Kern County, California (CA)

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County population in 2012: 856,158 (90% urban, 10% rural); it was 661,645 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 117,313
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 35,515
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 129,661
Renter-occupied apartments: 101,782 (it was 78,991 in 2000)
% of renters here:

38%
State:

44%

Land area: 8141 sq. mi.

Water area: 20.5 sq. mi.

Population density: 105 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Kern County: 88.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (18.9%), Retail trade (17.1%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (11.4%), Transportation and warehousing,and utilities (10.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 54%
  • Government: 9%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 37%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Kern County, California:

  • Hispanic or Latino (49.2%)
  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (38.6%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (5.4%)
  • Asian alone (3.9%)
  • Two or more races (1.9%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.7%)
Median resident age:  30.0 years
California median age:  35.0 years
Males: 433,108  (40.4%)
Females: 406,523  (59.6%)
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Kern County,CA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Kern County:

3.0 people
California:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $46,879 ($35,446 in 1999)

This county:

$46879
California:

$60190

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $744 (lower quartile is $584, upper quartile is $1,012)
This county:

$744
State:

$1120


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $161,000 (it was $89,400 in 2000)
Kern:

$161,000
California:

$373,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $96,600 - $242,300

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $194,857
Here:

$194,857
State:

$516,149

Townhouses or other attached units: $151,551
Here:

$151,551
State:

$433,209

In 2-unit structures: $117,272
Here:

$117,272
State:

$591,113

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $172,082
Here:

$172,082
State:

$414,303

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $256,569
Here:

$256,569
State:

$419,085

Mobile homes: $62,957
Here:

$62,957
State:

$79,966

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $63,839
Here:

$63,839
State:

$74,300
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,386
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $389

Institutionalized population: 32,732

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 3318 buildings, average cost: $139,500
  • 2008: 1610 buildings, average cost: $171,100
  • 2009: 1585 buildings, average cost: $181,800

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,950 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,290 (1.0%)

Kern County household income distribution in 2009 Kern County home values distribution Kern County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 22.8%
(14.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 35.4% for Black residents, 28.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 31.9% for American Indian residents, 35.8% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 21.0% for other race residents, 20.8% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 22.8%
Kern County:

22.8%
California:

16.8%
(14.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 35.4% for Black residents, 28.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 30.7% for American Indian residents, 37.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 21.0% for other race residents, 20.8% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 31 years old
(Males: 30 years old, Females: 31 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 28 years old, American Indian residents: 31 years old, Asian residents: 37 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 26 years old)

Area name: Bakersfield, CA MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Kern County is $524 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $624 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $902 a month.

Cities in this county include: Bakersfield, East Kern, Delano, Oildale, Westside, Ridgecrest, Wasco, Greenfield-Panama, Rosamond, Lamont.

Kern County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Zip codeCityNumber of testsNumber of tests >= 4 pCi/L
93203Arvin60
93205Bodfish30
93206Buttonwillow10
93215Delano30
93220Edison31
93222Frazier Park61
93225Frazier Park73
93238Kernville55
93240Lake Isabella70
93241Lamont30
93243Lebec10
93250McFarland2912
93251McKittrick10
93252Maricopa20
93255Onyx21
93263Shafter362
93268Taft91
93280Wasco270
93283Weldon20
93285Wofford Heights30
93301Bakersfield80
93302Bakersfield10
93303Bakersfield10
93304Bakersfield170
93305Bakersfield71
93306Bakersfield518
93307Bakersfield687
93308Bakersfield382
93309Bakersfield461
93311Bakersfield180
93312Bakersfield445
93313Bakersfield121
93314Bakersfield32
93384Bakersfield10
93389Bakersfield20
93501Mojave50
93505California City71
93516Boron20
93518-Caliente80
93523Edwards10
93524Edwards20
93554Randsburg20
93555Ridgecrest413
93556Ridgecrest10
93560Rosamond121
93561Tehachapi235
93581Tehachapi20
93582Tehachapi20

