.


Oxnard is on a tectonically active plate, since most of Coastal California is near the boundaries between the Pacific and North American Plates. The Oak Ridge Fault straddles the Santa Clara River Valley westward from the Santa Susana Mountains, crosses the Oxnard Plain through Oxnard, and extends into the Santa Barbara Channel. The coastline is subject to inundation by a tsunami up to 23 feet in height. Oxnard has more coastal power plants than any other city in California, with three fossil-fuel power plants providing energy for cities in both Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) has identified Oxnard as a city excessively burdened by multiple sources of pollution. The city is situated in a Mediterranean (dry subtropical) climate zone, experiencing mild and relatively wet winters, and warm, dry summers. The average annual precipitation is 15.62 in (397 mm) Oxnard is one of the nation's leading strawberry producers, with Strawberries depend on large applications of fumigants containing pesticides. The last self-sustaining population of the Ventura Marsh Milkvetch is in Oxnard in the center of an approved housing development. The balance of wildlife is similar to that of most places in southern California. Small mammals are common in urbanized areas, like squirrels, raccoons, and skunks. Coyotes prey on these smaller mammals. Small birds and mammals can be food for stray, feral, and pet dogs and cats.


The 2010 United States Census reported that Oxnard had a population of 197,899. The racial makeup of Oxnard included 95,346 (48.2%) White, 5,771 (2.9%) African American, 2,953 (1.5%) Native American, 14,550 (7.4%) Asian, 658 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 69,527 (35.1%) from other races, and 9,094 (4.6%) from two or more races. Non-Hispanic Whites were 14.9% of the population in 2010, compared to 42.6% in 1980. There were 52,772 housing units at an average density of 1,962 per square mile (758/km²), of which 27,760 (55.7%) were owner-occupied, and 22,037 (44.3) were occupied by renters. In 2000, there were 170,358 people, 43,576 households, and 34,947 families residing in the city. The average household size was 3.95, and the average family size was 4.20. Two-thirds of the city was Hispanic or Latino of any race, with 73.5% of its population being Hispanic or Latinos. The city's median age was 29.9 years, with 59,018 people (29.8%) under the age of 18, 23,913 people (12.1) aged 18 to 24, 57,966 people (29.3!) aged 25 to 44, 40,584 people (20.5) aged 45 to 64, and 16,418 people (8.3%).


Oxnard is a manufacturing center in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The Port of Hueneme is the only deep-harbor commercial port between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Procter & Gamble and Sysco maintain their West Coast operations in Oxnard. Oxnard is California's largest strawberry producer, supplying about one-third of the State's annual strawberry volume. An Amazon fulfillment center opened in 2022 that serves Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo counties. The city council adopted a "go slow" approach upon the legalization of recreational cannabis in California. In October 2020, city officials announced that once a large swath of agricultural land is fully developed into a business park by late 2021, it estimates that up to 8,700 jobs will be created in the area. The top employers in the city are Haas Automation, Seminis, Raypak, Drum Workshop, Borla Performance, Boss Audio, Seed Beauty, and Robbins Auto Tops. The state of California supplies over 85 percent of U.S. strawberries, with a quarter of total world production of strawberries. The peak harvesting season in California runs from April through June, when up to 10 million pint baskets of strawberries are shipped daily. The Greenhouse Whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum) is very economically impactful in this town. Much of the research and effort is expended here and in Watsonville and Salinas, where the city is located. A special-use permit was approved for the first retail store in an Oxnard neighborhood shopping center in February 2022.

Arts and culture

Oxnard cultural institutions include the Carnegie Art Museum, founded in 1907 as the Oxnard Public Library by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Heritage Square in downtown is a collection of restored Victorian and Craftsman houses that were once owned by Oxnard's pioneer ranching families. The Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center is home to the New West Symphony. During late July, the annual Salsa Festival is held in downtown Oxnard, featuring a salsa tasting tent, local bands, a large dance floor, local vendors, as well as many salsa based food vendors. The Herzog Winery is based in Oxnard along with other wine tasting rooms. The annual Channel Islands Tall Ships Festival takes place in the city's harbor in late July and early August. The Henry T. Oxnard Historic District is adjacent to the commercial downtown area and dates back to the founding of the city in 1858. The city is located on the banks of the Channel Islands, which are home to a number of marine protected species, including the endangered Channel Islands Sea lion and Channel Island gull. The Channel Islands Maritime Museum was founded by the late L.A. Times publisher Otis Chandler in the early 1900s. The City of Oxnard was founded in 1838 by the son of the founder of the Los Angeles Times, and was named after the town's first post-World War I mayor, William Oxnard. The town is located in the Central Coast region of California and has a population of about 4,000.


