Oxnard is a relatively large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 207,254 people and 39 constituent neighborhoods, Oxnard is the 19th largest community in California.
Housing costs in Oxnard are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Oxnard is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 36.66% of the Oxnard workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Oxnard is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and farmers, fishers, or foresters. There are especially a lot of people living in Oxnard who work in office and administrative support (12.73%), farm management occupations (12.70%), and sales jobs (10.73%).
Oxnard is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
The percentage of adults in Oxnard with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 15.89% of adults in Oxnard have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Oxnard in 2010 was $20,651, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $82,604 for a family of four. However, Oxnard contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Oxnard is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Oxnard home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Oxnard residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Oxnard also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 74.39% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Oxnard include Irish, English, Italian, and French .
Foreign born people are also an important part of Oxnard's cultural character, accounting for 36.88% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Oxnard is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Tagalog.