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Overview

Introduction to Ventura, California

The California city of Ventura (whose actual name is San Buenaventura) is located in western Ventura County, about 60 miles north of Los Angeles. The city is linked to the Los Angeles metropolitan area and to nearby Santa Barbara by US Highway 101, also known as the Ventura Freeway. Other cities close to Ventura include Fillmore, Valencia and Santa Paula. The nearby Port of Hueneme, a major resource for domestic and international trade and the only deep-water port between San Francisco and Los Angeles, is located only 12 miles south of Ventura.

ventura History

The early roots of Ventura can be traced as far back as 1782, when Father Junípero Serra founded Mission San Buenaventura, establishing the foundation of what would become the city. In 1890, the Union Oil Company was established and in 1914 drilling began at the main Ventura oil field, which produced 90,000 barrels a day at its peak. The fertile soil of the region between the Ventura and Santa Clara rivers, encompassing the city of Ventura, gave rise to another major local industry: citrus farming. In 1893, local farmers banded together to form the Southern California Fruit Exchange, later to become Sunkist Growers, the world's largest citrus-producing organization.

Incorporated in 1866, Ventura remained relatively isolated and rural for most of the following century. The city did not attract many immigrants during this time due to its inaccessibility. Travel from the south was slow and hazardous, there was only one road leading from the north, and the city was hemmed in eastward by mountainous terrain and deep canyons. In later years, the construction of roads and highways (most notably the Maricopa Highway in the 1920s and US Highway 101 in the 1950s and 1960s) mitigated this condition and led to a steady growth of the city.

Things to do in Ventura

Downtown Ventura is home to the Mission San Buenaventura. Also located downtown is the Ortega adobe, home to the Ortega family (now famous for their chili products). The Olivas Adobe, an early California Rancho home located adjacent to the Olivas Park Golf Course, is a present-day museum and site for performing arts. The Ventura Harbor is home to Ventura Harbor Village, a shopping village with nearby seafood restaurants. Ventura is also an excellent surfing town, with Surfer's Point being a popular spot.

Nearby Santa Barbara (27 miles to the northwest) is home to several more attractions. Among them are:

  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
  • Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.
  • Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.
  • Santa Barbara Historical Museum.
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
  • Mission Santa Barbara.
  • Goleta Rail Museum.

Pro sports fans are about a 90-minute drive away from Major League action featuring Los Angeles teams, including: The Los Angeles Dodgers (baseball), the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA basketball), the Los Angeles Clippers (also NBA), the Los Angeles Kings (NHL hockey), the Los Angeles Riptide (MLL lacrosse), the Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS soccer) and the Los Angeles Avengers (Arena Football League).

Ventura Almanac

CategoryValue
County Ventura County
Standard Zip Codes93001, 93003, 93004
P.O. Box Zip Codes93002, 93005, 93006, 93007
Company Zip Codes93009
Phone Area Codes805
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude34.33
Approximate Longitude-119.31

Ventura Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Camarillo66,630$102,811
Carpinteria13,553$88,204
Ojai7,581$94,063
Oxnard204,752$61,656
Port Hueneme22,126$64,921
Santa Paula30,283$57,686

Ventura Public Libraries

Ventura County Library
5600 EVERGLADES ST. SUITE A
Ventura, California
(805) 677-7150

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Ventura Hospitals

Community Memorial Hospital-san Buenaventura
(Non-profit)
147 N. Brent Street
Aurora Vista Del Mar Hospital
(Proprietary)
801 Seneca Street
Ventura County Medical Center
(Government - Local)
3291 Loma Vista Road