The Dallas Cowboys held their pre-season training camp at River Ridge Field in Oxnard in 2001, 200406, 200810 and 2012-16. On February 4, 2016, the Los Angeles Rams selected Oxnard to be the site of their Official Team Activities and mini camp. River Ridge Golf Course has two 18-hole courses flanked by housing developments. The Rams will use the facility from April 18 to June 17 and the locker room space from March 28 until June 24. The city of Oxnard and the Rams reached a tentative agreement to host official team activities or OTAs and minicamp on February 19, 2016. The Los Angeles Raiders trained at River ridge in the 1980s and 90s. The New Orleans Saints trained inOxnard in 2011. The Dallas Cowboys trained at California Lutheran University in nearby Thousand Oaks in 196389. The LA Rams trained at the River Ridge Playing Fields facility in 2001 and 200810, and in 2011 and 2012, and again in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The Oxnard City Council voted unanimously 5-0 on February 23, 2016 to allow the LA Rams to use the river Ridge playing fields facility from March 18 until June 17. The team will also use the locker rooms from March 24 to June 24, and from March 26 to June 23, and on March 28 to June 25, from March 27 to June 26, from April 28 to July 14. The facility is located on the banks of the Nipomo River, which runs through Oxnard. The Nippo River runs through the city.


Oxnard lies within the 26th congressional district, which is represented by Democrat Julia Brownley. Brownley is seeking a second term in the House of Representatives. The district is home to the California State Assembly. The state Senate is also located in the district, but is not in the same district as the House.


Oxnard is served by 54 public school campuses which provide education to more than 53,000 students in grades K12. The city is served on the collegiate level by Oxnard College and nearby California State University Channel Islands. Oxnard Union High School District (OUHSD) provides high school education to 20,000Students at 10 campuses in three cities (Oxnard, Camarillo and Port Hueneme) as well as the unincorporated areas of El Rio, Somis, Silver Strand, and Hollywood Beach. There are a number of private K8 schools in Oxnard which are administered by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the non-denominational Mary Law Private School. On February 12, 2008, a shooting involving students occurred at E.O. Green Junior High School. Larry King was shot in one of the classrooms where he was later taken to St. John's Hospital and died. Santa Clara High School is a private Catholic high school, as is Channel Islands High School, Oxnard High School and Oxnard Middle College High School in the city. Additionally, California Lutheran University, California State. University, Northridge, University of Phoenix, University. of California, Santa Barbara, National University, and Azusa Pacific University have satellite campuses inOxnard. The City of Oxnard is located in the Central Coast region of California and is located on the California Bay Area coast. It is located near the California-Nevada border and the San Diego County line.


A free public library system is operated by the city of Oxnard, California. Some library sites include a Homework Center and an adjacent daycare center. The Downtown Main Library, the Colonia Branch Library, and the South Oxnard Branch Library are located in downtown Oxnard. The city also operates a branch library in Colonia, which is located in the suburb of Colonia. The South Oxford Branch Library has a branch in the town of South Oxford, where the city's main library is located. The library system has three locations in the city: Downtown, Colonia and South Oxford. It is free and open to the public at all times, with no admission fees or fees for use of any of the library sites. The system also offers a free library card for the public to use at any of its three locations.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Oxnard, Ventura County, California = 24. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 44. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 80. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Oxnard = 6 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 2,353 individuals with a median age of 31.3 age the population grows by 11.54% in Oxnard, Ventura County, California population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 7,616.40 residents per square mile of area (2,940.71/km²). There are average 3.92 people per household in the 47,723 households with an average household income of $60,839 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 15.00% of the available work force and has dropped -6.07% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 12.86%. The number of physicians in Oxnard per 100,000 population = 190.7.


The annual rainfall in Oxnard = 14.8 inches and the annual snowfall = 0.1 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 32. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 276. 74 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 44.3 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 50, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Oxnard, Ventura County, California which are owned by the occupant = 55.39%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 34 years with median home cost = $290,070 and home appreciation of -11.12%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $7.62 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,040 per student. There are 22.8 students for each teacher in the school, 6977 students for each Librarian and 872 students for each Counselor. 6.01% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 9.03% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 4.60% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Oxnard's population in Ventura County, California of 1,036 residents in 1900 has increased 2,27-fold to 2,353 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 48.77% female residents and 51.23% male residents live in Oxnard, Ventura County, California.

    As of 2020 in Oxnard, Ventura County, California are married and the remaining 43.41% are single population.

  • 24.9 minutes is the average time that residents in Oxnard require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    66.92% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 25.28% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 1.27% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 1.84% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Oxnard, Ventura County, California, 55.39% are owner-occupied homes, another 40.17% are rented apartments, and the remaining 4.44% are vacant.

  • The 43.53% of the population in Oxnard, Ventura County, California who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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