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Hailed as the fifth-happiest city in America, Simi Valley serves as a wonderful haven to approximately 127,000 cheerful residents. It’s a well-known commuter town for both Los Angeles and other cities in Ventura County and, located just 15 miles to the beach, its popularity is no surprise. Simi Valley gets its name from the Chumash word for “little wind cloud.” But Simi residents rarely see those clouds, given how they enjoy nearly constant sunshine.
Mile after mile of picturesque hiking trails and several lovely local fishing ponds make Simi Valley a prime destination for adventurous nature lovers. Rocky Peak is especially noteworthy for its panoramic views and lush fields of wildflowers.
Simi Dog Park makes for an exciting spot for four-legged friends to roam, with separate areas for big and small companions. Finally, the historic Corriganville Park and Movie Ranch, once a working film studio, now sports several cinematic hiking trails (including the runner-friendly Loop Trail) as its claim to fame.
The Simi Valley Unified School District serves nearly 15% of the city and offers 33 primary and secondary schools, including the very highly-rated Vista Elementary School (679 students) and Santa Susana High School (1,271), which ranks among the top 5% of schools throughout the United States.
Many parents in Simi Valley look to the nearby Moorpark Unified and Oak Park School Districts for an additional range of schooling options for their children.
The median age of Simi Valley residents is 40, with a median household income of just under $90,000.
Four out of five residents are homeowners, and just 20% of the city population are unmarried.
College education is fairly prevalent as well, as 40% of the city has earned a diploma.
The Golden Nugget Pub ranks as one of the great dive bars in all of Ventura County and impresses Simi Valley residents with its enticing selection of craft beers. Glazed-donut egg sandwiches and fresh-baked croissants help The Flying Yolk to stand out, while the wood-paneled Larsen’s Grill tempts guests all over with its romantic and plentiful steakhouse selections.
Other mouthwatering options in Simi Valley include Sutter’s Mill and All About The Burgers.
The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center regularly showcases musicals and live performances – great entertainment options for when city dwellers have seen all the titles at the three movie theaters in town with a total of 35 screens.
Athletes and fitness fanatics enjoy Simi Valley’s abundance of gyms and three golf courses, in addition to cool activities like the kid-friendly Skatelab. The well-regarded Simi Valley Hospital gives extreme sports fans peace of mind.
A large calendar of worthwhile events like the Cajun & Blues Festival and Simi Valley Dream Cuisine proves Simi Valley is delightful all year long. Recommendation: check out Grandma Prisbrey’s Bottle Village, an iconic folk art environment that makes beauty out of landfill materials.
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