Ridgecrest, California

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Population in 2013: 28,600 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: +14.7%
 
Males: 14,089  (49.3%)
Females: 14,511  (50.7%)
Median resident age:  33.8 years
California median age:  32.1 years

Zip codes: 93555.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $58,567 (it was $44,971 in 2000)
Ridgecrest:

$58,567
CA:

$58,328
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $27,152 (it was $21,312 in 2000)

Ridgecrest city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $161,605 (it was $68,500 in 2000)
Ridgecrest:

$161,605
CA:

$349,400
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $195,647; Detached houses: $211,921; Townhouses or other attached units: $144,085; In 2-unit structures: $125,304; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $218,702; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $84,870; Mobile homes: $55,832; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $94,662

Median gross rent in 2012: $805.

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  • White alone - 19,428 (68.6%)
  • Hispanic - 4,195 (14.8%)
  • Black alone - 1,539 (5.4%)
  • Asian alone - 1,251 (4.4%)
  • Two or more races - 957 (3.4%)
  • American Indian alone - 232 (0.8%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 156 (0.6%)
  • Other race alone - 9 (0.03%)

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

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Ridgecrest: 86.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (13.7%), Irish (8.8%), English (8.0%), United States (7.2%), Italian (2.9%), Polish (1.9%).

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Elevation: 2289 feet

Land area: 21.1 square miles.

Population density: 1,354 people per square mile   (low).

Ridgecrest,CA real estate house value index trend

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For population 25 years and over in Ridgecrest:

  • High school or higher: 91.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 27.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 9.1%
  • Unemployed: 6.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Ridgecrest city:

  • Never married: 28.0%
  • Now married: 50.5%
  • Separated: 2.4%
  • Widowed: 6.3%
  • Divorced: 12.7%

2,253 residents are foreign born (2.1% Asia, 0.9% Europe).

This city:  8.0%
California:  27.1%



According to our research of California and other state lists there were 50 registered sex offenders living in Ridgecrest, California as of May 30, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Ridgecrest to the number of sex offenders is 567 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,546 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $1,211 (0.7%)

Ridgecrest satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: East Kern, CA (34.9 miles , pop. 69,614).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Bakersfield, CA (78.5 miles , pop. 247,057).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (113.4 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: China Lake Acres, CA (2.3 miles ), Inyokern, CA (2.8 miles ), Red Mountain-Trona, CA (3.6 miles ), Pearsonville, CA (4.2 miles) , Johannesburg, CA (4.2 miles) , Randsburg, CA (4.2 miles) , Searles Valley, CA (4.4 miles ), Trona, CA (4.4 miles) .

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 9 buildings, average cost: $112,500
  • 1998: 9 buildings, average cost: $113,600
  • 1999: 10 buildings, average cost: $113,400
  • 2000: 11 buildings, average cost: $113,400
  • 2001: 12 buildings, average cost: $113,400
  • 2002: 12 buildings, average cost: $113,400
  • 2003: 13 buildings, average cost: $113,400
  • 2004: 14 buildings, average cost: $113,400
  • 2005: 15 buildings, average cost: $113,400
  • 2006: 11 buildings, average cost: $113,400
  • 2007: 48 buildings, average cost: $132,100
  • 2008: 29 buildings, average cost: $132,100
  • 2009: 36 buildings, average cost: $141,000
  • 2010: 38 buildings, average cost: $141,000
  • 2011: 51 buildings, average cost: $133,600
  • 2012: 31 buildings, average cost: $128,800

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 35.62 N, Longitude: 117.68 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +877 (+3.1%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 9,380 (74.9%)

