Port Hueneme (pronounced /ˌpɔrt waɪˈniːmi/ "wye-NEE-mee") is a small beach city in Ventura County, California surrounded by the city of Oxnard and the Pacific Ocean. The name derives from the Spanish spelling of the Chumash wene me, meaning "resting-place". Area was discovered by Cabrillo in 1542 and the original city of Hueneme is the second-oldest city in Ventura County. Name was officially changed to Port Hueneme in 1939.
The population was 21,845 at the 2000 census.
Port Hueneme has a south-facing sand beach, known for its surfing, year-round mediterranean climate and beach park. 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 small bring-your-own charcoal barbecues. The beach and picnic areas are popular weekend destinations during the summer season—Memorial Day (late May) through Labor Day (early September). The Annual Toni Young Hueneme Beach Festival is a 2-day event in mid/late August consisting of live music, food, arts & crafts and a sandcastle building contest.
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.
The United States Navy maintains a facility at Port Hueneme, in support of the naval air station at Point Mugu to the south and San Nicolas Island 60 miles (97 km) offshore, with which it comprises Naval Construction Battalion Center Port Hueneme. Port Hueneme is the West Coast home of the Construction Battalion, the famous "Seabees", as well as a link in the coastal radar system.
Naval Base Ventura County is the largest employer in Ventura County, and is a key component of the economies of the cities of Port Hueneme and Oxnard. NBVC and its tenants employ over 6,000 civilians, 9,000 military personnel and 1,300 contractor personnel. In addition, NBVC hosts over 60 tenant commands.
Also located on the military facility at Port Hueneme is the Navy and Marine Operational Support Center Port Hueneme, which is the successor to the Naval Reserve Center Santa Barbara.
Alaska Airlines Flight 261 was a flight route operated by Alaska Airlines that provided service between Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle, Washington.
On January 31, 2000, after experiencing problems with the horizontal stabilizer, the flight was diverted to Los Angeles International Airport. During the diversion, the plane inverted and crashed at high speed into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Port Hueneme near Anacapa Island on January 31, 2000. All 83 passengers and five crew members on board perished.
Roughly one year after the crash, the friends and family of the victims dedicated a giant sundial on Hueneme Beach as both a memorial to the victims and a work of public art in gratitude to the residents of Port Hueneme for their assistance in the recovery effort.. Each year on the anniversary of the crash, friends and family of the victims hold a memorial event at the sundial.
As of the census of 2000, there were 21,845 people, 7,268 households, and 5,000 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,895.4/km² (4,912.9/mi²). There were 7,908 housing units at an average density of 686.1/km² (1,778.5/mi²). 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.
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