City Manager: Mark Watkins

Economic Development Manager:     Leigh Eisen

(805) 677-3947

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City Description:

With its moderate climate, picturesque natural landscape, and mellow vibes, Ventura is a classic Southern California beach town with a population of more than 109,000. Voted No. 1 on its “The 10 Best Places to Live Now” by Men’s Journal and “The Top 100 Best Places to Live” by, Ventura has miles of uncrowded beaches and bikeways, a commercial harbor that gateways to the Channel Islands National Park, beautiful vistas, and a thriving cultural and arts scene.


Ventura is an upwardly mobile market, with a median age of 39 years and an average household income of $81,785. Nearly 29% of all households earn more than $100,000. Located less than an hour away from Los Angeles and thirty miles down the coast from Santa Barbara, Ventura is a strategic location to launch, grow, or expand your business.


In addition to being the County seat, progressive companies like Patagonia, The Trade Desk, and Petunia Pickle Bottom, have chosen Ventura for their headquarters. With top-notch medical providers and two state of the art medical facilities being constructed as anchors to a “Wellness District”, it’s no surprise that we have a bustling vibrant City of Good Fortune. (Our official name, San Buenaventura, means “good fortune”.)



2010 population: 106,433

2014 population: 109,484

% Change: 2.1%

% High School Graduates: 89.5%

% 4-year Degree +: 33.6%

Median Household Income: $81,785 (2010-2014)

Media Value of Owner-Occupied Housing: $428,600 (2010-2014)

% Pop in Labor Force:  71,749 people (65.4%)

Incorporation Year: 1866

Acres of Open Space:  11,693

Quality of Life:

  • Award-Winning K-12 Schools
  • City and State Beaches
  • Vibrant Downtown
  • Arroyo Verde (and Ventura Botanical Garden ) Hiking Trails
  • Ventura River Bike Path
  • Beachfront Promenade (Walk/Run/Bike)
  • Ventura Pier
  • World Class Surf Breaks (C-Street)

Cultural Offerings:

  • Museum of Ventura County
  • Channel Islands National Park
  • Albinger Archeological Museum
  • Dudley House Historical Museum
  • Olivas Adobe Historical Park
  • Erle Stanley Gardner Building
  • San Buenaventura Mission
  • Ventura County Ballet
  • Artwalk
  • Music Under the Stars Concert Series
  • Rubicon Theatre Company
  • Ventura Music Festival
  • City of Ventura Municipal Gallery
  • City of Ventura Public Art Collection

Annual Events:

  • Fall Artwalk Ventura (Downtown & Westside)
  • Rubicon International Theatre Festival
  • Focus on the Masters Series
  • 4th of July Street Fair
  • St Patrick’s Day Parade
  • Ventura County Fair and Parade
  • Winter Wine Walk
  • Johnny Cash Festival (Roadshow Revival)
  • Harvest Festival
  • Pier Under the Stars
  • Ventura Music Festival
  • Champagne on Main
  • California Beer Festival
  • Surf Rodeo
  • Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest
  • Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights
  • Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival

Top Employers

  • County of Ventura      (8,265)
  • Ventura County Health Care Agency            (2,445)
  • Ventura Unified School District         (1,896)
  • Ventura College          (650)
  • Community Memorial Hospital          (1,750)
  • Argon ST        (990)
  • City of San Buenaventura      (566)
  • Employer’s Depot       (450)
  • MediTech Health Services      (400)
  • Judicial Council of California             (370)


  • Ventura County Medical Center (#1 Family Residency Program in the Nation)
  • Community Memorial Hospital
  • Ventura County Mental Health
  • Ventura County Public Health
  • Kaiser Permanente

School Districts:

  • Golden Valley Charter School (K –12)
  • Ventura Unified School District (31 K – 12 schools)
  • Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education (K – 8)


  • Brooks Institute
  • Santa Barbara Business College
  • Southern California Institute of Law
  • University of La Verne-Ventura Campus
  • Ventura College
  • Ventura College of Law


  • Gold Coast Transit (public bus system)
  • Amtrak (station at Ventura Fairgrounds)
  • Metrolink (E. Ventura station)
  • VCTC (public bus system)

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