The city of Simi Valley (from the Chumash word, Shimiyi), located in the eponymous valley, is situated in the southeast corner of Ventura County, California, United States. Located 30 miles (48 km) from Downtown Los Angeles, Simi Valley is part of the Greater Los Angeles Area. The city is adjacent to Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, and the Los Angeles neighborhood of Chatsworth. The city's 2014 population has been estimated at 126,871, up from 111,351 in 2000. The city of Simi Valley is surrounded by the Santa Susana Mountain range and the Simi Hills, west of the San Fernando Valley, and northeast of the Conejo Valley. It is largely a commuter bedroom communityfeeding the larger cities in Ventura County to the west and the Los Angeles area and the San Fernando Valley to the east.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, where the former president was buried following his death in 2004, is in Simi Valley. Simi Valley has been ranked twice as the 18th most Conservative city in the United States; once by The Bay Area Center For Voting Research and also by GovPro.com. The Reagan Library has been hosting several Republican primary debates, last in 2012, and the first primary debates in 2016 is scheduled to be held at the library. A study done by the University of Vermont ranked Simi Valley as the fifth-happiest city in the United States. According to crime statistics by the FBI in 2013, Simi Valley is the seventh-safest city in the U.S. with a population of 100,000 or more. The U.S. Census Bureau of 2012 reported a median household income of $87,894, which is higher than the California median of $70,231 and the national average of $62,527.