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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 Thousand Oaks


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Thousand Oaks is 4.70 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Thousand Oaks jobs have Increased by 0.71 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Thousand Oaks's cost of living is 94.10% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Thousand Oaks's population is 126,570 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 5.41 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 25 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Thousand Oaks is $630,900. Home appreciation the last year has been 15.50 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Thousand Oaks public schools spend $10,282 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 22.8 students per teacher in Thousand Oaks.

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Born and Raised. TO from a teen perspective.
I've lived here my entire life, which I suppose isn't that long only 17 years. Its been a nice place to grow up, lots of opportunities and places to go as a kid. Park... (read more)
Excellent place to rais a family
I have lived here over 10 years. I'm not sure what some of the reviewers are talking about, as it pertains to "nothing to do for kids" here. We have a fantastic Parks... (read more)
Great Place To Raise A Family
I've lived here more than 18 years. It's a wonderful place to raise kids. I have 2 boys who attended (1 still attending) one of the most excellent public school systems... (read more)
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