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Port Hueneme, California

City of Port Hueneme
Hueneme (original settlement)
Location in Ventura county
Location in Ventura county
Country  United States
State  California
County Ventura
Wharf constructed 1871[1]
Street grid established October 1, 1888[2]
Incorporated March 24, 1948[3]
 • Type Charter City
 • Government 5 Elected City Council Members, 1 chosen as Mayor for 1 year term
 • Senate Hannah-Beth Jackson (D)
 • Assembly Jeff Gorell (R)
 • U. S. Congress Julia Brownley (D)[4]
 • Total 4.671 sq mi (12.096 km2)
 • Land 4.451 sq mi (11.528 km2)
 • Water 0.220 sq mi (0.569 km2)  4.70%
Elevation 12 ft (4 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 21,723
 • Density 4,700/sq mi (1,800/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 93041–93044
Area code(s) 805
FIPS code 06-58296
GNIS feature ID 1652778
Website .org.cityofporthuenemewww

Port Hueneme ( ) is a small beach city in Ventura County, California surrounded by the city of Oxnard, Naval Base Ventura County, and the Santa Barbara Channel.[6] The name derives from the Spanish spelling of the Chumash wene me, meaning "Resting Place". Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo explored this area and the adjacent Channel Islands in October 1542. The town's name was officially changed to Port Hueneme in 1939 and was incorporated March 24, 1948.

A submarine canyon led to the construction of the Hueneme Wharf in 1871 along the canyon by Thomas Bard.[1] The existing street grid of the town was formally laid out in 1888.[2] Until the construction of the Montalvo Cutoff that brought the railroad to nearby Oxnard, the wharf was the principal means of transportation for that portion of Ventura County lying south of the Santa Clara River. Hueneme was the second largest grain shipping port on the Pacific coast between 1871 and 1895.[1]

Port Hueneme has a south-facing sand beach, known for its surfing. The beach stretches eastward about a mile from the harbor and the naval base and includes a wooden fishing pier. There are also picnic tables and barbecue grills.


  • Demographics 1
    • 2010 1.1
    • 2000 1.2
  • The Port 2
  • Hueneme Beach Festival 3
  • Hueneme Harbor Days (Historic) 4
  • Geography 5
    • Climate 5.1
  • Education 6
    • Primary and secondary schools 6.1
      • Public schools 6.1.1
  • Libraries 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10



The 2010 United States Census[7] reported that Port Hueneme had a population of 21,723. The population density was 4,651.2 people per square mile (1,795.8/km²). The racial makeup of Port Hueneme was 12,357 (56.9%) White, 1,111 (5.1%) African American, 295 (1.4%) Native American, 1,299 (6.0%) Asian, 119 (0.5%) Pacific Islander, 5,224 (24.0%) from other races, and 1,318 (6.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11,360 persons (52.3%).

The Census reported that 20,854 people (96.0% of the population) lived in households, 869 (4.0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 7,080 households, out of which 2,832 (40.0%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 3,267 (46.1%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 1,121 (15.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 440 (6.2%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 458 (6.5%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 53 (0.7%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 1,760 households (24.9%) were made up of individuals and 775 (10.9%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95. There were 4,828 families (68.2% of all households); the average family size was 3.52.

The population was spread out with 5,781 people (26.6%) under the age of 18, 2,705 people (12.5%) aged 18 to 24, 6,258 people (28.8%) aged 25 to 44, 4,593 people (21.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 2,386 people (11.0%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31.3 years. For every 100 females there were 103.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.1 males.

There were 8,131 housing units at an average density of 1,741.0 per square mile (672.2/km²), of which 3,422 (48.3%) were owner-occupied, and 3,658 (51.7%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.7%; the rental vacancy rate was 6.0%. 9,747 people (44.9% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 11,107 people (51.1%) lived in rental housing units.


As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 21,845 people, 7,268 households, and 5,000 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,912.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,895.4/km²). There were 7,908 housing units at an average density of 1,778.5 per square mile (686.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 57.27% White, 6.06% African American, 1.69% Native American, 6.33% Asian, 0.50% Pacific Islander, 21.84% from other races, and 6.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 41.02% of the population.

There were 7,268 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.2% were non-families. Twenty-four point one percent of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.42.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 13.2% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 16.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 101.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,246, and the median income for a family was $46,056. Males had a median income of $30,314 versus $25,703 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,311. About 9.8% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.7% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

The Port

The Port of Hueneme, shared with Oxnard Harbor District and Naval Base Ventura County, is the only deep water port between the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of San Francisco, and the only Navy controlled harbor between San Diego Bay and Puget Sound in Washington state.[9]

The harbor is a shipping and receiving point for a wide variety of goods destined for the Los Angeles Basin and beyond, including automobiles, pineapples, and bananas. Agricultural products such as onions, strawberries, and flowers are shipped.

