Santa Paula

Santa Paula

City Manager: Michael Rock
Assistant City Manager/Economic Development: Ikani Taumoepeau
(805) 525-4478 x286


City Description:
The City of Santa Paula, California, is located 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 14 miles east of Ventura and the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. Santa Paula is the geographical center of Ventura County, situated in the rich agricultural Santa Clara River Valley. The City is surrounded by rolling hills and rugged mountain peaks in addition to orange, lemon and avocado groves. In fact, Santa Paula is referred to as the “Citrus Capital of the World.”

The original community that has become known as Santa Paula was established by the Chumash Indians as the villages of Mupu and Srswa. The land was later given away as part of a Spanish land grant to Rancho Santa Paula and Saticoy in 1840. In the 1860s, the area was subdivided into small farms. In 1880, oil was discovered in Santa Paula, leading to the formation of the Union Oil Company in 1890. The City of Santa Paula was incorporated on April 22, 1902. In the early 1900s Santa Paula was considered the pre-Hollywood film capital, the Queen of the Silver Screen. Even today, Santa Paula is noted for its movie personalities (silent and sound) who resided in and adjacent to the city and a TV or movie crew is not an unusual sight in the community.

The City is a major distribution point for citrus fruits in the United States and is also noted for avocado producing and processing. The community has a quaint, small-town image, ideal climate and reasonable priced housing, which is why Santa Paulans refer to their community as “Hometown USA”. Santa Paula maintains its own identity and is in close proximity to the many tourist, recreational, and cultural activities that abound in Southern California.

Santa Paula covers an area of 4.6 square miles and has a population (as of the 2012 Census) of 29,963, which is 18.5% White; 79.5% Hispanic or Latino; and 6.6% all other races. Santa Paula is California’s 237th largest city.

Demographics: (all information based on 2010 census)
2000 population: 28,598
2010 population: 29,321
2012 population: 29,963
% Change: 2.2% (2010-2012)
% High School Graduates: 65.2%
% 4-year Degree +: 13.6%
Median Household Income (2008-2012): $54,168
Median Value Owner-Occupied Housing: $323,200
% Pop in Labor Force:
Incorporation Year: 1902
Acres of Open Space: 6.5

Quality of Life:

Cultural Offerings:
• Aviation Museum of Santa Paula
• California Oil Museum
• Santa Paula Art Museum
• Santa Paula Train Depot and Railroad Plaza Park
• Ventura County Agriculture Museum
• Santa Paula Murals
• Santa Paula Theater Center

Annual Events:
• Santa Paula Art and Photography Show
• Christmas Parade
• De Colores Art Show & Festival
• Citrus Festival and Citrus Classic Balloon Festival
• Moonlight at the Ranch
• Pumpkin Patch at Faulkner Farm
• Jazz and Art Festival
• Ghost Walk

Top Employers
1 Limoneira Company
2 Santa Paula Memorial Hospital
3 Santa Paula Unified School District
4 Saticoy Lemon Company
5 Fruit Growers Supply
6 Fruit Growers Laboratory
7 Bend Pak, Inc.
8 Pan American Seed
9 Calavo Foods
10 American Residential Services

• Santa Paula Memorial Hospital Ventura County Health Care Agency

School Districts:
• Santa Paula Unified School District

• Ventura College, East Campus
• Thomas Aquinas College

• Public transit services within the City of Santa Paula are provided by the Ventura County Transportation Commission.

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