2005 air pollution in Kern County:

Carbon Monoxide: 2 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.021 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Above U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.131 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Significanly above U.S. average.
Ozone (8-hour): 0.108 ppm (standard limit: 0.08 ppm). Significanly above U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 43 µg/m3. Significanly above U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) 24-hour: 102 µg/m3(standard limit: 150 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 19.8 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Significanly above U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) 24-hour: 75 µg/m3(standard limit: 35 µg/m3). Significanly above U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Kern County: Kern County Police Radio Relay Station (A), Old Hart Station (B), Myer Ranch (C), Jim Hill Gun Club (D), Hoover Ranch (E), Gutzier Ranch (F), Gilbreath Gun Club (G), Beverly Gun Club (H), Lazells Ranch (I), Knox Ranch (J), Shead Ranch (K), Tungsten Chief Mill (L), Williams Ranch (M), Arkelo Ranch (N), A M Cooper Ranch (O), Oak Flat Lookout (P), Hodgeman Ranch (Q), Old Likely Mill (R), Hog Camp (S), Onyx Ranch (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Sagebrush Shopping Center (1), Hillcrest Shopping Center (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Kern County include: Church of the Redeemer and Hope (A), Community Bible Fellowship Church (B), Iglesia Evangelica Encuento (C), Bakersfield Christian Life Center (D), Pentecostal Holiness Church (E), West Coast Baptist Church (F), East Hills Nazarene Church (G), Faith Temple Pentecostal Church of God (H), First Southern Hispanic Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Mount Owens Cemetery (1), Blue Mountain Cemetery (2), Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery (3), Oak Grove Cemetery (4), Bakersfield National Cemetery (5), Shafter Cemetery (6), Westside District Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Lake Webb (A), Lake Evans (B), Buckhorn Lake (C), Rogers Lake (D), Castac Lake (E), Still Lake (F), Connecting Slough (G), Lake Marion (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Goose Lake Slough (A), Franciscan Creek (B), Fay Creek (C), Falls Creek (D), El Paso Creek (E), Dyer Creek (F), Dry Meadow Creek (G), Deep Creek (H), Cummings Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Kern County include: Rose Stage Station Historical Marker (1), Live Oak Picnic Area (2), Kern River County Park (3), Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area (4), Red Rock Canyon State Park (5), Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park (6), Greenhorn Mountain County Park (7), Branch Memorial Park (8), Buena Vista Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Inyo County , Kings County , Los Angeles County , San Bernardino County , San Luis Obispo County , Santa Barbara County , Tulare County , Ventura County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

10.2%
California:

7.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 34,561
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 68.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 13.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 111,944 (30% naturalized citizens)

Kern County:

16.9%
Whole state:

26.2%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 20,511
  • 1990 to 1994: 21,241
  • 1985 to 1989: 20,867
  • 1980 to 1984: 15,648
  • 1975 to 1979: 12,599
  • 1970 to 1974: 8,809
  • 1970 to 1974: 3,674
  • 1965 to 1969: 8,595

Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 93.6%

Kern County marital status for males Kern County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Kern County with a mortgage: 84,946 (13,229 second mortgage, 5,454 home equity loan, 327 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 24,541

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

79.0% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Kern County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic245,83630
Evangelical Protestant114,724436
Other30,68783
Mainline Protestant7,45938
Black Protestant4,02625
Orthodox4503
None436,449-
Kern County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 190
Kern County:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
Here:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.
California:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 63
This 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.
California:

1.49 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 362
This 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:
Kern County:

29.4%
State:

21.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.9%
State:

17.9%

Agriculture in Kern County:

Average size of farms: 1272 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $958,875
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $2232.84
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 5.86%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 13.37%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $750,347
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 29.24%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 98.83%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $195,721
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 68.00%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 9.52
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 28.73%
Corn for grain: 1696 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 38876 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 97344 harvested acres
Vegetables: 71,672 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 349,041 acres

Tornado activity:

