A+ Oxnard Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Oxnard Cost of Living Cost of living is 4% lower than California
13434% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Oxnard cost of living
D Oxnard Crime Total crime is 2% lower than California
Total crime
2,7667% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 377% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-18%Year over year crime is down
Oxnard crime
D Oxnard Employment Household income is 3% lower than California
Median household income
$61,70912% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$21,10229% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%23% higher than the US average
Oxnard employment
D+ Oxnard Housing Home value is 11% lower than California
Median home value
$362,90096% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,39647% higher than the US average
Home ownership
53%16% lower than the US average
Oxnard real estate or Oxnard rentals
F Oxnard Schools HS graduation rate is 19% lower than California
High school grad. rates
64%23% lower than the US average
School test scores
19%62% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:132% higher than the US average
Oxnard K-12 schools or Oxnard colleges

Living in Oxnard, CA

Oxnard, California is a large city with a population of 204,752 inhabitants. With a population density of 7,562 people per square mile, Oxnard is well above the nation's average density level. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (76% White). Given that fact, Oxnard could be considered less diverse than other cities. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Oxnard are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 61% of the population also speak Spanish. The median age of all Oxnard residents is 31, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles.

Living in Oxnard can be a good experience for anyone relocating to the city. Having said that, in the state of California, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Oxnard and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Oxnard to California and the national average.

The livability score in Oxnard is 61/100 and the city is ranked in the 22nd percentile of all cities across America. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Oxnard has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+) and weather (A-). Oxnard does not do well for the following: crime (D-), cost of living (F), education (F) and employment (D). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Oxnard, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Channel Islands Harbor, Sail Channel Islands Day Tours, and Herzog Wine Cellars.

Oxnard real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Oxnard. Median real estate prices in Oxnard come in at $362,900, which is 11.3% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Oxnard, the home price to income ratio is 5.9, which is 7.8% lower than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Oxnard area were 5.5% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 9.5%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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      Think twice before moving here (Riverpark)! A few things to consider. . .

      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
      • 3 -3
      Trash inoxnard

      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
      • 3 -3
      Beautiful Beaches and Outdoor Living

      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

      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).