Get to know Simi Valley, Ca

Simi Valley lies in the valley of the same name in Ventura County.  It had been part of Rancho Simi, the earliest Spanish land grant in Ventura County.  It changed hands several times before being bought by the Philadelphia and California Petroleum Company in 1858.  Headed by Thomas Scott, the company began to sell the ranch lands when no oil was found.  In 1887 part of the rancho was purchased by the Simi Land and Water Company.  The small town of Santa Susana del Rancho Simi flourished in the 19th century.  Until the 1970’s the valley was dominated by farms, orchards, and groves.  The City of Simi Valley was incorporated in 1969.  In 1992 a courtroom in Simi Valley was used for the Rodney King trial.  Popular attractions include the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Santa Susana Knolls, and Rancho Simi.  Simi Valley relies on machinery and tools and metal industries.  Lumber, food, plastics, textiles, and minerals are other large industries in the area.  The Simi Valley Unified School District and the Simi Valley Hospital & Health Care are the largest employers.

Quick Facts

Population: 126,103

Median Household Income: $90,210

Median Property Value: $450,500

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