At first glance, Oxnard (Riverpark) may seem like a viable and affordable place to live and (in all honesty) it is more affordable than surrounding towns such as Camarillo, Newbury Park, Summerland and Santa Barbara, but with affordability comes some serious problems and some points to consider:Crime/Vandalism: Both are high here. . .even in the nicer and newer parts of Oxnard such as Riverpark which borders one of the worst crime areas in Oxnard. Bad people doing bad things bleed over in this area as it is certainly not a gated community. At first glance during the day, it seems nice, new, clean, with newer housing and pretty parks, etc. However, after spending some time living here and being the victim of crime in this area, I would certainly never live here again. Sadly, vandalism can be seen in the new parks as people just don't care and with poverty comes ignorance and with ignorance comes lack of pride in a community.Unfriendly: There is a high rental community which means a lot of people in and out. Neighbors generally keep to themselves. People will say hello if prompted, but don't expect to make long-term friends with your neighbors as nobody is really interested. As a lower income town, people generally work during the day and keep to themselves at night.Shopping/Nightlife: The Collection (adjacent shopping center) does offer decent shopping, dining and nightlife. It is rather convenient to have a Target nearby. Friday and Saturday nights/evenings, however, are chaotic as this is the one and only shopping and dining destination in Oxnard. Beware that The Collection does become the high school hangout spot around 5:00 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday nights for the 15-18 year-old crowd which just generally means to expect LARGE GROUPS of teenagers generally congregating around The Collection while security desperately tries to break up the loitering. There is the most concentrated cases of shoplifting during these times so don't be surprised to see high concentrations of police and people being escorted out of stores in handcuffs during these times. (I've seen this on each and every Friday and Saturday evening/night that I have been there).Filthy/Dirty: The town of Oxnard, in general, is pretty dirty. It is an older town with some newer developments sprinkled in. Grocery stores are generally run down and I go out of town to do grocery shopping as the options available here are not great and dingy. Poverty: As the statistics on this site state, Oxnard is an older city with a large population that is generally uneducated. With the lack of education in this town there seems to be poverty to go along with it. I think Riverpark is trying to change this by attracting young professionals and families, but don't be too surprised to find eight to nine people living in one house/condo despite rules against such. If you can overlook some of these points, then Riverpark may be for you. For me, though, Riverpark missed the mark and did not meet my standard of living.Would I live here again? NEVERIs it a good place to live for those with a high standard of living? NOIs there a good sense of community here? NOGood place for a family? NODo I wish someone would have informed me of the downfalls before moving here? YESWould I recommend a friend or family member live here? NO
Oxnard is the dirtiest town in California. On olds road between ocean view school and port hueneme road. There are mattresses chairs couches and big bags of trash. And all along the fences by the fields is trash. It is like a third world country. There is always trash along Woolley road by th railroad tracks. Why doesn't the city clean up this town. I would not recommend anyone live here it is not a town to be proud of. I cannot wait to sell my home and get out of this dirty place
If you speak spanish and love the latino community then this is the place for you. If you'd like employment, you must speak spanish. If you are retired this is an excellent community. There is not much to do here for singles as there is virtually no night life. It is a great place for beaches and outdoor living. There is a high concentration on Mexican's and the Mexican heritage. Certain areas are kind of run down but the beach communities are nice.
If you are considering moving to Oxnard, Ca, I would have to advise against it. The crime rates in Oxnard are rather high. I don't mean petty crimes either. There are violent crimes widespread, such as stabbings and robberies. I know every city has its crime, but personally I would not want to raise a family in that kind of environment. I wasn't in town long, but what I witnessed was enough.
On the plus side, the food is good. You won't starve in Oxnard. There are restaurants in Oxnard lining the streets. The food is excellent. We made it a point to try a different restaurant each night we were there. I swear I gained 5 lbs by the end of the trip. They also have a great little farmer's market there. The vegetables are beautiful and delicious. Everything is reasonably priced, too. If you are in the city during the spring, check out the Oxnard Strawberry Festival. It is quite fun.