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Pros

-Year-round climate
-Attractive setting
-Low crime rates

Cons

-Long commutes
-Growth and sprawl
-Cost of living


What Bert Has To Say About Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura Metro Area


Ventura is a beach town along the original Pacific Coast Highway (U.S. 101). The inhabited portion of Ventura County also includes numerous towns including Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Santa Paula. Aside from Ventura and its beaches, the area is a mix of agriculture, small industry, and residential areas.

Oxnard is set along the coast in a broad, mainly agricultural plain dotted with subdivisions. The city is the area’s industrial center, with Procter & Gamble and food processor Sysco among others operating plants in the area. There is a small high tech industry, and shipping and import-export companies are tied to a small port and naval facility just south of town.

While most of the area is prosperous and attractive, Oxnard has some gritty areas largely absent in the nearby towns. Thousand Oaks is a mostly residential and family oriented community in the valley 20 miles inland, and has been a leader among the region in controlled growth practice.

The Cost of Living Index is high and rising but the area has the lowest crime rates in the state and a high level of educational attainment. The location is isolated by mountains and long freeway drives- Los Angeles is too far for a practical commute but some may commute to its northern areas in or near the San Fernando Valley. Public transportation facilities are lacking for an area its size. The coast and Channel Islands (“America’s Galapagos”) offer plenty of recreational opportunities. While costs are rising, the rest of the package is complete and on the upswing, hence the high ranking.

The east-west running valley is flat to gently rolling with a gradual slope toward the coast. The inhabited area is bounded by two coastal ranges rising 4,000 feet. The mountains are dry and covered with oaks at lower elevations and some coniferous trees at higher ones. The climate is coastal Mediterranean with a winter rainy season and summer dry season. Clear, sunny days are the rule in summer, with occasional incursions of coastal low clouds called “fog” locally. Excessive heat is rare but may occur, especially inland.


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Quick Facts About Simi Valley


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Simi Valley is 5.00 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Simi Valley jobs have Increased by 0.71 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Simi Valley's cost of living is 61.90% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Simi Valley's population is 123,942 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 10.04 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 29 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Simi Valley is $460,200. Home appreciation the last year has been 17.50 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Simi Valley public schools spend $10,282 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 24 students per teacher in Simi Valley.

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good place to live
simi valley is a very nice place to live within the shadow of the LA metro area. it has low crime and reasonable housing costs with ready access to indoor and outdoor... (read more)
Great place to live
Simi Valley, although recently moved to number 2 from number 1 on the list of safest places to live, is a great place live. Wonderful weather, great community, and very... (read more)
It's Not Paradise, But Close
If it weren't for housing being too high and the young people having a little too much freedom and not enough discipline, Simi Valley would be paradise. I'm fortunate in... (read more)
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