A beautiful coastline, temperate climate, vibrant arts scene and abundance of year-round recreation in Ventura County contribute to a high quality of life not found in other metropolitan areas. In 2014, 846,178 people called Ventura County home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Naval Base Ventura County, which lies along the Pacific coastline in southwestern Ventura County, is adjacent to Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Camarillo. NB Ventura County employs more than 11,000 military and 9,000 civilian personnel, according to the 2015 U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s Housing Market. Additionally, nearly 47,000 veterans live in the area, according to the U.S. Census.
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Lying along 43 miles of Southern California coastline, Ventura County is situated between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties. Early Spanish settlers described it as the “land of everlasting summers,” or San Buenaventura, which means “good fortune.” Covering 1,873 square miles, Ventura County is flanked by rugged mountains to the north and east, and lies in a coastal plain and valley. The Pacific Ocean extends south and west and provides access to the Channel Islands, also part of
Ventura County was settled atop the highly fertile soil of the Santa Clara River Valley, where the best citrus groves in the state are produced, spawning the Sunkist Growers organization.
Ventura is a major transportation hub for the region. U.S. 101 offers Ventura County easy access to Los Angeles and San Francisco. State Route 118 connects to the San Fernando Valley on the east, and State Route 126 connects to Interstate 5. Metrolink and Amtrak serve commuters from six stations in the region. The Port of Hueneme is a deep-water port, providing Ventura County with port of entry and foreign trade zone status.
At the north end of the county, the Los Padres National Forest comprises 46 percent of the region’s land mass. Agriculture is a thriving billion-dollar industry, contributing to an overall pastoral ambience. As the gateway to Channel Islands National Park, Ventura County extends its open space to this 250,000-acre wilderness preserve and marine sanctuary.
FBI rankings consistently rate Ventura County cities as some of the safest in the country. In this outdoor-oriented community, Ventura County residents enjoy year-round walks on the beach, surfing, hiking, biking, camping, fishing and golfing.
Ventura County Community College District is composed of three two-year community colleges
in Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura. California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo and California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks offer four-year and graduate programs. The county’s public schools are among the best in the state.
Ventura County offers a Mediterranean climate with low humidity and near-perfect average temperatures in the mid-70s. Some areas enjoy more than 300 sunny days annually. Ranging from sea level to the 8,831-foot peak of Mount Pinos, the mountains, valleys and coastal plains give the region a unique variety of six microclimates.
Communities near Naval Base Ventura County include Ventura, Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Camarillo.
601 Carmen Drive
Camarillo, CA 93010
Lying along U.S. 101, Camarillo is midway between Los Angeles to the south and Santa Barbara to the north, ideal for families who want to take advantage of the region’s amenities while living in a prospering small community. Camarillo has 67,608 people, according to the 2015 U.S. Census. The median household income is $87,120.
Situated north of the Santa Monica Mountains and about a 20-minute drive from the Pacific Ocean, Camarillo offers a vibrant lifestyle. The city’s downtown area, known as Old Town, has been revitalized and features a mixture of chain stores, restaurants and locally owned businesses. Like many cities in Ventura County, Camarillo has not seen much new construction, so while homes here are available, they often sell quickly.
Located on the Oxnard Plain just 9 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Camarillo offers a mixture of rural and suburban lifestyles. With more than 300 sunny days annually and an average temperature in the low 70s, Camarillo’s climate is hard to beat.
Camarillo has a strong economic base of high-tech, retail and specialty businesses, supported by a highly educated workforce, modern industrial buildings and a strong relationship with local businesses. The Ventura Freeway is the city’s primary thoroughfare.
Camarillo was named for Adolfo and Juan Camarillo, two of the few Californios (pre-1848 California natives of Hispanic ancestry) who preserved the city’s heritage after the arrival of Anglo settlers. The railroad coastal route came through in 1898, and a station was built. Adolfo Camarillo eventually employed 700 workers growing mainly lima beans. Walnuts and citrus were also grown on the ranch. Adolfo bred Camarillo white horses from the 1920s through the 1960s, riding them in parades such as the Fiesta of Santa Barbara in his colorful
The city developed slowly before World War II but grew after the construction of the Oxnard Army Air Field (now Camarillo Airport) west of town. Nearby Naval Air Station Point Mugu and a Seabee base at Port Hueneme brought many workers and their families to the area. The grounds of Camarillo State Hospital, which opened in 1936 south of town, are now occupied by the campus of California State University Channel Islands.
Apartment rents range from $850 to $2,000 a month for one- and two-bedroom apartments. Mean travel time to work is 22 minutes. Median rent is $1,658, and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $2,542.
City of Port Hueneme
250 N. Ventura Road
Port Hueneme, CA 93041
The city of Port Hueneme (pronounced “Why-nee-mee”) is a small beach community along Ventura County’s Gold Coast just south of the Oxnard and Channel Islands Harbor. Port Hueneme has a population of 22,423, according to the 2015 U.S. Census estimate.
