Simi Valley

Simi Valley

City Manager: Eric Levitt
Economic Development Manager: Brian P. Gabler
(805) 583-6701


City Description:
The city of Simi Valley, with an estimated population of 126,733 (as of January 2014) is the third largest of Ventura County’s 10 cities. Occupying an area of approximately 42 square miles, it is located in Southeast Ventura County, adjacent to the northwestern perimeter of the San Fernando Valley, approximately 37 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The city was incorporated in 1969 under the general laws of the state of California and operates under a general-law/council-manager form of government.

It is believed that the name of the Chumash Indian Village “Shimiji” is the origin of the city’s name. The valley was originally inhabited by the Chumash Indians in two villages named Simi and Tapo. The official city tree is the Coast Live Oak, whose acorns were used by the Chumash Indians for food. The official city flower is the California Wild Rose, from which the Chumash Indians ate vitamin-rich rosehips. In 1795, El Rancho San Jose de Garcia de Simi was granted to Santiago Pico and Luis Pena by Governor Diego de Borica of Spanish California. This land grant of approximately 100,000 acres was one of the largest ever made.

2000 population: 111,351
2010 population: 124,239
2012 population: 125,793
% Change: 1.3% (2010-2012)
% High School Graduates: 91.5%
% 4-year Degree +: 31.6%
Median Household Income: $87,502
Average Home Price: $360,000
% Pop in Labor Force: 72.6%
Incorporation Year: 1969
Acres of Open Space: 2,865 acres

Quality of Life:

Cultural Offerings:
• Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
• Strathearn Historical Park & Museum
• Skatelab Skatepark & Skateboard Museum
• Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
• Bottle Village
• Corriganville Park
• Santa Susana Historical Railroad Depot & Museum
• Regal Theater (13 Screens)
• Tristone Theater (10 Screens)

Annual Events:
• Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce Marketplace
• Huck Finn Fishing Derby
• Cajun & Blues Music Festival
• Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce Street Fair
• Boys and Girls Club Annual Dinner & Auction
• 4th of July Fireworks Show
• Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Independence Day Celebration
• St. Rose of Lima Carnival
• Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce Taste of Simi
• Strathearn Park History Days
• Simi Valley Days
• YMCA Barn Party
• Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Veteran’s Day Event
• Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Veteran’s Day Ceremony
• Ronald Reagan Presidential Library “Christmas Around the World”

Top Employers (Non-Retail)
• Bank of America-Banking/Mortgages
• Simi Valley Unified School District-Education
• Simi Valley Hospital-Health Care
• Milgard Manufacturing-Windows/Doors
• Meggitt Safety Systems-Aerospace/Defense
• Polytainer-Plastic Products
• Aerovironment-Aerospace/Defense
• G.I. Rubbish-Landfill/Rubbish
• Jaxx Manufacturing – Assembly
• Pharmaceutic Litho & Label – Printing
• Vista Professional Lighting – Lighting Systems

• Simi Valley Hospital & Health Care Services

School Districts:
• Simi Valley Unified School District

• American Jewish University

• State Route 118 runs through Simi Valley
• Simi Valley train Station with service for Amtrak and Metrolink
• Simi Valley Transit for intercity and intracity bus service

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