Oxnard is the largest city within Ventura County. It was incorporated in the year 1903 and runs along the pacific coastline, only 35 miles south of Santa Barbara and 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
The extremely fertile soil within the area is among the most desirable things about Oxnard. The fertile soil in combination with the temperate weather gives a long harvest season, making the area of Oxnard very agriculturally rich. Farmers can normally get double, even triple, the amount of crops harvested on the same piece of land each year.
Originally, the financial system used to be based on agricultural and oil almost exclusively. Then again, the financial system in Oxnard 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. These days, the city is focusing on developing housing, commercial and industrial opportunities. Oxnard prides itself on keeping an even balance between honouring their agricultural background but still progressing further into the areas of technology and business.
During the past 50 years, the city of Oxnard has experienced a population boom. Even if the new population has provided a few challenges to the local governments, it has also been a blessing because it created a boom of start-up business opportunities for young entrepreneurs.
The top companies within the city are in biotechnology, duplicating and packaging videocassettes, health insurance, mortgage lending, education, and telephone equipment and services. The governments (state, federal and local) likewise employ a large percent of the residents. Due to its perfect location close to Highway 101, the city is attracting several high-technology industries. The Port of Hueneme, that loads, unloads and sends cars and fruit abroad, is extremely important to the financial system. Port Hueneme and Port Mugu are likewise home to a large portion of the US Navy.