The City of San Buenaventura, more commonly known as Ventura, is the namesake and administrative center of Ventura County. It lies in the western, coastal territory of the county, approximately 50 miles from the center of the San Fernando Valley
and approximately 65 miles from Downtown Los Angeles
. It has a fairly large population of 100,000-plus residents. Because it is the county seat, Ventura maintains close to 8,000 government employees in varying roles, and moreover, the Ventura County Health Care Agency, Ventura Unified School District, and Ventura College are all among the city’s top five employers. So, it’s sort of a government town.
Residents enjoy access to the Pacific Ocean, and along with it, favorable surfing conditions. Ventura has a downtown area exhibiting historic architecture, some restaurants (including fresh seafood joints on the harbor), and a mixture of both high-end and mom-and-pop stores. The 126 and 101 freeways are Ventura’s primary arteries when it comes to lighting out across the county and beyond; locally, Main Street, Foothill Road, and Harbor Blvd are prominent.