Avenal, California

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Avenal, California

Introduction to Avenal, California

Avenal, California, in Kings county, is 51 miles SW of Visalia, California and 55 miles S of Fresno, California. The city has a population of 14,674.

Avenal History

The Spanish word for oats or oat fields is 'Avena', and the Spanish soldiers named the area 'Avenal' as the region was covered with waist high wild oats. These oat fields looked like golden silk and entirely covered the Kettleman Plains. American settlers arrived in this area in the 1850s and after an initial attempt at farming and cattle raising, the people realized that oil was located in the hills. There was natural seepage around the Coalinga and Tar Canyon region, and the first oil well was drilled in 1900. This discovery had a tremendous positive effect on the city's growth and development. The City of Avenal was officially incorporated in September 1979.

Avenal and nearby Attractions

  • Avenal Branch Kings County Library
  • Kettleman Compressor Station
  • Avenal City Hall
  • Murray Fire Control Station
  • Arroyo del Camino
  • Eleven P Plant

Things To Do In Avenal

The history of Avenal finds expression in the city's memorial buildings, city halls, and public libraries. The booming oil industry in the region has left its mark in the form of the Kettleman Compressor Station and the various plants around the city. Avenal also has some beautiful lakes and creeks like the Larguito, the Esquinado, the Curvo, and the Arroyo del Camino. One can also visit the Floyd Rice Park which has fun rides and provides entertainment possibilities for adults and children alike.

Avenal Transportation

Paso Robles Municipal is the local avenue for air transportation.

Avenal Higher Education

The city is served by the West Hills Community College.

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High Points

Avenal strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in California):

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Avenal Racial Diversity
Low Property Crime
(vs. State)
Top 7% Avenal Low Property Crime
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 8% Avenal Affordability of Property Taxes
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 10% Avenal Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Avenal, California

Comparing Avenal to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Racial Diversity 10 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 4
Well-Paid Single Men 4 5
Age of the Population 2 3
Female Share of the Population 1 1
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 10 10
Portion of People Married 8 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 1 1
People Above Poverty 1 1
People in Middle Class or Better 1 1
College Educated Adults 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 6
Walking and Biking to Work 4 1
Short Commute Times 1 2
Working at Home 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 10
Housing Recently Built 8 7
Affordability of Rents 7 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 7
People Living Alone 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 9 10
Low Violent Crime 5 7

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Avenal Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 51 miles SW of Visalia, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 55 miles S of Fresno, California
County Kings
Standard Zip Codes 93204
Phone Area Codes 559
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.004
Longitude -120.128

Avenal Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 16.1 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 58 F
Apr Temp 47 to 78 F
Jul Temp 66 to 99 F
Oct Temp 51 to 83 F
Annual Precip 8.3 inches
Distance 24.8 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 56 F
Apr Temp 45 to 77 F
Jul Temp 60 to 98 F
Oct Temp 48 to 82 F
Annual Precip 7.8 inches
Distance 31.2 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 54 F
Apr Temp 47 to 76 F
Jul Temp 63 to 98 F
Oct Temp 51 to 81 F
Annual Precip 7.6 inches
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Avenal Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 14,674 100%
Male 10,909 74.3%
Female 3,765 25.7%
Under 18 3,210 21.9%
18+ 11,464 78.1%
65+ 477 3.3%
Median Age 31
Average Family Size 4.3
White 5,259 35.8%
African-American 1,850 12.6%
Asian 57 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 139 0.9%
Other 6,952 47.4%
Mixed Race 409 2.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 9,667 65.9%

Estimated Avenal Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 16,631
Growth 1,957
Growth % 13.3%

Avenal Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 90%
US/American 3.3%
Irish 1.9%
German 1.8%
English 0.8%
Portuguese 0.8%
Italian 0.4%
Danish 0.3%
Scotch-Irish 0.3%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Avenal 14,674 $28,019
Coalinga 11,668 $41,208
Huron 6,306 $23,939
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Avenal High Schools (2004)

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Serves 569 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

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Serves 30 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

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Serves 5 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5

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