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Quality of Life


Oxnard is a charming community by the sea, offering coastal beauty at its finest. Located on the beautiful Southern California coast, Oxnard is not overcrowded, but has a comfortable smaller-town atmosphere with all the advantages and culture of a big city.

Our attractive community by the Pacific Ocean is an ideal place to raise a family and run a business. It is also a destination for visitors because of its beautiful long stretches of sandy beaches, outstanding hospitality and accommodations. The ideal Southern California weather offers boundless recreational opportunities all year long for everyone.

The City of Oxnard is proud of its outstanding quality of life, strong economy, fine schools, excellent healthcare, low crime rate and the Chamber’s contributions to the community. These features and more have made Oxnard ready for the challenges of the year 2011 and beyond.

Attractive residential areas are located among tree-lined streets, parks and beaches. The city has few high-rise buildings, and there is a comfortable downtown business district where people have been doing business for years. All of Oxnard has a pleasant suburban atmosphere.

Those who are fortunate enough to live in Oxnard enjoy a spirit of community pride; excellent healthcare facilities; outstanding educational opportunities; a wide variety of housing choices; and a dynamic, balanced economy.

Oxnard offers a wide selection of shopping opportunities and an exciting range of restaurants and cuisine for every taste.

Oxnard, along with the region surrounding it, made of a list of the 75 best college towns in the United States, a list that also includes Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz. The 2010 list was compiled by the American Institute for Economic Research, which analyzed 222 metropolitan areas. The institute considered student diversity, cost of living, art and leisure, and professional opportunities, among other criteria, in evaluating college towns. Oxnard, which ranked 18th among small-city college towns, scored high in three categories: arts and leisure, entrepreneurial activities and earning potential.


The City of Oxnard offers residents a diverse range of high-quality residential options. The city offers everything from one-of-kind waterfront homes to neighborhoods of single-family residences on tree-lined streets. The options include modern apartments and condominiums within the city or near the water, as well as Victorian-style homes. Oxnard is an excellent place to live and raise a family.



The City of Oxnard is 36.6 square miles, with an elevation of 53 feet above sea level (near City Hall). Oxnard is located with the shore of the Pacific Ocean as its southwesterly border. The City of Ventura is northwest of Oxnard, Camarillo is to the east, and Oxnard surrounds Port Hueneme to the south. Oxnard is approximately 60 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles and 35 miles south of Santa Barbara.


The Oxnard Plain experiences a mild, Mediterranean climate typical of Southern California. Average temperatures in the Oxnard area are 70° F high, a 52.4° F low, and an overall mean temperature of 60° F. Precipitation averages 14.45 inches per year, with the majority of rainfall occurring from November through March.

Oxnard History

In 1896, local farmers began experimenting with sugar beets in addition to barley and lima beans. A prominent local farmer, Albert Maulhardt, visited Henry T. Oxnard and his three brothers’ American Beet Sugar factory in Chino, which led him to plant sugar beets for shipment to the plant. Maulhardt’s success persuaded other ranchers to switch from grain to sugar beets. Encouraged by a pledge of 18,000 acres of sugar beets from local farmers, the Oxnard brothers completed construction of a sugar beet factory adjacent to the beet fields in 1898 on what was then known as Rancho Colonia. The massive brick factory, with its 150-foot smokestacks, was located a few blocks northeast of a town-site that, five years later, would become the City of Oxnard.

The sugar beet factory was responsible for another significant event—bringing a spur line of the Southern Pacific Railroad to the plant site and passenger service to the community.

Oxnard was incorporated in 1903 by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, who officially named the city after the Oxnard brothers who established the American Beet Sugar Company between 1887 and 1889. The city grew steadily into what is the largest city in Ventura County, with a population of just over 200,000 residents.


The Oxnard Downtown Management District is a Property-Based Business Improvement District (PBID), established in 2001 and renewed and expanded in 2006. The PBID encompasses over 40 blocks, 300 merchants and over 2,800 free public parking stalls, situated three miles south of U.S. Highway 101.

One of the city’s most ambitious and successful revitalization efforts in downtown was the creation of Heritage Square. Fourteen turn-of-the-century structures were relocated onto a single block and restored to their original beauty—resulting in the homes being repurposed as professional offices, a location for events and one of the area’s most popular restaurants.

With the addition of the Oxnard Transportation Center; Centennial Plaza, featuring a 14-screen multiplex; excellent restaurants with outdoor patio seating; a multilevel parking structure; and the newly completed City Civic Center housing the Fire Administration, Community Development, Traffic and Engineering and Public Works, Downtown Oxnard is quickly becoming a charming shopping and convenient business center.


Downtown Oxnard is one of California’s earliest downtowns. Explore the rich history, traditions and culture. Celebrate family-friendly events, art shows, live theatre and holiday parades.

Many of Oxnard’s oldest and best-loved events are held in Downtown Oxnard.

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