Located along the coast of Southern California. Oxnard is the 19th most populated city in California and the most populated here in Ventura County. Oxnard is located 60 miles west of downtown Los Angeles and is part of the larger Greater Los Angeles area. The population of Oxnard in 2017 was 207,906.
Oxnard was incorporated in 1903. It is located at the western edge of the fertile Oxnard Plain, sitting adjacent to an agricultural center of strawberries and lima beans. Oxnard is a major transportation center for Southern California, with Amtrak, Union Pacific, Metrolink, Greyhound, and Intercalifornia, all servicing Oxnard. Oxnard also has a small regional airport called Oxnard Airport.
Prior to the Europeans, the area that is now Oxnard was inhabited by Chumash Native Americans. The first European to come upon the area was a Portuguese explorer named João Rodrigues Cabrilho, who claimed it for Spain in 1542.
The City of Oxnard contains about 20 miles of scenic, relatively uncrowded coastline. The beaches in Oxnard are extensive and the sand is particularly soft. Oxnards Sand Dunes have been used to recreate Middle-Eastern desert dunes in many movies such as The Sheik with Rudolph Valentino. There are very few rocks or driftwood piles at most beaches, and Oxnard has good surfing at many of its beaches.
Oxnard has a combination of neighborhoods, a developed urban downtown, coastline, and harbor areas. The city is characterized by one and two-story buildings, the only exception being several high rises in the northern part of the city. The city is surrounded by agricultural land and the Ocean, as well as the Santa Clara River.
Oxnard’s economic success is driven by the defense industry, agriculture, international trade, manufacturing, and tourism. Oxnard is one of the key manufacturing centers for the Greater Los Angeles Area and the Port of Hueneme is the busiest and only deep-harbor commercial port between Los Angeles and San Francisco. This makes Oxnard vital to trade with Pacific Rim economies. Companies utilizing the Port include Del Monte Foods, Chiquita, BMW, Land Rover, and Jaguar. Two large active oil fields underlie the city and adjacent areas: the Oxnard Oil Field, east of the city along 5th Street, and the West Montalvo Oil Field along the coast to the west of town.
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