Port Hueneme has a rich history and culture dating to the Chumash Indians who made their home here for centuries. The name comes from the Spanish spelling of the Chumash “wene me,” meaning “resting place.” Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo explored this area and the adjacent Channel Islands in October 1542. The town’s name was officially changed to Port Hueneme in 1939, and it was incorporated in 1948. The city maintains a close relationship with the U.S. Navy’s Port Hueneme and Point Mugu
Port Hueneme is geographically small, with a total land area of only 4.5 square miles. But the city makes up for it in immense pride in its small-town atmosphere, diverse economy, temperate climate, clean air, low-crime rate, quality education and plentiful recreation. The climate is ideal, with mild winter temperatures and cooling midsummer sea breezes that typify Port Hueneme’s subtropical temperate climate. The average annual low temperature is 52 degrees, and the average annual high is 66 degrees. Rainfall averages about 13 inches per year.
Residents of Port Hueneme enjoy quality, coastal-community living for a reasonable cost, with a choice of beachfront condominiums, contemporary single-family residences and low-rise apartments. Since about half of residential property is rental, housing is readily available to buyers and renters alike. Apartment rent ranges from $1,250 for a small one-bedroom to $2,100 for a two-bedroom town house just two blocks from the beach. Median rent for the area is $1,457. Selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,907.
The median household income is $52,826. The city is served by Gold Coast Transit and Vista bus lines. Mean travel time to work is 24 minutes.
300 W. Third St.
Oxnard, CA 93030
Oxnard lies on the Pacific Coast in Southern California about 62 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles and 35 miles south of Santa Barbara. With 207,254 residents estimated in 2015, it is the largest city in Ventura County. Oxnard has a mild climate with an average high of 73 degrees. The weather is so pleasant that most homes do not have air conditioning.
Oxnard, just west of the San Fernando Valley, is known for its uncrowded beaches and the easy access it and neighboring Ventura provide to Channel Islands National Park. Oxnard has 20 miles of shoreline, the sand is soft and the surf is excellent; the wildest breaks are accessible only to members of Point Mugu’s Navy base.
Oxnard was incorporated in 1903 and sits at the western edge of the fertile Oxnard Plain, which is adjacent to an agricultural center of strawberries and lima beans. This is the lima bean and strawberry capital of the world; the California Strawberry Festival is celebrated here in the summer. Oxnard also has a strong arts community with the excellent New West Symphony and the Elite Theatre Company and thriving punk and hip-hop scenes.
Oxnard is a major transportation hub in Southern California, with Amtrak, Union Pacific, Metrolink and Greyhound stopping there, as well as having a small regional airport. The city is named after the family that developed a sugar beet factory — the first major industry — in the 1890s.
Oxnard is the most populous city in the Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is one of the nation’s wealthiest areas. Its economy is driven by international trade, agriculture, manufacturing, defense and tourism. The Port of Hueneme is the best and only deep-harbor commercial port between Los Angeles and San Francisco and is vital to trade with Pacific Rim economies. Other key industries include finance, transportation, technology and oil.
Oxnard is subject to earthquakes because of its location near the San Andreas Fault. The city is 27 square miles. Mean travel time to work is 23.6 minutes. Median rent for a three-bedroom, single-family house is $2,150 and $1,740 for a two-bedroom apartment. Median rent is $1,332, and monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $2,157.
420 E. Santa Clara St.
Ventura, CA 93001
Ventura lies 60 miles northwest of coastal Los Angeles along U.S. 101. Officially San Buenaventura, most people refer to the city as Ventura. The city provides a unique historic and small-town appeal just an hour’s drive from the massive sprawl of Los Angeles. The city’s 1,843 square miles are home to 109,708 residents, according to the 2015 U.S. Census. It remained a somewhat isolated and rural community for much of the 20th century until the 1960s, when the four-lane Ventura Highway (U.S. 101) was completed and expanded.
Beaches abound in Ventura, which is known as one of the best surfing destinations in California. Rincon Point is one of the more popular and crowded surfing areas in the state but makes for a lively sunbathing and observation area. Ventura also provides access to excellent fishing, camping, whale watching, harbor cruises, island exploring, golfing and many other recreational activities.
Downtown Ventura has more than 400 shops and restaurants including high-end retailers, boutiques and vintage shops, bookstores, coffee shops, galleries, museums, theaters and historic sites. San Buenaventura Mission, founded in 1782, is downtown and offers a glimpse into California’s frontier past. The Majestic Theatre is another historic landmark, built in 1928 and decades later converted into a venue that frequently hosts concerts by national performers. Ventura Harbor Village offers additional shopping, dining and seaside activities including boating, kayaking and a harbor as a launching point to explore Channel Islands National Park.
Homes range from established neighborhoods to new housing developments. Median rent for the area is $1,391. Monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $2,270. Mean travel time to work is 23 minutes.