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Oxnard, CA (Population: 183,628)

Oxnard is home to 183,628 citizens (2005), and is the largest city in Ventura County. The city is located at the western border of the Oxnard Plain, a fertile area that is one of the world’s most important agricultural hubs. The Oxnard Plain is known as a strawberry and lima bean capital. Two large U.S. Navy bases are housed in Oxnard: Port Hueneme and Port Mugu. Port Hueneme is the busiest commercial port between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Oxnard is proud of its beautiful weather, nice beaches, thriving economy, sense of community, and overall ambiance.

Oxnard is home to a number of cultural institutions. Some of these include the Carnegie Art Museum (founded in 1907 by Andrew Carnegie); the Chandler Vintage Museum of Transportation and Wildlife, which houses the nation’s largest collection of vintage and rare automobiles; the Murphy Auto Museum; Heritage Square, a collection of restored Craftsman and Victorian houses once owned by pioneers; the Petit Playhouse and the Elite Theater Company, also located in Heritage Square; the Ventura Country Maritime Museum; the Gull Wings Children’s Museum; the Henry T. Oxnard Historic District; the Seabee Museum; the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, home of the New West Symphony and the Oxnard Independent Film Festival. For wine lovers, the Herzog Winery and Wine Cellar has the largest collection of fine kosher wines in the nation.

Each summer, Oxnard College hosts a strawberry festival that features vendors and all things strawberry, such as strawberry nachos, strawberry funnel cakes, strawberry pizza, and strawberry champagne. Another joy of summers in Oxnard is the 20-mile stretch of scenic coastline. The relatively uncrowded beaches are known for extraordinarily soft sand, large rolling dues, and world-class surf.