Oxnard is a city in Ventura County, California, United States. On California's South Coast, it is the most populous city in Ventura County and the 22nd most populous city in California. Incorporated in 1903, Oxnard lies approximately 60 miles (97 km) west of downtown Los Angeles and is part of the larger Greater Los Angeles area. It is at the western edge of the fertile Oxnard Plain, adjacent to agricultural fields with strawberries, lima beans and other vegetable crops. Oxnard is also a major transportation hub in Southern California, with Amtrak, Union Pacific, Metrolink, Greyhound, and Intercalifornias stopping there. It also has a small regional airport, Oxnard Airport (OXR). Oxnard's population was 208,881 as of 2019. It is the most populous city in the Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The economy of Oxnard includes defence, international trade, agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism. Oxnard is a manufacturing centre in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The Port of Hueneme is the only deep harbour commercial port between Los Angeles and San Francisco and moves trade within the Pacific Rim economies. Companies utilising the Port include Del Monte Foods, Chiquita, BMW, Land Rover, and Jaguar. Other industries include finance, transportation, the high tech industry, and energy, particularly petroleum. Two large active oil fields underlie the city and adjacent areas: the Oxnard Oil Field, east of the city along 5th Street, and the West Montalvo Oil Field along the coast to the west of town. Tenby Inc.'s Oxnard Refinery, on 5th Street east of Del Norte Avenue, processes oil from both fields.
The top employers in the city include: St. John's Regional Medical Center, Oxnard Union High School District, Waterway Plastics, City of Oxnard, Haas Automation, Aluminum Precision Products. Other major employers include Naval Base Ventura County, Boskovich Farms, PTI Technologies, Procter & Gamble, Seminis, Spatz Laboratories, and Gills Onions.
Some of the major companies headquartered in Oxnard are Haas Automation, Seminis, Raypak, Drum Workshop, Borla Performance, Boss Audio, Seed Beauty, and Robbins Auto Tops Procter & Gamble and Sysco maintain their West Coast operations in Oxnard. In October 2020, city officials announced that once a large swath of agricultural land is fully developed into an business park by late 2021, it estimates that up to 8,700 jobs will be created in the area. The area will include an Amazon fulfilment centre.
Oxnard was ranked #1222 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Oxnard has a population of over 208,881 people. Oxnard also forms part of the wider Los Angeles metropolitan area which has a population of over 13,310,447 people. Oxnard is the #192 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 3.5371 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores per 100,000 city residents.