West Hills, Los Angeles, CA, Area and Education Info

West Hills is a community in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. Its location in the nation's second-largest metropolitan area provides residents access to some of the most highly-ranked universities in the country, including the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Southern California.

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Information about West Hills

The population of West Hills was about 41,000, as of 2008, according to the L.A. Department of City Planning. Because of its location within the metropolis of Los Angeles, residents benefit from close proximity to numerous professional, recreational and cultural opportunities.

Surrounded by the Santa Monica and San Gabriel mountain ranges, West Hills offers residents hiking and outdoors activities. Several beaches are also found nearby, including those in Malibu, Venice and Santa Monica. In winter, trips to nearby mountain ski resorts are popular among locals. Southern California's weather is mild, allowing residents to enjoy outdoor living nearly year round; temperatures typically stay above 40 degrees in winter and below 95 degrees in summer. Art museums, well-funded public libraries and the performing arts are just a few of the cultural resources available near West Hills and in the Los Angeles area.

Higher Education

The San Fernando Valley is home to California State University at Northridge, a comprehensive, 4-year public university offering more than three dozen master's degrees, while the greater Los Angeles area boasts some of the finest institutions of higher education in the United States, including the University of California at Los Angeles. Other bachelor's degree-granting universities include California State University at Los Angeles, in East L.A., and Woodbury University. The University of Southern California is also located in Los Angeles.

Economy and Employment

The West Hills economy relies on retail trade, banking, restaurants and bars. The economy in the surrounding metropolitan area is driven by the entertainment, insurance, transportation and biotech industries. Many of Los Angeles County's largest employers are located near West Hills and the San Fernando Valley, including the Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., Boeing, and the County and City of Los Angeles.

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