Ventura County has been named one of the most desirable places in the U.S. to live and has a crime rate 33% lower than the average for the state and for the country. The current county population is about 854,000. Median household income is slightly over $80,000, and the median home value is $605,300.
Its 2208 square miles of area are split by the Conejo Grade into the East County, in the Conejo Valley, and the West County, along the Pacific Ocean. The highest points in the county are the tail part of the Santa Monica Mountains. Mount Pinos is over 8,800 feet in elevation.
Chumash Indians inhabited the area for thousands of years before European discovery. Over half of the county is made up of national forest, which limits buildable area. Ventura County is located northwest of Los Angeles County and southeast of Santa Barbara County and is considered the southernmost county of California’s Central Coast, as well as a part of greater Los Angeles.