Area code: 760

Ridgecrest household income distribution Ridgecrest home values distribution

Property values in Ridgecrest, CA


Crime rates in Ridgecrest by Year
Type 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Murders 0100100010322
per 100,000 0.03.90.00.03.90.00.00.03.90.011.67.27.1
Rapes 9107201662023191512124
per 100,000 29.139.427.178.161.723.176.387.374.458.346.242.914.1
Robberies 61667151416161310121416
per 100,000 19.463.023.227.357.853.861.160.750.938.946.250.156.6
Assaults 106116739212581111113891411038886
per 100,000 342.3456.9282.5359.4482.0311.2423.5428.8348.5548.2396.6314.9304.2
Burglaries 136219249238226217240221155170210192234
per 100,000 439.1862.5963.5929.8871.5833.8915.8838.7606.9661.0808.5687.2827.6
Thefts 317438363466436414507359342335348292327
per 100,000 1023.51725.11404.71820.51681.41590.71934.51362.41339.11302.51339.91045.11156.6
Auto thefts 38635553516545415643533741
per 100,000 122.7248.1212.8207.0196.7249.8171.7155.6219.3167.2204.1132.4145.0
Arson 1616239413841323211512
per 100,000 51.763.089.035.215.450.030.515.250.989.480.953.742.4
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 301.1) 188.3314.3237.5312.4331.1251.1335.8314.9279.7294.2294.2238.9230.4

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City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Ridgecrest detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 46 (31 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.10
California average:

2.36
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

5.8%
California:

7.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: -3,635 (-12.7%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Public administration (27%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (14%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Construction (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (16%)
  • Public administration (15%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Engineers (14%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Computer specialists (5%)
  • Drafters, engineering, and mapping technicians (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Child care workers (4%)
  • Cashiers (4%)

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

Average climate in Ridgecrest, California

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Ridgecrest-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above California state average. It is 842% 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 86.2 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 118.7 miles away from Ridgecrest 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 103.8 miles away from the city center
On 11/4/1927 at 13:51:53, a magnitude 7.5 (7.5 UK) earthquake occurred 195.7 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 104.2 miles away from Ridgecrest center
On 4/18/1906 at 13:12:21, a magnitude 7.9 (7.9 UK) earthquake occurred 337.6 miles away from the city center, causing $524,000,000 total damage
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).
Ridgecrest topographic map

Birthplace of: Mark Hoppus - Musician, J. D. Martin - Baseball player, Jennifer O'Dell - Film actor, Brett Battles - Crime fiction writer, Lacy Barnes-Mileham - Athletics competitor, Rory O'Neil - College basketball player (USC Trojans).

Hospitals and medical centers in Ridgecrest:

  • INDIAN WELLS VALLEY SURGERY CENTER (1111 NORTH CHINA LAKE BLVD)
  • RIDGECREST REGIONAL HOSPITAL (Voluntary non-profit - Private, 1081 NORTH CHINA LAKE BLVD)
  • INDIAN WELLS VALLEY (212 S. RICHMOND ROAD)
  • RIDGECREST REGIONAL HOSPITAL HOME HEALTH AGENCY (1653 TRIANGLE DRIVE)
  • SANDERSON'S HOME HEALTH AGENCY (720 NORTH NORMA STREET, SUITE E)
  • RIDGECREST HEALTHCARE CENTER (1131 N. CHINA LAKE BLVD.)

Heliports and other landing facilities located in Ridgecrest:

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College/University in Ridgecrest:

  • Cerro Coso Community College (Full-time enrollment: 2,420; Location: 3000 College Heights Blvd; Public; Website: cerrocoso.edu)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Ridgecrest:

  • Barstow Community College (about 64 miles; Barstow, CA; Full-time enrollment: 2,120)
  • Antelope Valley College (about 72 miles; Lancaster, CA; FT enrollment: 9,206)
  • Bakersfield College (about 75 miles; Bakersfield, CA; FT enrollment: 10,325)
  • Porterville College (about 81 miles; Porterville, CA; FT enrollment: 2,560)
  • California State University-Bakersfield (about 83 miles; Bakersfield, CA; FT enrollment: 7,564)
  • Victor Valley College (about 83 miles; Victorville, CA; FT enrollment: 7,630)
  • College of the Canyons (about 99 miles; Santa Clarita, CA; FT enrollment: 11,307)

Public high schools in Ridgecrest:

Private high school in Ridgecrest:

  • IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 174; Location: 201 W GRAAF AVE; Grades: PK - 12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Ridgecrest:

Private elementary/middle schools in Ridgecrest:

  • ST ANN SCHOOL (Students: 128; Location: 446 W CHURCH AVE; Grades: KG - 8)
  • HERITAGE MONTESSORI SCHOOL (Students: 80; Location: 934 N HERITAGE DR; Grades: PK - TK)
  • ADVENTIST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 25; Location: 555 W LAS FLORES AVE; Grades: T1 - 7)
See full list of schools located in Ridgecrest, School District: SIERRA SANDS UNIFIED

