The County of Ventura was formed January 1, 1873, when it separated from Santa Barbara County. The county’s coastline stretches 42 miles along the Pacific Ocean in Southern California. The Los Padres National Forest accounts for 46 percent of the landmass in the northern portion of the county. Ventura County is a leading agricultural producer. Farming and the Los Padres National Forest occupy half of the county’s 1.2 million acres. More than a million people call Ventura County making it the 11th most populous county in the State of California.