Kern County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below California state average. It is 808282571.4 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Kern County-area historical earthquake activity is near California state average. It is 739% 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 27.2 miles away from Kern County 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 144.5 miles away from the county 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 11/4/1927 at 13:51:53, a magnitude 7.5 (7.5 UK) earthquake occurred 135.4 miles away from the county center
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 138.5 miles away from the county center
On 4/18/1906 at 13:12:21, a magnitude 7.9 (7.9 UK) earthquake occurred 303.9 miles away from Kern County center, causing $524,000,000 total damage
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, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 79.1 miles away from the county center, causing 60 deaths (60 shaking deaths) and 7000 injuries
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent 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).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (74%)
  • Philippines (7%)
  • El Salvador (3%)
  • India (3%)
  • Canada (2%)
  • Guatemala (1%)
  • Korea (1%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Kern County (%):

  • German (8%)
  • United States or American (7%)
  • English (6%)
  • Irish (6%)
  • Italian (2%)
  • French (except Basque) (1%)
  • Scottish (1%)

Kern County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 169,578 (74%)
  • Carpooled: 42,220 (18%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2,758 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 84 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 31 (0%)
  • Railroad: 88 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 14 (0%)
  • Taxi: 161 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 641 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 1,235 (1%)
  • Walked: 4,398 (2%)
  • Other means: 2,341 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 6,184 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Kern County, California in 2000:

  • 17,367 people in state prisons
  • 6,018 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 1,782 people in nursing homes
  • 1,164 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 733 people in military barracks, etc.
  • 531 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 373 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 240 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 239 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 226 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 196 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 142 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 142 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 135 people in halfway houses
  • 125 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 108 people in other group homes
  • 101 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 87 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 79 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 74 people in job corps and vocational training facilities
  • 63 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 61 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 53 people in federal prisons and detention centers
  • 31 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 14 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 14 people in religious group quarters
  • 9 people in military transient quarters for temporary residents
  • 4 people in other workers' dormitories

People in group quarters in Kern County, California in 2010:

  • 23,288 people in state prisons
  • 4,965 people in federal prisons
  • 2,147 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 1,173 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 1,089 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 684 people in college/university student housing
  • 608 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 523 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 522 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 441 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 352 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 329 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
  • 238 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 177 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 128 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 42 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 33 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 18 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $50,639.

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%

2.59% relocated from other counties in California ($22,616 average AGI)
1.46% relocated from other states ($14,071 average AGI)
Kern County:

1.46%
California average:

1.68%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


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)
from Ventura County, CA  0.14% ($39,766)
from San Bernardino County, CA  0.14% ($32,128)
from Orange County, CA  0.12% ($40,033)
from Riverside County, CA  0.11% ($31,355)


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%

2.44% relocated to other counties in California ($23,256 average AGI)
1.67% relocated to other states ($29,591 average AGI)
Kern County:

1.67%
California average:

1.74%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


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)
to Ventura County, CA  0.14% ($46,168)
to San Bernardino County, CA  0.13% ($29,742)
to Orange County, CA  0.13% ($55,489)
to Fresno County, CA  0.11% ($35,462)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 20.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 18.2
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 17.6

Births per 1000 population in Kern County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 6.4

Deaths per 1000 population in Kern County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2012: 6.5

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Kern County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 78,689 (63,074 aged, 15,615 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 23%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 19%

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 77.0. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 48.5
  • Cut/Pierce - 12.9
  • Other - 15.7

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 100.3. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 52.7
  • Suffocation - 21.1
  • Poisoning - 19.1
  • Other - 7.4

Household type by relationship:

Households: 802,874

Size of family households: 57,863 2-persons, 39,613 3-persons, 39,701 4-persons, 26,948 5-persons, 14,209 6-persons, 13,405 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 49,209 1-person, 10,632 2-persons, 1,789 3-persons, 701 4-persons, 284 5-persons, 153 6-persons, 103 7-or-more-persons.

131,140 married couples with children.
53,953 single-parent households (13,329 men, 40,624 women).