User submitted facts and corrections:

  • Private K-12, Immanuel Christian School, Accredited
  • Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 was born in Ridgecrest, California on March 15 1972

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Notable locations in Ridgecrest: Desert Empire Fairgrounds (A), North Gate (B), South Gate (C), China Lake Golf Club (D), China Lake Naval Air Weapons Fire Department Station 2 (E), China Lake Naval Air Weapons Fire Department Station 4 (F), China Lake Naval Air Weapons Fire Department Station 3 (G), China Lake Naval Air Weapons Fire Department Station 1 (H), Ridgecrest City Hall (I), Ridgecrest Branch Kern County Library (J), Maturango Museum (K), Kern County Administration Building (L), Kern County Fire Department Station 77 Ridgecrest Heights (M), Kern County Fire Department Station 74 Ridgecrest (N). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Churches in Ridgecrest include: Desert Christian Center (A), Family Bible Church (B), First Baptist Church of Ridgecrest (C), First Church of Christ Scientist (D), Immanuel Southern Baptist Church (E), Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses (F), New Beginnings Baptist Fellowship Church (G), Our Saviors Lutheran Church (H), Ridgecrest Church of Christ (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lake: Satellite Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in Ridgecrest include: Desert Memorial Park (1), Hellmers Park (2), Kern County Regional Park (3), Stauffer Park (4), Pearson Park (5), Upjohn Park (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attraction: Jornales Studio (Art Museums; 301 S China Lake Blvd # D) (1). Display/hide its approximate location on the map

Hotels: Heritage Inn And Suites (1050 N. Norma) (1), Aloha Motel (706 Balsam St) (2), Best Western China Lake Inn (400 South China Lake Boulevard) (3), Budget Inn (831 North China Lake Bl) (4), Bevlen Haus Bed & Breakfast (809 North Sanders Street) (5). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Court: Kern County - Superior Court- East Kern Division- Ridgecrest (132 East Coso Avenue) (1). Display/hide its approximate location 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 2012 was 88.1. This is about average.

City:

88.1
U.S.:

74.2

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 6.63. This is about average. Closest monitor was 18.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.63
U.S.:

6.58

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 0.499. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 18.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.499
U.S.:

1.929

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 35.1. This is about average. Closest monitor was 18.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

35.1
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 21.2. This is about average. Closest monitor was 0.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

21.2
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 5.18. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 0.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.18
U.S.:

9.14

Drinking water stations with addresses in Ridgecrest and their reported violations in the past:

CHINA LAKE ACRES MUTUAL WATER COMPANY (Population served: 59, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One minor monitoring violation
IDYLWILDE TRACT ASSOCIATION (Population served: 55, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • 3 regular monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in Ridgecrest that have no violations reported:

  • COSO JUNCTION RANCH STORE (Population served: 1,000, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • PANAMINT SPRINGS RESORT (Population served: 200, Primary Water Source Type: Surface water)
  • PEARSONVILLE WATER SYSTEM (Population served: 100, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 12.0%
(9.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 15.0% for Black residents, 26.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 4.3% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 22.2% for other race residents, 7.0% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.5 people
California:  2.9 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  66.5%
Whole state:  68.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  6.9%
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

People in group quarters in Ridgecrest in 2010:

  • 100 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
  • 87 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 5 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 Ridgecrest in 2000:

  • 187 people in military barracks, etc.
  • 87 people in nursing homes
  • 33 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 2 people in state prisons

Ridgecrest, California environmental map by EPA

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Ridgecrest compared to California state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.