Hueneme Beach Festival

Hueneme Beach Festival logo

Since 1998, every year the city of Port Hueneme holds a theme-based beach festival at 550 E. Surfside Dr., Port Hueneme, Ca 93041. This 2-day event is held in mid/late August. Entertainment includes live music, rides, games, attractions, food/ vendor booths and exhibits.

Hueneme Harbor Days (Historic)

Prior to the "Hueneme Beach Festival", the HHD Board of Directors ran the 'Port Hueneme Harbor Days Festival & Parade' with food, bands, entertainment, kids attractions, vendor booths, and activities, such as kite-flying contests, sand sculpture contests, metal detection contests, and a long time ago, bathing suit contests. HHB was started in 1950 and ended in 2001, after 51 years of successful operations. The demise came from a lack of city support, and financial troubles such as an increases in fees for insurance, and food handling regulations. There are pictures of the early Hueneme Harbor Days Festival at the local history museum.


Port Hueneme is located on the southwest portion of the Oxnard Plain at (34.160250, -119.194509),[10] on the Pacific Ocean.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.7 square miles (12.1 km²). 4.5 square miles (11.5 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (4.70%) is water.


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Port Hueneme has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[11]


Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Most of the city of Port Hueneme lies within the boundaries of the Hueneme School District. Portions of the city north of Channel Islands are served by Oxnard Elementary School District.

Hueneme School District
  • Elementary schools:
    • Richard Bard Elementary School[13] (K–6) (Port Hueneme)
    • Hueneme Elementary School[14] (K–6) (Port Hueneme)
    • Parkview Elementary School[15] (K–5) (Port Hueneme)
    • Sunkist Elementary School[16] (K–5) (Port Hueneme)
  • E.O. Green Junior High School[17] (6–8) (Oxnard)
Oxnard Elementary School District
  • Elementary schools (K–6)[18]
    • Marina West Elementary School[19] (Oxnard)
    • McAuliffe Elementary School[20] (Oxnard)
  • Middle schools (7–8):[21]
    • Fremont Intermediate High School[22] (Oxnard)
    • Haydock Junior High School[23] (Oxnard)

Hueneme High School of the Oxnard Union High School District serves most of the city. Portions of the city north of Channel Islands are served by Oxnard High School.[24]


Public Libraries: Ventura County Library: 14 locations; Port Hueneme branch is the Ray D. Prueter Library.[25] Also nearby is Oxnard Public Library.

Academic Libraries: Oxnard College

See also


  1. ^ a b c Streets, Julie F. (1975(?)). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Bard, Thomas R., Estate / Berylwood". National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Plat of Lots in Town of Hueneme" 3 MR 13. Ventura County Recorder Retrieved September 8, 2014 from CountyView GIS.
  3. ^ "California Cities by Incorporation Date" (Word). California Association of  
  4. ^ "California's 26th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer File - Places - California".  
  6. ^ Greenland, Powell. "Port Hueneme." (1994, Ventura County Maritime Museum). ISBN 0870951114.
  7. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Port Hueneme city". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  9. ^ "Naval Base Ventura County: About" U.S. Navy
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  11. ^ Climate Summary for Port Hueneme, California
  12. ^ "Boundaries". Hueneme School District
  13. ^ Richard Bard Elementary School
  14. ^ Hueneme Elementary School
  15. ^ Parkview Elementary School
  16. ^ Sunkist Elementary School
  17. ^ E.O. Green Junior High School
  18. ^ "Elementary (K-6) Attendance Boundaries". Oxnard Elementary School District
  19. ^ Marina West Elementary School
  20. ^ McAuliffe Elementary School
  21. ^ "Intermediate (7-8) Attendance Boundaries". Oxnard Elementary School District
  22. ^ Fremont Intermediate High School
  23. ^ Haydock Junior High School
  24. ^ "Boundaries & Map". Oxnard Union High School District
  25. ^ Ray D. Prueter Library

External links

  • Port Hueneme @ The Official Conejo Valley Website, a Web site with local history, events, and community information.
  • Naval Base Ventura County: History
  • NRC Port Hueneme History
  • Port of Hueneme official homepage
  • Port Hueneme, California Chamber of Commerce
  • Hueneme Beach Festival
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