Located in King's County, Avenal, Calif., is about 60 miles southwest of Fresno. This self-standing small city is home to about 15,000 people and counting: According to City-Data, its population grew by about six percent between 2000 and 2010. With a median age that is almost 10 years younger than the state of California's, Avenal is a characteristically young city. Much of the city's population demographics, however, are skewed by the presence of Avenal State Prison, which provides employment for many local residents.
The city is also a hidden Californian gem. In this notoriously expensive state, Avenal has managed to maintain a cost of living index that is almost nine percent less than the U.S. national average. This is especially meaningful as the state of California's cost of living index is 35 percent higher than the U.S. average. Those searching for Avenal apartments for rent will admire the city's affordability, safety and small-town feel.
Avenal's low living costs are somewhat associated with its isolated nature. The closest large city in the region is Fresno, Calif., which is located more than 60 miles from Avenal and has a population of about 500,000 people. Avenal also is located about 170 miles from Santa Barbara and 160 miles from San Jose.
Avenal's economy is primarily supported by the presence of Avenal State Prison; however, numerous employment opportunities exist within the area. According to Avenal's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, some of the top employers in the area are in neighboring counties.The State of California, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Los Angeles Unified School District, San Diego County Office of Education, Orange County Office of Education, County of Riverside, San Bernardino County Office of Education and County Office of Santa Clara were all major employers of Avenal residents in 2011.
Avenal residents enjoy two entertainment venues within their city: Avenal Theater and Floyd Rice Park. The Avenal Theater offers entertainment to many residents and their families, and Floyd Rice Park gives locals the chance to relax in a natural open park space.
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