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Kern County, California (CA)

County population in 2021: 917,673 (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: 113 people per square mile   (average).

March 2019 cost of living index in Kern County: 88.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (23.0%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (13.9%), Retail trade (10.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 75%
  • Government: 19%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 6%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Kern County, CA (2021)
    • 515,23756.1%Hispanic or Latino
    • 277,24130.2%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 45,1394.9%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 42,7804.7%Asian alone
    • 27,4523.0%Two or more races
    • 4,7320.5%Some other race alone
    • 3,7280.4%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 1,3640.1%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
Median resident age:

32.5 years
California median age:

37.6 years
Males: 471,707  (51.4%)
Females: 445,966  (48.6%)
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Average household size:
Kern County:

3.0 people
California:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2021: $58,217 ($35,446 in 1999)
This county:

$58,217
California:

$84,907

Median contract rent in 2021 for apartments: $887 (lower quartile is $687, upper quartile is $1,250)
This county:

$887
State:

$1619


Estimated median house or condo value in 2021: $282,100 (it was $89,400 in 2000)
Kern:

$282,100
California:

$648,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $205,100 - $389,400

Mean price in 2021:

Detached houses: $352,859
Here:

$352,859
State:

$881,672

Townhouses or other attached units: $279,945
Here:

$279,945
State:

$745,373

In 2-unit structures: $222,510
Here:

$222,510
State:

$1,121,094

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $291,709
Here:

$291,709
State:

$689,397

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $257,894
Here:

$257,894
State:

$701,962

Mobile homes: $97,413
Here:

$97,413
State:

$174,181

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $23,724
Here:

$23,724
State:

$105,963

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,645
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $546

Institutionalized population: 32,732

Crime in 2020 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 59
  • Rapes: 143
  • Robberies: 454
  • Assaults: 2713
  • Burglaries: 2445
  • Thefts: 3599
  • Auto thefts: 2664

Crime in 2019 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 29
  • Rapes: 244
  • Robberies: 433
  • Assaults: 2158
  • Burglaries: 2756
  • Thefts: 4680
  • Auto thefts: 2013
Kern County, CA map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2021: 2152 buildings, average cost: $210,400
  • 2020: 2209 buildings, average cost: $241,000
  • 2019: 2190 buildings, average cost: $240,100
  • 2018: 2073 buildings, average cost: $210,500
  • 2017: 2378 buildings, average cost: $225,000
  • 2016: 2141 buildings, average cost: $222,200
  • 2015: 2098 buildings, average cost: $221,700
  • 2014: 1885 buildings, average cost: $197,200
  • 2013: 1795 buildings, average cost: $195,100
  • 2012: 1428 buildings, average cost: $198,300
  • 2011: 712 buildings, average cost: $186,400
  • 2010: 1211 buildings, average cost: $179,600
  • 2009: 1585 buildings, average cost: $181,800
  • 2008: 1610 buildings, average cost: $171,100
  • 2007: 3318 buildings, average cost: $139,500
  • 2006: 5731 buildings, average cost: $146,000
  • 2005: 7666 buildings, average cost: $144,300
  • 2004: 6174 buildings, average cost: $141,400
  • 2003: 5546 buildings, average cost: $141,300
  • 2002: 4496 buildings, average cost: $131,300
  • 2001: 3408 buildings, average cost: $128,400
  • 2000: 2862 buildings, average cost: $125,000
  • 1999: 2887 buildings, average cost: $111,800
  • 1998: 2841 buildings, average cost: $103,900
  • 1997: 2397 buildings, average cost: $102,100
Number of permits per 10,000 Kern, CA residents
Average permit cost in Kern, CA
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2021: $3,101 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2021: $2,000 (0.8%)

Distribution of median household income in Kern, CA in 2021
Distribution of house value in Kern, CA in 2021
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Kern, CA in 2021
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2021: 18.6%
Kern County:

18.6%
California:

12.3%
(12.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 30.1% for Black residents, 21.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 20.1% for American Indian residents, 33.5% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 23.8% for other race residents, 20.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2021: 32.5 years old
(Males: 32.1 years old, Females: 32.8 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43.1 years old, Black residents: 32.2 years old, American Indian residents: 40.7 years old, Asian residents: 37.6 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27.6 years old, Other race residents: 28.2 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

2019 air pollution in Kern County:

Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 6.1 µg/m3. Below U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 2.0 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Significantly below U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Buncombe County, North Carolina , Crittenden County, Arkansas , Dare County, North Carolina , Edgecombe County, North Carolina , Mississippi County, Arkansas , Rhea County, Tennessee , Wayne County, North Carolina .

