🇺🇸 The city of Simi Valley, in the valley of the same name, is in the south-east corner of Ventura County, California, and is part of the Greater Los Angeles Area. The city sits next to Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, and Chatsworth.
The city of Simi Valley is surrounded by the Santa Susana Mountain range and the Simi Hills, west of the San Fernando Valley, and north-east of the Conejo Valley. It grew as a commuter bedroom community for the cities in the Los Angeles area and the San Fernando Valley when a freeway was built over the Santa Susana Pass.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, where the former president was buried in 2004, is in Simi Valley. The Reagan Library has hosted Republican primary debates in 2012 and 2016.
Economy Commuting into the city of Los Angeles for work is done by 27% of Simi Valley residents, with 20% working within Simi Valley.
In Simi Valley there are two main areas of industry — one in the eastern part of the city and the other one in the west. The primary industry is machinery and tools with 69 firms, and the secondary is the metal Industry with 51 firms, both situated in the eastern and western industrial areas. Other industries such as Lumber/Wood Products, Food, Plastic Products, Apparel/Textiles and Minerals, are also concentrated largely in these industrial areas.
The largest division of Countrywide Home Loans, now Bank of America, Loan Administration, has been headquartered in the city since the mid-1990s. Operating from Madera Road in a building that once housed the apparel company Bugle Boy, the company also has facilities on Tapo Canyon Road, and First Street. At its height, Countrywide had approximately 10,000 employees in the city.
The Volkswagen of America Design Center was once in an industrial complex across from the Costco wholesale club near Madera and Cochran. The VW Design Center California or DCC, moved to Santa Monica, California in the spring of 2006. Such notable automotive designers as Jay Mays, now (2007) VP Design for Ford and Freeman Thomas, co-designer with Jay Mays of the original Audi TT, once called the DCC in Simi Valley their place of work. The original concept for the New Beetle from Jay Mays, had its genesis there.
Top employers According to the a recent Financial Report, the top employers in the city include: 1 Simi Valley Unified School District; 2 Simi Valley Hospital & Health Care; 3 Meggitt Safety Systems, Inc.; 4 City of Simi Valley; 5 Milgard Windows & Doors; 6 Coast to Coast Computer Products; 7 Lowe's Home Improvement; 8 Polytainer, Inc.; 9 Target; 10 Albertson's.
Simi Valley has a population of over 125,613 people. Simi Valley also forms part of the wider Los Angeles metropolitan area which has a population of over 13,310,447 people.
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