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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 14,553
Male Share of the Population 67.5%
Female Share of the Population 32.5%
Senior Citizens 4.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,499
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 38.6%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 3.9%
Median Earnings25+ $18,648
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,968
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,551

Wealth

Median Family Income $29,932
% Above Poverty Level 59.4%
% Below Poverty Level 40.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation 5.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 12.9%
Median Gross Rent $707
Median House Value $115,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 88.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 2.2%
Irish 3.4%

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

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station COALINGA
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
Station LEMOORE REEVES NAS
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
Station CORCORAN IRRIG DIST
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Coalinga 17,235 $53,750
Huron 6,777 $25,859
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Avenal High Schools

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AVENAL HIGH
601 MARIPOSA ST.
559-386-5253
A Title I School.
Serves 569 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

SUNRISE HIGH (CONT.)
205 N. PARK AVE.
559-386-4162
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 30 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

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205 N. PARK
559-386-0460
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 5 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5

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