Thousand Oaks, California
Thousand Oaks is home to Amgen Inc., the largest biotechnology company in the world, and Ventura County’s largest private employer. While the business community is diverse and thriving, its residents repeatedly look for ways to preserve the community’s rural past.
The city is surrounded by a ring of open space, and local groups and the city continue to buy more land to save it from development. There are hiking trails in residential neighborhoods and, in some areas, people still keep horses in their backyards. Longtime residents remember Jungleland, where movie studios kept their large animal performers.
Family owned businesses and their simple storefronts have a strong presence along Thousand Oaks Boulevard. However the specialty chains in The Promenade at Westlake, The Lakes, The Oaks shopping center and the Janss Marketplace are the greater draw.
The city is known for its strong school district and is perennially among the safest small cities in America.
Location: 25 miles east of Ventura.
Origin of name: The name, presumably for the areas oaks, first appears on a tract map in 1923.<
Official flower: Conejo buckwheat.
Official tree: Native oak, valley oak and coast live oak.
ZIP codes: 91319, 91320, 91358, 91359, 91360, 91361, 91362.
Conejo Valley: 91360.
Westlake Village: 91359, 91362.
Incorporation date: Oct. 7, 1964.
Type of government: General law; city manager, council/mayor.
Average annual high temperature: 76 degrees.
Average annual low temperature: 49 degrees.
Average annual rainfall: 15.5 inches.
Elevation (near City Hall): 759 feet.