The city of Oxnard, that was incorporated during the year 1903, is currently the biggest city in Ventura County. It runs right along the pacific coastline and is thirty five miles south of Santa Barbara and 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
One of the most desirable things about Oxnard is it's really fertile soil. That, together with the temperate weather and the long harvest season, make Oxnard an extremely agricultural rich area. Farmers could often get double, even triple, the amount of crops harvested on the same piece of land every year.
The financial system of Oxnard was almost exclusively and originally based on agricultural and oil. Now, the economy has grown along with the city. It all started off by cattle grazing and farming sugar beets/beans. Intensive farming followed shortly after. A strange twist was the shift from intensive farming to working in the defence industry. Nowadays, the city is focusing on developing industrial, housing and commercial opportunities. Oxnard prides itself on keeping an even balance between honouring their agricultural background but still progressing further into the fields of business and technology.
Oxnard has gone through a population boom in the past fifty years. Even though this has provided difficulties to the government, it has likewise been a blessing because it has created exceptional opportunities for young entrepreneurs to start up businesses.
The top companies in the city are in biotechnology, duplicating and packaging videocassettes, health insurance, mortgage lending, education, and telephone services and equipment. The governments (state, federal and local) also hire a large percent of the residents. Because of its ideal location near Highway 101, the city is attracting several high-technology businesses. The Port of Hueneme, that unloads, sends and loads cars and fruit overseas, is really vital to the economy. Point Mugu and Port Hueneme are also home to a large portion of the US Navy.