located just northwest of Los Angeles County and is bordered by Kern County to the north, Santa Barbara County to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. The county covers 1,843 square miles and has 43 miles of coastline.
The northern portion of the County is comprised mainly of the Los Padres National Forest; the majority of the County's population is in its southern half. Ventura County is home to over 700,000 people and contains ten incorporated cities, with the City of Ventura acting as the county seat.
An extensive network of freeways links the County's communities and, along with railway and airport facilities, offers strategic access to outside markets.
The County's three airports, located in Oxnard, Santa Paula and Camarillo, are vital to the economic growth of industry, business and recreation.
Strengthening the County's position as a major marketer is the Port of Hueneme, the only deep-water port between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Port was recently granted Port of Entry status and Foreign Trade Zone status.
With the Central Coast World Trade Center Association headquartered in Oxnard, Ventura County is developing strong international ties, especially with Pacific Rim markets. The trade association utilizes networking, education and promotion to help meet members' goals for participating in global markets.
Furthermore, Ventura County has a wide variety of communities that offer families several surroundings and life-styles. The Conejo and Simi Valleys offer an appealing combination of rural and urban life-style within close proximity of Los Angeles.
Santa Paula and Fillmore, located in the heart of the County, provide a small-town ambiance set in groves of lemons, oranges and avocados.
Fast-growing Moorpark and neighboring Simi Valley are surrounded by horse country, as is scenic, artistic Ojai, nestled in the mountains of the coastal range.
The cities of Ventura, Oxnard and Port Hueneme share a California coastal lifestyle, offering abundant opportunities for all types of water sports, including boating and sport fishing.
Camarillo's near-perfect climate and open agricultural space, a few miles from the coast, have attracted a balanced economy to an area of planned growth.