Banks with branches in Ridgecrest (2011 data):

  • Bank of America, National Association: Ridgecrest Branch at 101 West Ridgecrest Boulevard, branch established on 1955/06/29. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • Union Bank, National Association: Ridgecrest Branch at 144 North China Lake Boulevard, branch established on 1972/12/15. Info updated 2011/09/01: Bank assets: $88,967.5 mil, Deposits: $65,286.4 mil, headquarters in San Francisco, CA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 403 total offices, Holding Company: Mitsubishi Ufj Financial Group, Inc.
  • Mojave Desert Bank, National Association: Ridgecrest Branch at 1450 North Norma, branch established on 1984/03/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $105.1 mil, Deposits: $96.0 mil, headquarters in Mojave, CA, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 5 total offices

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Ridgecrest, California:

  • Heritage Suites, 919 N Heritage Dr, Ridgecrest, CA 93555 , Phone: (760) 446-7951
  • Heritage Inn, 1050 N Norma, Ridgecrest, CA 93555 , Phone: (760) 446-6543
  • Carriage Inn, 901 N China Lake Blvd, Ridgecrest, CA 93555 , Phone: (760) 446-7910, Fax: (760) 446-6408
  • Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, 201 W Inyokern Rd, Ridgecrest, CA 93555 , Phone: (760) 446-2551, Fax: (760) 446-5740
  • Eldorado Motel, 410 S China LK Blvd, Ridgecrest, CA 93555 , Phone: (760) 371-2300
  • Motel 6, 535 S China LK Blvd, Ridgecrest, CA 93555 , Phone: (760) 375-6866, Fax: (760) 375-8784
  • Best Western China Lake Inn, 400 S China LK Blvd, Ridgecrest, CA 93555 , Phone: (760) 371-2300, Fax: (760) 375-8587
  • Rodeway Inn, 131 W Upjohn Ave, Ridgecrest, CA 93555 , Phone: (760) 384-3575, Fax: (760) 384-3585
  • 5 other hotels and motels
All 13 fire-safe hotels and motels in Ridgecrest, California

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Ridgecrest travel time to work - commute Ridgecrest mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (83%)
  • Electricity (14%)
  • Wood (2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

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Neighborhoods in Ridgecrest:

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Religion statistics for Ridgecrest city (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%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 9$53,601$71,4680$0
Other Government Administration 5$42,471$101,93011$7,028
Police Protection - Officers 31$216,022$83,6211$1,386
Police - Other 15$53,809$43,0470$0
Streets and Highways 8$55,133$82,7000$0
Solid Waste Management 1$2,996$35,9520$0
Sewerage 4$23,561$70,6830$0
Parks and Recreation 14$47,171$40,43212$8,140
Housing and Community Development(Local) 3$22,640$90,5600$0
Transit 4$16,877$50,6313$3,031
Other and Unallocable 4$11,967$35,9010$0
Totals for Government 98$546,248$66,88827$19,585

Ridgecrest government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Construction - Central Staff Services: $1,845,000 ($64.51)
    Housing & Community Development: $568,000 ($19.86)
    Police Protection: $189,000 ($6.61)
    Parks & Recreation: $181,000 ($6.33)
    Sewerage: $126,000 ($4.41)
    Transit Utilities: $120,000 ($4.20)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $3,682,000 ($128.74)
    Parks & Recreation: $1,339,000 ($46.82)
    Financial Administration: $1,193,000 ($41.71)
    Central Staff Services: $1,169,000 ($40.87)
    Housing & Community Development: $1,011,000 ($35.35)
    Regular Highways: $756,000 ($26.43)
    Transit Utilities: $698,000 ($24.41)
    Sewerage: $534,000 ($18.67)
    Health Services - Other: $465,000 ($16.26)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $200,000 ($6.99)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $103,000 ($3.60)
    Parking Facilities: $82,000 ($2.87)
    Solid Waste Management: $8,000 ($0.28)
    General - Other: $2,000 ($0.07)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $729,000 ($25.49)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Housing & Community Development: $35,000 ($1.22)
    Regular Highways: $26,000 ($0.91)
    Parking Facilities: $18,000 ($0.63)
    Protective Inspection & Regulation, NEC: $16,000 ($0.56)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $3,150,000 ($110.14)

