Ventura County in southern California is a great place to visit and an even better one to call home. Ventura is often called the Gold Coast and is one of the safest places in the country to live. The county also is on a list of 100 of the highest income counties and number 6 when it comes to wealthy per capita counties in the state of California.
The county’s history leads back to the Chumash tribe of American Indians who inhabited the area before Ventura County was founded there. Ventura is divided into two parts: the west and the east. East County is cities that are east of The Grade and the west county is cities to the west. East County consists of Thousand Oaks, Lake Sherwood and Hidden Valley. West County has the communities of Oxnard, Somis, Ventura and Fillmore.
Ventura County has two sides geographically. Most live in the southern part while north of Highway 126 is almost completely inhabitable. This part has rugged, uncharted land. That includes the Los Padres National Forest, the Chumash Wilderness and Sespe Wilderness. There are three high peaks in Ventura County. They are Mount Pinos, Frazier Mountain and Reyes Peak.
The politics in Ventura are actually split evenly. There is a slight lean towards the Republican Party when local and national elections are held. Since the year 1992, neither the Republican nor the Democratic Party has won more than 55 percent of the votes. Obama won the votes in Ventura in 2008.
Ventura has the beauty and a little bit of fame. The television network VH1 actually has used the county for the filming of one of its popular shows. The 2009 show Tool Academy used Ventura County as the setting.
Out of town visitors and residents alike both can enjoy what Ventura County has to offer. Visit Faria Beach Park and Hobson Beach Park for a fun day in the sun. Lake Casitas can be used for a day of boating. Take the whole family on a nature walk though Oak Valley Trail. Golf is also a popular recreational sport in Ventura. There are several golf courses to visit. Camp under the stars at many of the county’s campgrounds.
If history is what you crave, then Ventura can deliver. The Ventura County Museum of Art and History will take you back in time and please all of your senses will the works of art. The Ventura County Library also is a great place to visit, learn and take books home for light reading.
Education is important to Ventura County too. Classes can be taken at the University of California. There are also programs about air pollution, cleaning up the environment and making it safe. Ventura College can also take your education dreams and turn them into a successful career.
In Ventura, the neighborhoods are safe and the jobs are abundant. Families grow up here and couples grow old together. Ventura County should be the place that you call home.