Ventura Public Schools

Cabrillo Middle
1426 E. Santa Clara St.
ZIP: 93001
Middle
Total Enrollment 930
De Anza Academy Of Technology And The Arts
2060 Cameron St.
ZIP: 93001
Middle
Total Enrollment 885
E. P. Foster Elementary
20 Pleasant Pl.
ZIP: 93001
Primary
Total Enrollment 443
Lincoln Elementary
1107 E. Santa Clara St.
ZIP: 93001
Primary
Total Enrollment 284
Pierpont Elementary
1254 Marthas Vineyard Ct.
ZIP: 93001
Primary
Total Enrollment 268
Sheridan Way Elementary
573 Sheridan Way
ZIP: 93001
Primary
Total Enrollment 519
Ventura Charter School Of Arts And Global Education
2060 Cameron St.
ZIP: 93001
Primary
Total Enrollment 436
Ventura High
2 N. Catalina St.
ZIP: 93001
High
Total Enrollment 2191
Ventura Islands High
2 N. Catalina St.
ZIP: 93001
Anacapa Middle
100 S. Mills Rd.
ZIP: 93003
Middle
Total Enrollment 823
Balboa Middle
247 Hill Rd.
ZIP: 93003
Middle
Total Enrollment 1218
Blanche Reynolds Elementary
450 Valmore Ave.
ZIP: 93003
Primary
Total Enrollment 445
Buena High
5670 Telegraph Rd.
ZIP: 93003
High
Total Enrollment 1977
Buena Vista High
5670 Telegraph Rd.
ZIP: 93003
Elmhurst Elementary
5080 Elmhurst St.
ZIP: 93003
Primary
Total Enrollment 557
Foothill Technology High
100 Day Rd.
ZIP: 93003
High
Total Enrollment 1038
Golden Valley Charter
3585 Maple St, Ste 101
ZIP: 93003
Other
Total Enrollment 759
Homestead (alternative)
450 Valmore Ave.
ZIP: 93003
Primary
Total Enrollment 40
Loma Vista Elementary
300 Lynn Dr.
ZIP: 93003
Primary
Total Enrollment 386
Montalvo Elementary
2050 Grand Ave.
ZIP: 93003
Primary
Total Enrollment 432
Mound Elementary
455 S. Hill Rd.
ZIP: 93003
Primary
Total Enrollment 576
Pacific High
501 College Dr.
ZIP: 93003
High
Total Enrollment 126
Poinsettia Elementary
350 N. Victoria Ave.
ZIP: 93003
Primary
Total Enrollment 490
Portola Elementary
6700 Eagle St.
ZIP: 93003
Primary
Total Enrollment 619
Will Rogers Elementary
316 Howard St.
ZIP: 93003
Primary
Total Enrollment 503
Academy Of Technology & Leadership At Saticoy
760 Jazmin Ave.
ZIP: 93004
Primary
Total Enrollment 337
Citrus Glen Elementary
9655 Darling Rd.
ZIP: 93004
Primary
Total Enrollment 575
Juanamaria Elementary
100 S. Crocker Ave.
ZIP: 93004
Primary
Total Enrollment 459
Junipero Serra Elementary
8880 Halifax St.
ZIP: 93004
Primary
Total Enrollment 623
El Camino High
61 Day Rd.
ZIP: 93023
High
Total Enrollment 271

Ventura Private Schools

Goldenwest Montessori Schools
1239 E Main St
ZIP: 93001
Elementary
Total Enrollment 19
Holy Cross School At San Buenaventura Mission
211 E Main St
ZIP: 93001
Elementary
Total Enrollment 128
Solimar Academy
353 San Jon Rd
ZIP: 93001
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 63
Ventura County Christian School
96 Macmillan Ave
ZIP: 93001
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 43
Calwest Learning Center
2443 Portola Rd Ste B
ZIP: 93003
Secondary
Total Enrollment 22
College Heights Christian School
6360 Telephone Rd
ZIP: 93003
Elementary
Total Enrollment 115
First Baptist Day School
426 S Mills Rd
ZIP: 93003
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Our Lady Of Assumption School
3169 Telegraph Rd
ZIP: 93003
Elementary
Total Enrollment 273
St Bonaventure High School
3167 Telegraph Rd
ZIP: 93003
Secondary
Total Enrollment 551
Ventura Missionary School
500 High Point Dr
ZIP: 93003
Elementary
Total Enrollment 383
Ventura Montessori School
38 Teloma Dr
ZIP: 93003
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
"children ""r"" Us Child Development"
1083 Scandia Ave
ZIP: 93004
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Sacred Heart Elementary School
10770 Henderson Rd
ZIP: 93004
Elementary
Total Enrollment 217
St Augustine Academy
130 S Wells Rd
ZIP: 93004
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 139
Wells Road Baptist School
289 N Wells Rd
ZIP: 93004
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 13
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