Ridgecrest government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,826,000 ($63.85)
    All Other: $291,000 ($10.17)
    Parks & Recreation: $273,000 ($9.55)
    Housing & Community Development: $4,000 ($0.14)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Transit Utilities: $203,000 ($7.10)
    All Other: $7,000 ($0.24)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Transit Utilities: $65,000 ($2.27)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $594,000 ($20.77)
    Interest Earnings: $570,000 ($19.93)
    Rents: $74,000 ($2.59)
    Property Sale Other: $11,000 ($0.38)
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $43,000 ($1.50)
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $1,510,000 ($52.80)
    General Support: $1,439,000 ($50.31)
    Highways: $613,000 ($21.43)
    Transit Utilities: $75,000 ($2.62)
    Health & Hospitals: $8,000 ($0.28)
  • Tax - Total General Sales: $3,382,000 ($118.25)
    Property: $2,773,000 ($96.96)
    Other Selective Sales: $668,000 ($23.36)
    Public Utilities: $590,000 ($20.63)
    NEC: $331,000 ($11.57)

Ridgecrest government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $21,790,000 ($761.89)
  • Long Term Debt Issue, Unspecified - Other NEC: $4,475,000 ($156.47)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $11,535,000 ($403.32)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $9,890,000 ($345.80)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $4,840,000 ($169.23)

Ridgecrest government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $2,411,000 ($84.30)
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $12,955,000 ($452.97)
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $2,929,000 ($102.41)

4.13% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($37,402 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.13%
California average:

5.03%

0.07% of residents moved from foreign countries ($715 average AGI)
Kern County:

0.07%
California average:

0.07%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.95% ($35,127 average AGI)
from Tulare County, CA  0.21% ($34,469)
from San Diego County, CA  0.16% ($30,651)


4.19% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($53,496 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.19%
California average:

5.12%

0.08% of residents moved to foreign countries ($649 average AGI)
Kern County:

0.08%
California average:

0.10%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Los Angeles County, CA  0.83% ($36,085 average AGI)
to Tulare County, CA  0.17% ($31,995)
to San Diego County, CA  0.17% ($39,032)

Strongest AM radio stations in Ridgecrest:

  • KLOA (1240 AM; 1 kW; RIDGECREST, CA; Owner: ADELMAN COMMUNICATIONS INC)
  • KWDJ (1360 AM; 1 kW; RIDGECREST, CA)
  • 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.)
  • KMJ (580 AM; 50 kW; FRESNO, CA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • 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)
  • KERI (1180 AM; 50 kW; WASCO-GREENACRES, CA; Owner: KWSO, INC.)
  • KWRU (940 AM; 50 kW; FRESNO, CA)
  • KPLS (830 AM; 50 kW; ORANGE, CA; Owner: CRN LICENSES, LLC)
  • 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.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Ridgecrest:

  • KZIQ-FM (92.7 FM; RIDGECREST, CA; Owner: JAMES KNUDSEN & DONNA KNUDSEN)
  • K218DU (90.9 FM; RIDGECREST, CA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KLOA-FM (104.9 FM; RIDGECREST, CA; Owner: ADELMAN COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KRAJ (100.9 FM; JOHANNESBURG, CA; Owner: ADELMAN BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KGBM (89.7 FM; RANDSBURG, CA; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • K266AH (101.1 FM; BENA, CA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KTQX (90.1 FM; BAKERSFIELD, CA; Owner: RADIO BILINGUE, INC.)
  • KSSI (102.7 FM; CHINA LAKE, CA; Owner: SOUND ENTERPRISES)
  • KMYX-FM (92.5 FM; ARVIN, CA; Owner: FARMWORKER EDUC. RADIO NETWORK, INC.)
  • K206CO (89.1 FM; RIDGECREST, CA; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KRXV (98.1 FM; YERMO, CA; Owner: KHWY, INC.)
  • KJAT (105.3 FM; YERMO, CA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KKZQ (100.1 FM; TEHACHAPI, CA; Owner: HIGH DESERT BROADCASTING LLC)
  • KVLI-FM (104.5 FM; LAKE ISABELLA, CA; Owner: ROBERT J. AND KATHERINE M. BOHN)
  • KCNQ (102.5 FM; KERNVILLE, CA; Owner: ROBERT J. & KATHERINE M. BOHN)
  • KCEL (106.9 FM; CALIFORNIA CITY, CA; Owner: KCEL RADIO, LLC)

TV broadcast stations around Ridgecrest:

  • KTRO-LP (Channel 50; LANCASTER, CA; Owner: ROBERT D. ADELMAN)
  • K43AG (Channel 43; RIDGECREST, CA; Owner: KERN EDUCATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS)
  • K02HY (Channel 2; RIDGECREST, ETC., CA; Owner: INDIAN WELLS VALLEY TV BOOSTER, INC.)
  • K05FO (Channel 5; RIDGECREST, ETC., CA; Owner: INDIAN WELLS VALLEY TV BOOSTER, INC.)
  • K07NH (Channel 7; RIDGECREST, ETC., CA; Owner: INDIAN WELLS VALLEY TV BOOSTER, INC.)
  • K09MG (Channel 9; RIDGECREST, ETC., CA; Owner: INDIAN WELLS VALLEY TV BOOSTER, INC.)
  • K11ML (Channel 11; RIDGECREST, ETC., CA; Owner: INDIAN WELLS VALLEY TV BOOSTER, INC.)
  • K04HX (Channel 4; RIDGECREST, ETC., CA; Owner: INDIAN WELLS VALLEY TV BOOSTER, INC.)
  • K13NF (Channel 13; RIDGECREST, ETC., CA; Owner: INDIAN WELLS VALLEY TV BOOSTER, INC.)
  • K14AT (Channel 14; CHINA LAKE, ETC., CA; Owner: INDIAN WELLS VALLEY TV BOOSTER, INC.)
  • K19CL (Channel 19; INYOKERN, CA; Owner: VICTOR A. GARCIA)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

See more detailed statistics of Ridgecrest fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 8 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Ridgecrest)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 48 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Ridgecrest, CA)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 22 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 36 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 542 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Ridgecrest)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 2 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Ridgecrest)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 92 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 4 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED184$170,51475$156,919271$158,06614$88,8540$026$104,68811$100,508
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED5$183,23611$130,70542$159,2183$155,2370$02$56,1151$173,790
APPLICATIONS DENIED12$143,79920$102,504119$163,0849$126,2261$190,62021$106,0577$91,844
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN17$178,92716$135,58277$167,4692$154,6751$79,5409$119,2692$51,325
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS4$121,9731$540,21014$169,8641$28,5200$02$177,0951$28,520

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0054.01 , 0054.02, 0054.03, 0054.04

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 4 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED16$180,0515$196,738
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED2$238,7354$174,315
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$211,7501$108,700
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN1$150,0800$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$196,6200$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0054.01 , 0054.02, 0054.03, 0054.04

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 107
  • Hazardous Condition: 79
  • Service Call: 1
  • Good Intent Call: 4

Incident types - Ridgecrest

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Ridgecrest, CA
Most common first names in Ridgecrest, CA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Robert12770.6 years
William12374.3 years
Mary10877.7 years
John10873.4 years
James9970.5 years
Charles8474.2 years
Ruth5680.7 years
George5276.2 years
Margaret5078.0 years
Richard4870.9 years
Most common last names in Ridgecrest, CA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith8773.6 years
Johnson4477.5 years
Brown3874.6 years
Davis3380.7 years
Clark3177.1 years
Miller3074.9 years
Martin2571.7 years
Baker2469.9 years
Allen2174.8 years
Williams2067.6 years
Businesses in Ridgecrest, CA
NameCountNameCount
AT&T2Kmart1
Albertsons2La-Z-Boy1
Arby's1Lane Furniture1
Ashley Furniture1Marriott1
AutoZone1MasterBrand Cabinets3
Baskin-Robbins1McDonald's1
Best Western1Motel 61
Burger King1Penske1
Carl\s Jr.1Pizza Hut1
Comfort Inn1Rite Aid1
Curves1Rodeway Inn1
Dennys1SAS Shoes1
Econo Lodge1Sears1
FedEx1Staples1
Ford1Starbucks2
GNC1T-Mobile1
Goodwill2Taco Bell1
H&R Block1Toyota1
Hilton1True Value1
Home Depot1U-Haul2
Jack In The Box1UPS6
Jones New York1Walgreens1
KFC1Walmart1

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  • #63 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Business operations specialists (population 5,000+)"
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  • #73 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest average sunshine amount (population 5,000+)"
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  • #95 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander residents"
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  • #99 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest number of days clear of clouds (population 5,000+)"
  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) 24-hour air pollution readings in 2005 (µg/m3)"
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  • #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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