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 209,877 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. 38.42% 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 professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Oxnard who work in farm management occupations (12.97%), office and administrative support (11.81%), and sales jobs (9.24%).
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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
The percentage of adults in Oxnard who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.15% of the adults in Oxnard have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Oxnard in 2010 was $22,914, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $91,656 for a family of four. However, Oxnard contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Oxnard is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Oxnard home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Oxnard, accounting for 73.69% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Oxnard residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Oxnard include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Oxnard's cultural character, accounting for 35.27% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Oxnard is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Tagalog.