The City of Thousand Oaks, located in beautiful Ventura County, 12 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, is nestled against the Santa Monica Mountains and surrounded by more than 14,800 acres of natural publicly owned open space.
This open space contains 75 miles of trails for hiking, biking, or just leisurely walking. While this natural acreage gives our community the best of nature, another source of pride in our community is the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Opened in 1994, this jewel of cultural arts has become a beacon for our region featuring world-class entertainment, musicals, concerts, children’s shows, ballets, and much more. Thousand Oaks, a family-oriented community of 128,000, is home to excellent schools, outstanding parks, and myriad shopping opportunities, including the largest auto mall in the nation, according to J.D. Powers and Associates.
Incorporated in 1964, Thousand Oaks is a master planned community. The City provides a wide range of services to residents including a city-owned library, teen center, senior center, cultural center, quality infrastructure, and natural open space. The City has been fortunate in that is has maintained a balanced budget throughout its history due to conservative management. To keep the balanced budget in place in the face of state budget cuts, City leaders have enacted a selective hiring freeze with approximately thirty positions frozen (not being filled). Even though Thousand Oaks is still growing, the City is not adding any new positions while maintaining current programs and services.
Thousand Oaks is a premiere Southern California community with family-friendly amenities. More than 40 years of achievements have made Thousand Oaks one of the most sought after places in California to live, work, and play.
Since incorporation in 1964, the City of Thousand Oaks has earned well-deserved accolades:
• Ranked #5 on FBI’s list Top 10 Safest US Cities with population of 100,000+
• Ranked #4 on Kiplinger’s “10 Great Cities to Raise Your Kids”
• Bicycling Magazine’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities in America
• Trail City National Hall of Fame l996
• Tree City USA
• Among Top Communities for statewide academic achievement