66.6% of residents of Kern County speak English at home.
29.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (49% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 15% don't speak English at all).
1.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (65% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
2.6% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (52% speak English very well, 29% speak English well, 17% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak other language at home (62% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 7% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $4,154,367,000 ($5653 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $907,691,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $1,330,019,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $748,506,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $57,750,000
Federal grants: $783,173,000
Federal procurement contracts: $512,041,000 ($288,069,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $722,878,000 ($549,599,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $267,226,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $597,999,000
Federal Government insurance: $856,711,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 64,895
Here:

86 per 1000 residents
State:

77 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 26,897
Here:

36 per 1000 residents
State:

34 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +16,713
Here:

+22 per 1000 residents
State:

+39 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +41,461
Here +55 per 1000 residents
State -18 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Kern County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 181.23 millions of gallons per day (84% from ground, 16% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.6
State:

5.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.0
State:

3.5

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 4,186
  • 2000 to 2004: 60,946
  • 1990 to 1999: 41,957
  • 1980 to 1989: 44,582
  • 1970 to 1979: 45,905
  • 1960 to 1969: 28,742
  • 1950 to 1959: 32,885
  • 1940 to 1949: 14,194
  • 1939 or earlier: 14,986
Rooms in houses/apartments in Kern County, California
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 453
  • 2 rooms: 3,133
  • 3 rooms: 10,995
  • 4 rooms: 12,356
  • 5 rooms: 34,543
  • 6 rooms: 34,278
  • 7 rooms: 18,665
  • 8 rooms: 9,765
  • 9+ rooms: 5,473
  • 1 room: 4,311
  • 2 rooms: 10,801
  • 3 rooms: 14,302
  • 4 rooms: 21,139
  • 5 rooms: 16,256
  • 6 rooms: 8,233
  • 7 rooms: 2,606
  • 8 rooms: 908
  • 9+ rooms: 435
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Kern County, California
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 3,108
  • 1 bedroom: 8,139
  • 2 bedrooms: 25,680
  • 3 bedrooms: 68,526
  • 4 bedrooms: 21,817
  • 5+ bedrooms: 2,391
  • no bedroom: 7,061
  • 1 bedroom: 19,528
  • 2 bedrooms: 30,423
  • 3 bedrooms: 18,949
  • 4 bedrooms: 2,828
  • 5+ bedrooms: 202
Cars and other vehicles available in Kern County, California in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 6,157
  • 1 vehicle: 34,000
  • 2 vehicles: 58,167
  • 3 vehicles: 22,801
  • 4 vehicles: 6,155
  • 5+ vehicles: 2,381
  • no vehicle: 15,575
  • 1 vehicle: 36,717
  • 2 vehicles: 21,258
  • 3 vehicles: 4,253
  • 4 vehicles: 759
  • 5+ vehicles: 429

49% of Kern County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 71% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 73% lived in California.

Kern County:

49.0%
State average:

52.5%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $80,600


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Kern County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (75.1%)
  • Electricity (14.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (7.6%)
  • Wood (2.5%)
  • Utility gas (67.8%)
  • Electricity (25.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4.7%)
  • Wood (0.9%)
  • No fuel used (0.7%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 5,046
Here:

5.1%
California:

9.9%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 3,013
Here:

6.0%
California:

7.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 3,246
Here:

10.8%
California:

15.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Kern County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $174,900,000
    Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $259,000
  • Construction - General - Other: $16,488,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $1,809,000
    Libraries: $1,545,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,345,000
  • Current Operations - Hospitals: $210,631,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $175,882,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $166,487,000
    Health - Other: $121,358,000
    Local Fire Protection: $84,145,000
    Correctional Institutions: $78,057,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $78,040,000
    Police Protection: $69,106,000
    Solid Waste Management: $40,268,000
    Regular Highways: $39,954,000
    General - Other: $37,343,000
    Corrections - Other: $21,778,000
    Central Staff Services: $18,422,000
    General Public Buildings: $16,422,000
    Parks and Recreation: $15,620,000
    Financial Administration: $14,142,000
    Housing and Community Development: $10,640,000
    Libraries: $7,925,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $5,929,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $5,034,000
    Transit Utilities: $4,878,000
    Air Transportation: $3,808,000
    Sewerage: $3,021,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $0
  • Employee Retirement - Corporate Bonds: $590,385,000
    Corporate Stocks: $308,628,000
    Other Investments - Other: $153,424,000
    Benefit Payments: $121,827,000
    Total Cash and Deposits: $113,815,000
    Withdrawals: $1,939,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $27,683,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Elementary and Secondary Education: $32,815,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - General - Other: $3,447,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Air Transportation: $17,703,000
    General - Other: $15,409,000
    Solid Waste Management: $12,400,000
    Local Fire Protection: $4,632,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $4,264,000
    Hospitals: $3,697,000
    Health - Other: $1,670,000
    Police Protection: $1,164,000
    Parks and Recreation: $980,000
    Regular Highways: $959,000
    Corrections - Other: $646,000
    Libraries: $385,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $296,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $259,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $148,000
    Central Staff Services: $58,000
    Financial Administration: $46,000
    General Public Building: $16,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $685,531,000
  • Transit Utilities - Interest on Debt: $10,000

Kern County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Hospital Public: $140,380,000
    All Other: $60,694,000
    Solid Waste Management: $42,137,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $13,797,000
    Parks and Recreation: $6,780,000
    Regular Highways: $5,573,000
    Air Transportation: $3,441,000
    Sewerage: $1,046,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $36,000
  • Employee Retirement - Earnings on Investments (calculated): $267,263,000
    From Parent Local Government: $94,500,000
    Local Employee Contribution: $11,775,000
    From Other Governments: $6,234,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $76,378,000
    All Other: $17,238,000
    Air Transportation: $9,785,000
    Housing and Community Development: $9,444,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,391,000
    Transit Utilities: $1,017,000
    Education: $26,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $32,634,000
    Transit Utilities: $3,602,000
    Housing and Community Development: $2,385,000
    All Other: $554,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $26,776,000
    Interest Earnings: $17,790,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $15,442,000
    Special Assessments: $4,800,000
    Rents: $982,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $438,000
    Sale of Property: $95,000
    Royalties: $85,000
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $691,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $452,171,000
    Education: $161,108,000
    All Other: $114,875,000
    Health and Hospitals: $70,263,000
    General Local Government Support: $32,346,000
    Highways: $23,405,000
    Transit Utilities: $319,000
  • Tax - Property: $197,656,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $25,699,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $7,489,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $7,402,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $6,055,000
    Other Selective Sales: $1,414,000
    NEC: $1,297,000
    Other License: $1,161,000

Kern County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $694,071,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $668,370,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $25,701,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $0

