Oak View is a census-designated place (CDP) in Ventura County, California, United States located in the western portion of the Ojai Valley situated between the towns of Casitas Springs (south) and Mira Monte (north). According to the 2000 census, the population of Oak View is 4,199, making it the third largest town in the Ojai Valley. The town is adjacent to the Ventura River and nearby Lake Casitas.
The town of Oak View "sprang up" in the late 1940s and early 1950s as a bedroom community primarily, although not exclusively, for those who worked in the oil industry in nearby Ventura. Besides nearby downtown Ojai, Oak View is the only other town in the Ojai Valley with a discernible "downtown", which has developed along the Ventura Avenue/Highway 33 corridor, and includes a post office, a grocery store and a grocery mart, one bank, a Thai restaurant, a coffee house/restaurant, a Mexican restaurant, a pizza parlor, two automobile repair shops, two tire shops, two self-serve gasoline stations, two coffee shops, a computer repair shop, an equipment rental yard, several hair stylists, a pet supplies store, a bar, a liquor store, a walk-in medical office, a real estate office, a car wash, a laundry mat, a used car dealership, a tanning salon, a Sheriff's post, a video store, and other service and retail oriented businesses.
At various times the citizens of Oak View have contemplated incorporation as an alternative to being governed by the County of Ventura. But because the town lacks the ability to provide the same services of an incorporated city, and due to the lack of interest to self govern, those attempts have been short lived. At one time the citizens contemplated incorporation and a name change to "River City", which also failed to garner much local interest.
Oak View has a Civic Council, whose Web site is: http://www.oakviewca.org. The Oak View Civic Council (OVCC) focuses on community improvements and events.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.1 km²), all of it land.
Although Oak View is located within the Ojai Valley, the town itself is located within the boundaries of the Ventura Unified School District. There is one school in Oak View, Arnez Elementary (aka, Sunset Elementary), which is located on the south western portion of the town, at 400 Sunset. Previously two schools served the town, however, Oak View Elementary School, located off of Santa Ana Boulevard, was closed by the district. A ballot initiative to obtain a parcel tax used to finance the long-term purchase of the school succeeded in keeping the school property from seeing a development that would have included 33 low-income houses packed tightly into the relatively small property. Instead, The Oak View Park and Resource Center is slowly but steadily growing there. (See: http://www.ovparc.org)
According to the census of 2000, there were 4,199 people, 1,430 households, and 1,069 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,153.6 people per square mile (831.4/km²). There were 1,466 housing units at an average density of 751.9/sq mi (290.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 85.57% White, 0.57% African American, 1.67% Native American, 0.90% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 8.31% from other races, and 2.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.50% of the population.
There were 1,430 households out of which 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.3% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were non-families. 16.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.31.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.5 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $56,786, and the median income for a family was $61,613. Males had a median income of $48,750 versus $39,554 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $25,534. About 5.3% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.