Ventura County is a county in the southern part of the U.S. state of California. It is located on California’s Pacific coast. It is often referred to as the Gold Coast, and has a reputation of being one of the safest populated places and one of the most affluent places in the country. It is ranked as one of the 100 highest-income counties in the country and as the sixth wealthiest county in California by per capita income.This is partly because it is part of the Tech Coast Area, and has a large presence in technology corporations like telecommunications, healthcare, development, and especially biotech corporations, most of which are located in the Conejo Valley. As of December 2008, the median home price was $355,000.
As of the 2010 census, the county had a population of 823,318. The county seat is the city of Ventura (formally known as San Buenaventura). Ventura County’s largest city is Oxnard, with a population of about 200,000.
Ventura County has 10 incorporated cities and many other unincorporated communities. The cities are: Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and San Buenaventura (Ventura).
The area has a wide and strong economic base with most industries represented. The soil in the county is some of the best in the country placing county growers among the top ten in the state. Industries that provide employment in the county are: Educational, health and social services (17.2%), Manufacturing (13.8%), Retail trade (11.1%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative and waste management services (11.0%).
The Port of Hueneme is the State’s smallest and only deep-water port between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It plays a large role as a shipping point for the agriculture of the area.
The government employs many at various facilities throughout the county. Among them are the Naval Air Station at Point Mugu and The Naval Construction Battalion Center in Port Hueneme.