Kern County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,179,000
  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $1,265,496,000
    Total Federal Securities: $119,669,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $340,375,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $28,292,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Kern County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Kern County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 138 full 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 ORIGINATED6,201$158,1362,691$151,6585,535$186,731298$84,96614$1,799,5001,274$112,348239$138,883
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED446$158,323303$153,228711$189,31171$66,3241$228,000164$138,94556$92,768
APPLICATIONS DENIED808$153,380720$141,4973,998$183,235369$65,7679$379,111652$119,129203$103,399
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN1,033$153,895523$142,7061,907$190,010137$95,1979$313,111393$109,67765$121,292
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS109$143,028107$161,963540$187,68970$80,7140$069$128,85524$109,500
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 111 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED411$195,09568$209,1769$134,8890$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED145$189,19341$248,61013$195,3080$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED70$185,80019$234,6841$158,0001$207,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN18$159,50011$255,1821$413,0000$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS27$219,7785$310,6000$00$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Kern County, CA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John2,55373.9 years
William2,30574.3 years
James2,19071.1 years
Mary2,04877.7 years
Robert2,00170.3 years
Charles1,43273.0 years
George1,30474.5 years
Dorothy96876.9 years
Frank89874.8 years
Richard85167.6 years
Most common last names in Kern County, CA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith1,33774.3 years
Brown78373.5 years
Williams75674.0 years
Johnson75274.3 years
Jones69273.6 years
Davis58374.4 years
Miller56774.6 years
Wilson45973.7 years
Moore42174.2 years
Anderson38375.4 years
Businesses in Kern County, CA
NameCountNameCount
24 Hour Fitness3Jones New York5
7-Eleven19Journeys1
99 Cents Only Stores5Justice1
AMF Bowling2KFC14
AT&T22Kincaid2
Abercrombie & Fitch1Kmart6
Ace Hardware11Knights Inn1
Aeropostale1Kohl's2
Albertsons12Kroger4
American Eagle Outfitters1La Quinta3
Applebee's1La-Z-Boy5
Arby's4Lane Bryant1
Ashley Furniture1Lane Furniture4
Audi1LensCrafters1
AutoZone18Little Caesars Pizza15
Avenue1Long John Silver's3
BMW1Lowe's3
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill3Macy's1
Bakers1Marriott6
Banana Republic1Marshalls1
Barnes & Noble1MasterBrand Cabinets19
Baskin-Robbins9Mazda1
Bath & Body Works1McDonald's39
Bebe1Men's Wearhouse1
Bed Bath & Beyond1Motel 610
Ben & Jerry's1Motherhood Maternity3
Best Western10New Balance2
Big O Tires5Nike17
Blockbuster9Nissan1
Budget Car Rental1Office Depot2
Burger King21OfficeMax2
CVS9Old Navy1
Cache1Olive Garden1
Carl\s Jr.18Outback1
Casual Male XL1Outback Steakhouse1
Catherines1Pac Sun1
Charlotte Russe1Panda Express8
Chevrolet4Panera Bread1
Chick-Fil-A1Payless11
Chico's1Penske6
Chuck E. Cheese's1PetSmart2
Church's Chicken1Pier 1 Imports2
Cinnabon 1Pizza Hut11
Circle K4Plato's Closet1
Clarion1Popeyes5
Cold Stone Creamery3Quiznos10
Coldwater Creek1RadioShack12
ColorTyme1Ramada3
Comfort Inn1Red Lobster1
Comfort Suites1Red Robin1
Costco2Rite Aid23
Curves8Rodeway Inn4
DHL4Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Dairy Queen1SAS Shoes3
Days Inn3SONIC Drive-In11
Decora Cabinetry2Safeway3
Dennys17Sam's Club1
Discount Tire2Sears13
Domino's Pizza9Sephora1
DressBarn1Skechers USA1
Dressbarn1Sleep Inn1
Econo Lodge3Soma Intimates1
El Pollo Loco5Spencer Gifts1
Express1Sprint Nextel4
Extended Stay America1Staples1
Extended Stay Deluxe1Starbucks34
Famous Footwear1Studio 61
Fashion Bug1Subaru1
FedEx62Subway41
Finish Line1Super 83
Firestone Complete Auto Care2T-Mobile20
Foot Locker1T.J.Maxx1
Ford3Taco Bell26
Forever 211Talbots1
Fredericks Of Hollywood1Target4
GNC23The Room Place1
GameStop5Torrid1
Gap1Toyota3
Goodwill10Toys"R"Us2
Gymboree1Trader Joe's1
H&R Block31Travelodge2
Hilton6True Value9
Holiday Inn6U-Haul25
Hollister Co.1UPS65
Home Depot7Vans9
HomeTown Buffet1Verizon Wireless8
Honda1Victoria's Secret1
Hot Topic1Volkswagen1
Howard Johnson1Vons7
IHOP3Walgreens12
JCPenney2Walmart5
Jack In The Box32Wendy's8
Jamba Juice4YMCA1
Johnny Rockets1

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