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2021 Top 100 Best Places to Live In America Sponsored by: See homes for sale on Movoto by OJO

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Demographics 61
Economy 87
Education 35
Health 59
Housing 47
Infrastructure 46

#68. Oxnard, CA

This picturesque seaside city, 60 miles west of Los Angeles, is one of the best places to live, work, raise a family, start a business or grow your career – and then some home. Home to 207,000 people, Oxnard, CA is home to relaxing beaches, fun nightlife, arts and culture institutions and grassy parks. This mid-sized city also has a strong economy and a growing biotech scene.

Top Colleges/Universities: Oxnard College

Top Industries & Employers: Manufacturing, transportation and logistics, agriculture and energy.

Weekend Plans: Hang out, surf, search for seashells and spend time with friends on one of Oxnard’s seven beaches. 

Favorite Place to Feast: Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine, known for its moquecas, or Brazilian seafood stews, cooked in clay pots.

Beloved Beverage: Wine. Oxnard is home to four unique wineries, including the country’s largest producer of kosher wines, Herzog Wine Cellars. The remarkable Herzog family survived Nazi rule and communism in Slovakia, fleeing to the United States to start a new life.

Outdoorsy Activity: A standup paddleboard yoga class in Channel Islands Harbor.

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: Dogs are welcome at a handful of Oxnard beaches at different times of day: anytime at Oxnard Beach Park, and before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m. at Hollywood Beach or Silver Strand Beach. There are also several off-leash dog parks to choose from, including Campus Park, Jax’s Windrow Dog Park and Rudy’s Dog Park.

Remote Work Perk: Taking a walk can help stimulate your creativity, so head to Oxnard’s gorgeous Central Park for your next brainstorming session. The park surrounds a scenic foundation and is dotted with palm trees.

One More Thing … Oxnard plays host to the California Strawberry Festival, an annual celebration of this juicy red fruit, complete with contests, live music, arts and crafts, kids’ activities and tons of creative strawberry foods and drinks.

– Sarah Kuta

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