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 2017: $58,934 (it was $41,902 in 2000)
East Kern:

$58,934
CA:

$71,805

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $25,936 (it was $19,149 in 2000)

East Kern CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $166,585 (it was $72,400 in 2000)
East Kern:

$166,585
CA:

$509,400

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $255,674; detached houses: $264,240; townhouses or other attached units: $217,353; in 2-unit structures: $210,855; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $203,291; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $220,150; mobile homes: $167,307; occupied boats, rvs, vans, etc.: $60,537
March 2019 cost of living index in East Kern: 93.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
  • Races in East Kern, CA (2000)
    • 49,24570.7%White alone
    • 10,99515.8%Hispanic
    • 3,8675.6%Black alone
    • 2,2453.2%Two or more races
    • 2,1803.1%Asian alone
    • 6861.0%American Indian alone
    • 2470.4%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 1490.2%Other race alone

Races in East Kern detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

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

1.2% ($875)
California:

0.8% ($1,564)

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

Distribution of median household income in East Kern, CA in 2017
East Kern satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

10.1%
California:

4.6%
Most common industries in East Kern, CA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Public administration (20.2%)
  • Educational services (7.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.9%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (6.8%)
  • Health care (5.8%)
  • Construction (5.6%)
  • Transportation equipment (3.2%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Public administration (23.7%)
  • Construction (8.5%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (7.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.2%)
  • Transportation equipment (5.0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (4.7%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (3.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Public administration (16.0%)
  • Educational services (12.4%)
  • Health care (10.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.9%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (5.9%)
  • Social assistance (5.4%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.4%)
Most common occupations in East Kern, CA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Engineers (5.1%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.2%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.9%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (3.8%)
  • Computer specialists (3.4%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Engineers (8.5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (6.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.9%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4.8%)
  • Computer specialists (4.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (3.8%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (6.8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5.4%)
  • Cashiers (4.6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.5%)
  • Child care workers (4.3%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (4.3%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.2%)

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
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI NO2 PM10
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 51.5. This is significantly better than average.

City:

51.5
U.S.:

74.2
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

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

City:

7.76
U.S.:

5.56
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 26.5. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 12.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

26.5
U.S.:

19.6

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 East Kern 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 the city 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 the city 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 East Kern 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 (27) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 12, Floods: 11, 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)

Points of interest:

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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
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

For population 15 years and over in East Kern:

Marital status in East Kern, CA
  • Never married: 21.2%
  • Now married: 61.4%
  • Separated: 2.5%
  • Widowed: 6.0%
  • Divorced: 11.5%

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
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.1
California average:

16.1

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for East Kern, CA (based on Kern County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic245,83630
Evangelical Protestant114,724436
Other30,68783
Mainline Protestant7,45938
Black Protestant4,02625
Orthodox4503
None436,449-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 190
Here:

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.
California:

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

0.80 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

2.10 / 10,000 pop.
California:

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

4.60 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.42 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Kern County:

8.0%
California:

7.3%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

29.4%
California:

21.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Kern County:

15.9%
State:

17.9%

3.97% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($43,098 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.97%
California average:

5.03%

0.05% of residents moved from foreign countries ($593 average AGI)
Kern County:

0.05%
California average:

0.07%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Los Angeles County, CA  1.00% ($41,298 average AGI)
from Tulare County, CA  0.20% ($32,845)
from Ventura County, CA  0.14% ($44,824)


4.27% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($51,465 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.27%
California average:

5.21%

0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries ($649 average AGI)
Kern County:

0.05%
California average:

0.09%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Los Angeles County, CA  0.68% ($42,474 average AGI)
to Tulare County, CA  0.20% ($41,532)
to San Diego County, CA  0.17% ($53,172)

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.)
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in East Kern, CA
  • 78.0%Utility gas
  • 11.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 6.4%Electricity
  • 3.4%Wood
  • 0.6%Other fuel
  • 0.1%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in East Kern, CA
  • 79.6%Utility gas
  • 12.8%Electricity
  • 6.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.4%Wood
  • 0.3%Other fuel
  • 0.2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.2%Coal or coke


East Kern compared to California state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage 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.

East Kern on our top lists:

  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: extraction workers (population 50,000+)"
  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: drafters, engineering, and mapping technicians (population 50,000+)"
  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: child care workers (population 50,000+)"
  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: office supplies and stationery stores (population 50,000+)"
  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: motor vehicle and parts dealers (population 50,000+)"
  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: gasoline stations (population 50,000+)"
  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: librarians, curators, and archivists (population 50,000+)"
  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: public administration (population 50,000+)"
  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: drafters, engineering, and mapping technicians (population 50,000+)"
  • #3 on the list of "Top 100 cities with largest land areas (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: gasoline stations (population 50,000+)"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: engineers (population 50,000+)"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: social assistance (population 50,000+)"
  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: recyclable material merchant wholesalers (population 50,000+)"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: public administration (population 50,000+)"
  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: rail transportation (population 50,000+)"
  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (population 50,000+)"
  • #11 on the list of "Top 100 cities with the largest percentage of males (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: warehousing and storage (population 50,000+)"
  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: chemicals (population 50,000+)"
  • #59 (93505) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the lowest 2012 average net capital gain/loss (pop 5,000+)"
  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest carbon monoxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest lead air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest lead air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
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