Unemployment in March 2023:
Here:

9.6%
California:

4.8%

Unemployment by year in Kern, CA
County total employment by year in Kern, CA
County average yearly wages by year in Kern, CA

Current college students: 34,561
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 77.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 18.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 180,478 (42.8% naturalized citizens)

Kern County:

19.7%
Whole state:

26.6%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 29,3322010 or later
  • 44,1562000 to 2009
  • 40,4201990 to 1999
  • 36,5151980 to 1989
  • 21,4081970 to 1979
  • 12,269Before 1970

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:

  • One, detached: 215,244
  • One, attached: 9,033
  • Two: 7,258
  • 3 or 4: 19,351
  • 5 to 9: 8,584
  • 10 to 19: 5,351
  • 20 to 49: 4,903
  • 50 or more: 9,985
  • Mobile homes: 23,287
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 869

Housing units in Kern County with a mortgage: 113,105 (4,975 second mortgage, 62 home equity loan, 3,579 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,028

Here:

99.1% with mortgage
State:

98.5% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Kern County

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-
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

Earthquake activity:

Kern County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above California state average. It is 7870% 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:

  • California Covid-19 Pandemic, Incident Period: January 20, 2020, FEMA Id: 4482, Natural disaster type: Other
  • California Severe Winter Storms, Flooding, And Mudslides, Incident Period: January 18, 2017 - January 23, 2017, FEMA Id: 4305, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Flood
  • California Comanche Fire Complex, Incident Period: September 11, 2011 to December 31, 1969, Fire Management Assistance Declared: September 11, 2011, FEMA Id: 2971, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • California Keene Fire Complex, Incident Period: September 10, 2011 to December 31, 1969, Fire Management Assistance Declared: September 11, 2011, FEMA Id: 2970, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • California Canyon Fire, Incident Period: September 04, 2011 to December 31, 1969, Fire Management Assistance Declared: September 05, 2011, FEMA Id: 2961, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • California Winter Storms, Flooding, and Debris and Mud Flows, Incident Period: December 17, 2010 to January 04, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1952: January 26, 2011, FEMA Id: 1952, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • California Canyon Fire, Incident Period: September 14, 2010 to September 20, 2010, Fire Management Assistance Declared: September 15, 2010, FEMA Id: 2858, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • California POST Fire, Incident Period: August 24, 2010 to August 29, 2010, Fire Management Assistance Declared: August 24, 2010, FEMA Id: 2852, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • California West Fire, Incident Period: July 27, 2010 to August 02, 2010, Fire Management Assistance Declared: July 28, 2010, FEMA Id: 2850, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • California Bull Fire, Incident Period: July 26, 2010 to July 30, 2010, Fire Management Assistance Declared: July 27, 2010, FEMA Id: 2849, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • 19 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Kern County (29) is a lot greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 12, Floods: 12, Storms: 7, Winter Storms: 5, Mudslides: 4, Landslides: 3, Freezes: 2, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Tornado: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2021 - Kern

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 271,335 (78.7%)
  • Carpooled: 32,494 (9.4%)
  • Bus: 618 (0.2%)
  • Light rail, streetcar or trolley: 39 (0.0%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 5,250 (1.5%)
  • Bicycle: 470 (0.1%)
  • Walked: 3,261 (0.9%)
  • Worked at home: 31,307 (9.1%)
Class of Workers in 2021
Most common industries in 2021 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2021


  • Health care and social assistance (17%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)

Most common industries for females in 2021


  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (7%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)

Most common occupations in 2021 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2021


  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (11%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Material moving occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (8%)
  • Sales and related occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (6%)

Most common occupations for females in 2021


  • Office and administrative support occupations (17%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (68%)
  • Philippines (7%)
  • El Salvador (4%)
  • India (4%)
  • Guatemala (2%)
  • Honduras (1%)
  • Vietnam (1%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Kern County


  • American (4%)
  • English (3%)
  • German (3%)
  • Irish (2%)
  • European (1%)
  • Italian (1%)
  • Scottish (1%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

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

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 intellectually disabled
  • 14 people in religious group quarters
  • 9 people in military transient quarters for temporary residents
  • 4 people in other workers' dormitories
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2020 was $63,696.

