East Kern, California

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Population in July 2007: 82,330.
Males: 41,768  (50.7%)
Females: 40,562  (49.3%)
Median resident age:  34.0 years
California median age:  33.3 years

Zip code: 93505

Estimated median household income in 2012: $54,272 (it was $41,902 in 2000)
East Kern:

$54,272
CA:

$58,328
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $23,982 (it was $19,149 in 2000)

East Kern CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $121,638 (it was $72,400 in 2000)
East Kern:

$121,638
CA:

$349,400
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $201,075; Detached houses: $226,017; Townhouses or other attached units: $162,805; In 2-unit structures: $128,891; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $222,051; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $203,538; Mobile homes: $96,461; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $97,132
East Kern races chart
  • White alone - 49,245 (70.7%)
  • Hispanic - 10,995 (15.8%)
  • Black alone - 3,867 (5.6%)
  • Two or more races - 2,245 (3.2%)
  • Asian alone - 2,180 (3.1%)
  • American Indian alone - 686 (1.0%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 247 (0.4%)
  • Other race alone - 149 (0.2%)
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in East Kern: 142.4 (very high, U.S. average is 100)

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Land area: 1809.0 square miles.

Population density: 46 people per square mile   (very low).

East Kern, California map

For population 25 years and over in East Kern:

  • High school or higher: 83.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 18.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.1%
  • Unemployed: 8.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in East Kern CCD:

  • Never married: 21.2%
  • Now married: 61.4%
  • Separated: 2.5%
  • Widowed: 6.0%
  • Divorced: 11.5%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

East Kern CCD:  1.2% ($875)
California:  0.8% ($1,564)
East Kern satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Bakersfield, CA (61.3 miles , pop. 247,057).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (78.9 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: California City, CA (2.4 miles ), North Edwards, CA (3.6 miles ), Mojave, CA (4.1 miles ), Edwards AFB, CA (4.2 miles ), Baker, CA (4.4 miles ), Boron, CA (4.6 miles ), Randsburg, CA (4.7 miles) , Johannesburg, CA (4.8 miles) .

Latitude: 35.18 N, Longitude: 117.97 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 760

East Kern household income distribution East Kern home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

10.2%
California:

7.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Public administration (24%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Transportation equipment (5%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (3%)
  • Public administration (16%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Health care (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Engineers (8%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Computer specialists (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Child care workers (4%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)

Work and jobs in East Kern: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in East Kern, California

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

East Kern, California average temperatures East Kern, California average precipitation East Kern, California humidity East Kern, California wind speed East Kern, California snowfall East Kern, California sunshine East Kern, California clear and cloudy days

Earthquake activity:

East Kern-area historical earthquake activity is near California state average. It is 747% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/21/1952 at 11:52:14, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 59.6 miles away from the city center, causing $50,000,000 total damage
On 6/28/1992 at 11:57:34, a magnitude 7.6 (6.2 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.3 MW, Depth: 0.7 mi) earthquake occurred 106.8 miles away from East Kern center, causing 3 deaths (1 shaking deaths, 2 other deaths) and 400 injuries, causing $100,000,000 total damage and $40,000,000 insured losses
On 10/16/1999 at 09:46:44, a magnitude 7.4 (6.3 MB, 7.4 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.3 ML) earthquake occurred 98.4 miles away from the city center
On 11/4/1927 at 13:51:53, a magnitude 7.5 (7.5 UK) earthquake occurred 174.3 miles away from the city center
On 6/28/1992 at 15:05:30, a magnitude 6.9 (6.3 MB, 6.7 MS, 6.5 MW, 6.9 ME, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 89.8 miles away from East Kern center
On 1/17/1994 at 12:30:55, a magnitude 6.8 (6.4 MB, 6.8 MS, 6.7 MW, Depth: 11.4 mi) earthquake occurred 78.6 miles away from the city center, causing 60 deaths (60 shaking deaths) and 7000 injuries
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), energy magnitude (ME), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Kern County (24) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Fires: 9, Storms: 7, Winter Storms: 4, Landslides: 3, Mudslides: 3, Freezes: 2, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Tornado: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Amtrak station near East Kern:

  • 15 miles: MOJAVE (15900 SIERRA HWY.) - Bus Station . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, public restrooms, public payphones, snack bar, free short-term parking.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to East Kern:

  • Cerro Coso Community College (about 32 miles; Ridgecrest, CA; Full-time enrollment: 2,420)
  • Antelope Valley College (about 37 miles; Lancaster, CA; FT enrollment: 9,206)
  • Barstow Community College (about 58 miles; Barstow, CA; FT enrollment: 2,120)
  • Bakersfield College (about 59 miles; Bakersfield, CA; FT enrollment: 10,325)
  • Victor Valley College (about 64 miles; Victorville, CA; FT enrollment: 7,630)
  • College of the Canyons (about 64 miles; Santa Clarita, CA; FT enrollment: 11,307)
  • Los Angeles Mission College (about 65 miles; Sylmar, CA; FT enrollment: 4,825)

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Notable locations in East Kern: Holland Camp (A), Desert Empire Fairgrounds (B), North Gate (C), Owens Camp (D), Cudahy Camp (E), Schmidt Camp (F), South Gate (G), Edwards Siding (H), Thundering Herd Ranch (I), Colorado Camp (J), Wagon Wheel Ranch (K), West Antelope Station (L), Yellow Aster Mill (M), Willow Springs Transportation Technical Center (N), Muroc Golf Course (O), John Hartman Garage Area (P), Tierra del Sol Championship Golf Course (Q), Silver Saddle Ranch and Country Club (R), California City Public Golf Course (S), Freeman (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Boron Shopping Center (1), Aspen Mall Shopping Center (2), Tivoli Centre Shopping Center (3), Sierra Vista Shopping Center (4), Ridgecrest Plaza Shopping Center (5), Heritage Square Shopping Center (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in East Kern include: Bethel Missionary Baptist Church (A), Desert Christian Center (B), Family Bible Church (C), First Baptist Church of Ridgecrest (D), First Church of Christ Scientist (E), Immanuel Southern Baptist Church (F), Inyokern Baptist Church (G), Inyokern Church of Christ (H), Inyokern Community Methodist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Satellite Lake (A), Buckhorn Lake (B), Rogers Lake (C), Central Park Lake (D), Watershed Reservoir (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Cottonwood Creek (A), Little Dixie Wash (B), Cache Creek (C), Oak Creek (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in East Kern include: Red Rock Canyon State Park (1), Borax Bill Park (2), Branch Memorial Park (3), Central Park (4), Desert Memorial Park (5), Galileo Park (6), Hellmers Park (7), Kern County Park (8), Kern County Regional Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Kern County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2011 was 22.3. This is significantly better than average.

City:

22.3
U.S.:

74.2

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2004 was 7.76. This is about average. Closest monitor was 13.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.76
U.S.:

6.58

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2010 was 15.9. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 12.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

15.9
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2011 was 4.81. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 13.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

4.81
U.S.:

9.14
Average household size:
This place:  2.7 people
California:  2.9 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  68.6%
Whole state:  68.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  7.3%
Whole state:  7.2%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

13.9%
Whole state:

14.2%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

6.0%
Whole state:

6.3%

People in group quarters in East Kern in 2010:

  • 2,614 people in federal prisons
  • 329 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
  • 87 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 10 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 4 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness

People in group quarters in East Kern in 2000:

  • 733 people in military barracks, etc.
  • 87 people in nursing homes
  • 57 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 53 people in federal prisons and detention centers
  • 9 people in military transient quarters for temporary residents
  • 5 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 2 people in state prisons

East Kern compared to California state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (79%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (10%)
  • Electricity (9%)
  • Wood (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for East Kern CCD (based on Kern County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 43.65%
Here: 43.7%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionLDS (Mormon) ChurchAssemblies of GodInternational Church of the Foursquare Gospel
Adherents58.3%10.0%4.8%3.6%3.0%
Congregations6.2%13.3%7.3%8.9%4.0%
Name Non-Charismatic Churches IndependentChurches of ChristAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAUnited Methodist ChurchOther
Adherents2.0%1.6%1.6%1.5%13.7%
Congregations0.8%7.7%2.9%3.7%45.1%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 190
Kern County:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.
California:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
This county:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 63
Kern County:

0.80 / 10,000 pop.
California:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 165
Kern County:

2.10 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 362
Here:

4.60 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.42 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.0%
California:

7.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Kern County:

29.4%
California:

21.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

15.9%
State:

17.9%

5.81% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($38,274 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.81%
California average:

5.75%

0.12% of residents moved from foreign countries ($659 average AGI)
Kern County:

0.12%
California average:

0.21%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Los Angeles County, CA  1.67% ($38,595 average AGI)
from Ventura County, CA  0.35% ($43,063)
from Tulare County, CA  0.22% ($35,968)


4.94% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($40,551 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.94%
California average:

6.27%

0.11% of residents moved to foreign countries ($736 average AGI)
Kern County:

0.11%
California average:

0.11%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Los Angeles County, CA  0.71% ($35,352 average AGI)
to Tulare County, CA  0.18% ($32,865)
to San Diego County, CA  0.18% ($33,368)

Strongest AM radio stations in East Kern:

  • KIRN (670 AM; 35 kW; SIMI VALLEY, CA; Owner: LOTUS OXNARD CORP.)
  • KLAC (570 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KSPN (710 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: KABC-AM RADIO, INC.)
  • KFI (640 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KFWB (980 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • KDIS (1110 AM; 50 kW; PASADENA, CA; Owner: ABC,INC.)
  • KTNQ (1020 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: KTNQ-AM LICENSE CORP.)
  • KPLS (830 AM; 50 kW; ORANGE, CA; Owner: CRN LICENSES, LLC)
  • KXTA (1150 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KERI (1180 AM; 50 kW; WASCO-GREENACRES, CA; Owner: KWSO, INC.)
  • KAVL (610 AM; 5 kW; LANCASTER, CA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KMPC (1540 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: ROSE CITY RADIO CORPORATION)
  • KBLA (1580 AM; 50 kW; SANTA MONICA, CA)

Strongest FM radio stations in East Kern:

  • K266AH (101.1 FM; BENA, CA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KTQX (90.1 FM; BAKERSFIELD, CA; Owner: RADIO BILINGUE, INC.)
  • KKZQ (100.1 FM; TEHACHAPI, CA; Owner: HIGH DESERT BROADCASTING LLC)
  • KCRY (88.1 FM; MOJAVE, CA; Owner: SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT)
  • KMYX-FM (92.5 FM; ARVIN, CA; Owner: FARMWORKER EDUC. RADIO NETWORK, INC.)
  • KLOA-FM (104.9 FM; RIDGECREST, CA; Owner: ADELMAN COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KCEL (106.9 FM; CALIFORNIA CITY, CA; Owner: KCEL RADIO, LLC)
  • KRAJ (100.9 FM; JOHANNESBURG, CA; Owner: ADELMAN BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KGBM (89.7 FM; RANDSBURG, CA; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KCBS-FM (93.1 FM; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • KSCA (101.9 FM; GLENDALE, CA; Owner: HBC LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • K212FA (90.3 FM; TEMPLE CITY, CA; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KLOS (95.5 FM; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: KLOS-FM RADIO, INC.)
  • KOST (103.5 FM; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KLVE (107.5 FM; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: KLVE-FM LICENSE CORP.)
  • KIIS-FM (102.7 FM; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KZIQ-FM (92.7 FM; RIDGECREST, CA; Owner: JAMES KNUDSEN & DONNA KNUDSEN)
  • K202DJ (88.3 FM; PALMDALE, CA; Owner: SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DIST.)
  • KPCC (89.3 FM; PASADENA, CA; Owner: PASADENA AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT)
  • KHHT (92.3 FM; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)

TV broadcast stations around East Kern:

  • KTRO-LP (Channel 50; LANCASTER, CA; Owner: ROBERT D. ADELMAN)
  • KHIZ (Channel 64; BARSTOW, CA; Owner: SUNBELT TELEVISION, INC.)

East Kern on our top lists:

  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Sales and related occupations: (population 50,000+)"
  • #2 on the list of "Top 100 cities with largest land areas (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Mining (population 50,000+)"
  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Public administration (population 50,000+)"
  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Therapists (population 50,000+)"
  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in military barracks, etc. (population 50,000+)"
  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Public administration (population 50,000+)"
  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Retail sales workers except cashiers (population 50,000+)"
  • #15 on the list of "Top 100 cities with lowest ratio of median house value to median household income (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Office supplies and stationery stores (population 50,000+)"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Business operations specialists (population 50,000+)"
  • #18 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest average sunshine amount (population 50,000+)"
  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Accountants and auditors (population 50,000+)"
  • #20 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations: (population 50,000+)"
  • #20 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Social assistance (population 50,000+)"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in federal prisons and detention centers (population 50,000+)"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of workers with very short commute times (9 minutes or less) (population 50,000+)"
  • #22 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Business operations specialists (population 50,000+)"
  • #22 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Utilities (population 50,000+)"
  • #23 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Art and design workers (population 50,000+)"
  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) 24-hour air pollution readings in 2005 (µg/m3)"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Ozone (8-hour) air pollution readings in 2005 (ppm)"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2005 (µg/m3)"
  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2005 (ppm)"
  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2005 (µg/m3)"
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