Simi Valley is located in the southeast corner of Ventura County, and has a population of 118,687 (2005). The city currently ranks as the seventh safest city in the United States with a population between 100,000 and 500,000. In prior years, it has received top rank in the same class. Simi Valley is known as the home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
Once a community of farmers and blue collar workers, Simi Valley is now an affluent suburban community. There are two main industries in the city- one dominating the east side and one dominating the west. The primary industry consists of 69 machinery and tool firms, and the other is made up of 51 metal firms. Simi Valley is also home to two California Historic Landmarks. These include Grandma Prisbey's Bottle Village- one of California's Twentieth Century Folk Art Environments- and Rancho Simi, the site of the headquarters of the Spanish Rancho San Jose de Nuestra Senora de Altagarcia y Simi. Rancho Simi was one of the state's largest land grants at 113,000 acres.
Simi Valley boasts six golf courses, 20 city parks, and five county parks to preserve the large open spaces near the Santa Susana Mountains. The Kanan Ranch home development has nature trails for bicyclists, hikers, and equestrians. As far as local sports teams, Simi Valley has two collegiate baseball teams: the Simi Valley Senators and the California Oaks.