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).


Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population


% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

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


Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation


People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)

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

Ventura Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 57 miles W of Los Angeles, California
County Ventura
Standard Zip Codes 93001, 93003, 93004
P.O. Box Zip Codes 93002, 93005, 93006, 93007
Company Zip Codes 93009
Phone Area Codes 805
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.27
Longitude -119.22

Ventura Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Ventura, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Casitas Springs (93001)

La Conchita (93001)

San Buenaventura (93001, 93003, 93004)

Saticoy (93004)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Camarillo 66,445 $102,975
Carpinteria 13,449 $88,395
Ojai 7,587 $86,960
Oxnard 203,495 $60,104
Port Hueneme 22,058 $62,024
Santa Paula 30,246 $58,698

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

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Ventura High Schools

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Serves 2,113 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.7

2155 E. MAIN ST.
Serves 2,068 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.9

100 DAY RD.
A Magnet School.
Serves 836 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.7

A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 236 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

A Non-traditional School
Serves 216 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 30.9

2155 E. MAIN ST.
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 25 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

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Serves 24 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

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