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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

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population13,590
Male Share of the Population69.6%
Female Share of the Population30.4%
Senior Citizens4.1%
Employed Population 16+3,295
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married33.1%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher2.7%
Median Earnings25+$20,109
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,826
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,601

Wealth

Median Family Income$35,125
% Above Poverty Level67.2%
% Below Poverty Level32.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time33 minutes
% Working from Home2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.2%
% Using Public Transportation4.9%

Housing

People Living Alone8.2%
Median Gross Rent$726
Median House Value$120,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)86.5%
Irish2.4%
English2.1%
German2%
Arab1.6%
Italian1.2%
French Except Basque0.7%
Scottish0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Polish0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Russian0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
US/American0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
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Avenal Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kings County
Standard Zip Codes93204
Phone Area Codes559
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude35.89
Approximate Longitude-120.07

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)

StationCOALINGA
Distance16.1 miles
Jan Temp38 to 58 F
Apr Temp47 to 78 F
Jul Temp66 to 99 F
Oct Temp51 to 83 F
Annual Precip8.3 inches
StationLEMOORE REEVES NAS
Distance24.8 miles
Jan Temp36 to 56 F
Apr Temp45 to 77 F
Jul Temp60 to 98 F
Oct Temp48 to 82 F
Annual Precip7.8 inches
StationCORCORAN IRRIG DIST
Distance31.2 miles
Jan Temp38 to 54 F
Apr Temp47 to 76 F
Jul Temp63 to 98 F
Oct Temp51 to 81 F
Annual Precip7.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Coalinga16,609$55,817
Huron6,821$26,324

Avenal Public Schools

Avenal High
601 Mariposa St.
ZIP: 93204
High
Total Enrollment 663
Reef-sunset Secondary Community Day
861 Monterey St.
ZIP: 93204
High
Total Enrollment 5
Reef Sunset Middle
608 N. First Ave.
ZIP: 93204
Middle
Total Enrollment 314
Avenal Elementary
500 S. First Ave.
ZIP: 93204
Primary
Total Enrollment 824
Sunrise High (continuation)
209 N. Park Ave.
ZIP: 93204
High
Total Enrollment 28
Tamarack Elementary
1000 Union Ave.
ZIP: 93204
Primary
Total Enrollment 503
Reef-sunset Primary Community Day
500 S. First St.
ZIP: 93204
Primary
Total Enrollment 4
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