Introduction to Avenal, California

Avenal, California, in Kings county, is 51 miles SW of Visalia, California and 55 miles S of Fresno, California

Avenal History

"Avena" is the Spanish word for oats or oat fields, 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.


Total Population 14,154
Male Share of the Population 71.7%
Female Share of the Population 28.3%
Senior Citizens 4.7%
Employed Population 16+ 3,142
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 33.7%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 3.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $32,743
% Above Poverty Level 63.6%
% Below Poverty Level 36.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 4.5%


People Living Alone 8.2%
Median Gross Rent $715
Median House Value $116,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 86.7%
US/American 0.2%
English 2.4%
Irish 3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Coalinga 16,940 $58,936
Huron 6,792 $27,353

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Avenal High Schools

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Serves 569 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

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A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 30 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

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Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 5 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5

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