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  • Oxnard has a Livability Score of 58/100, which is considered poor
  • Oxnard crime rates are 15% lower than the California average
  • Cost of living in Oxnard is 4% lower than the California average
  • Oxnard real estate prices are 11% lower than the California average
  • Rental prices in Oxnard are 8% higher than the California average

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      Oxnard, CA

      Oxnard, California is found in Ventura County. It is actually the largest city in this county with a population of over 200,000 people. It lies between the Oxnard Plain used for farming and downtown Los Angeles. Many consider this city as part of the Los Angeles area. There is a rich Native American history in Oxnard, along with a sugar beet history by Henry T. Oxnard.

      There are seven neighborhoods throughout Oxnard. There are neighborhood councils for each f the seven too increase safety and awareness of the happenings in the city and in each of the neighborhoods. Downtown Oxnard is where most events and activities are to be found in the city. Most individuals live along the beachfront, with the sand and shore within walking distance to one's home.

      Homes in Oxnard are less than the California average price of homes. This is not to say that the home prices are lower than those found in the rest of the country, however. The average price of homes in the city is right below $300,000. The average price of rent in Oxnard is around $2000, proving to be more expensive than many other rental prices across the country.

      The cost of living when considering other bills continues to be less expensive than the rest of California. Utility prices in Oxnard are significantly lower than those in the rest of the country as well. Grocery costs are slightly more expensive than those found throughout the rest of the state and the rest of the country, however. Transportation is less expensive than the rest of transportation prices in California when considering gas prices and public transportation prices.

      The Oxnard Transit Center is the primary company behind public transportation in the city. This transit center offers bus routes through Greyhound buses. There are also Amtrak train services available through the center to go to other cities throughout California. Ventura Intercity Service Transit Authority offers public bus transportation throughout Oxnard and the rest of Ventura County.

      The Pacific Ocean hugs the coastline seen around Oxnard. You are sure to catch a wave4 when moving to this town. There are also various museums throughout to showcase the culture such as Carnegie Art Museum. Many festivals and events occur throughout the year in Oxnard as well including the California Strawberry Festival. There is always something happening in this city.

      Oxnard is truly a beautiful and unique city. There is a distinct Native American and farming history among the beachfront and fertile lands that are presently there. Oxnard has a great affordability compared to the rest of the state of California. There are numerous events and activities to engage in as well involving art and the farming lifestyle that continues there today.

      Top Rated Schools in Oxnard

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Christa Mcauliffe ElementaryKG - 575532%
      Oxnard High9 - 122,81431%
      Rio Del MarKG - 549430%
      Charles Blackstock Junior High6 - 81,21427%
      Rio Lindo ElementaryKG - 549027%
      Rio RosalesKG - 554026%
      Norman R. Brekke ElementaryKG - 563826%
      Ocean View Junior High6 - 882726%
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      First I want to say thank you for keeping oxnard small. I know it is the largest city in ventura county but with the ratings liste on this website you would think oxnard is way worse than it is. I moved to Ventura county in 2013 and since then I've moved a couple of time and I've had nothing but positive experiences. Oxnard is a working class city so it's income is relatively lower than the surrounding area. Family is big here, you will find 5-8 people living in a house but it's because there are several generations living under one roof. Families in oxnard tend to care for their elderly in the house purchased or rented by the elderly. Oxnard has old homes, but new home are always being constructed. I moved here from the east coast so my impression of a bad community is clearly different than those listed here. If you are thinking of moving to oxnard, do your research. The city is majority Latino/a , white and then other. IMHO oxnard gets a bad rap because the rival majority of people that live here are people of color.

      Oxnard beach are pretty cool, there are tons of hiking just minutes away. There tons of history in the area, and the strawberry festival is pretty cool.
      I don't go out in oxnard, most of bar area latino/a. I usually go to ventura with is a 5-10min drive.
      Dining is pretty awesome, oxnard has a small town feel (meaning there are many mom and pop resturants), but it also had the established resturants/fast food. The surrounding areas have great dining choices.
      Oxnard has the collection for shopping but there are also the mall in ventura and the outlet mall in camarillo which is again a 10 min drive. But again don't move here, I like it the way it is.
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      Think twice before moving here (Riverpark)! A few things to consider. . .

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      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
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      Trash inoxnard

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      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
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      Beautiful Beaches and Outdoor Living

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      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.
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      Oxnard, CA - Think Twice About Relocation

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      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.
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      Source: The Oxnard, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).