4.83% of this county's 2021 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2020 ($47,246 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.83%
California average:

5.19%


0.03% of residents moved from foreign countries ($334 average AGI)
Kern County:

0.03%
California average:

0.03%

3.49% relocated from other counties in California ($33,625 average AGI)
1.30% relocated from other states ($13,287 average AGI)
Kern County:

1.30%
California average:

1.56%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2020 and 2021:
from Los Angeles County, CA  1.52% ($46,157 average AGI)
from San Bernardino County, CA  0.19% ($38,563)
from Tulare County, CA  0.19% ($42,288)
from Ventura County, CA  0.18% ($60,923)
from Orange County, CA  0.17% ($49,536)
from Riverside County, CA  0.15% ($34,487)
from San Diego County, CA  0.14% ($47,159)


4.56% of this county's 2020 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2021 ($61,654 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.56%
California average:

6.14%


0.03% of residents moved to foreign countries ($342 average AGI)
Kern County:

0.03%
California average:

0.02%

2.28% relocated to other counties in California ($24,763 average AGI)
2.26% relocated to other states ($36,549 average AGI)
Kern County:

2.26%
California average:

2.55%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2020 and 2021:
to Los Angeles County, CA  0.67% ($44,086 average AGI)
to Tulare County, CA  0.17% ($46,232)
to San Diego County, CA  0.15% ($59,692)
to San Bernardino County, CA  0.13% ($44,456)
to Fresno County, CA  0.12% ($45,834)
to Riverside County, CA  0.12% ($40,987)
to Clark County, NV  0.12% ($71,829)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 20.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2009: 18.3
Births per 1000 population from 2010 to 2019: 15.8

Births per 1000 population in Kern County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2009: 7.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2010 to 2019: 6.6

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 2009: 6.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2010 to 2018: 5.9

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Kern County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 9.0%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 3.5%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Kern County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Kern County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Kern County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Kern County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Kern County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Kern County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 86,118 (67,101 aged, 19,017 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 22,824 (9%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Kern County, California in 1999 - 2019:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (11,493)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (6,218)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (5,799)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (5,683)
  • Alzheimer disease, unspecified (4,265)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (3,433)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (2,743)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (2,249)
  • Congestive heart failure (2,141)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (1,752)

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: 917,673
  • Male householders: 141,023 (27,922 living alone), Female householders: 141,940 (32,920 living alone)
  • 137,766 spouses (135,699 opposite-sex spouses), 24,005 unmarried partners, (23,595 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 331,291 children (315,530 natural, 4,157 adopted, 11,604 stepchildren), 29,096 grandchildren, 13,539 brothers or sisters, 18,371 parents, 858 foster children, 27,000 other relatives, 22,562 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 30,222

Size of family households: 63,776 2-persons, 46,742 3-persons, 44,758 4-persons, 26,519 5-persons, 15,251 6-persons, 10,296 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 60,842 1-person, 12,315 2-persons, 1,514 3-persons, 665 4-persons, 195 6-persons, 90 7-or-more-persons.

144,725 married couples with children.
80,712 single-parent households (22,813 men, 57,899 women).

54.4% of residents of Kern speak English at home.
40.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (60% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 10% don't speak English at all).
1.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (76% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 7% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
2.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (61% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 19% speak English not well).
0.5% of residents speak other language at home (64% speak English very well, 25% speak English well, 11% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $4,154,367,000 ($5,653 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:

5.8
State:

6.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

3.9

Year house built in Kern County, California
  • Year house built in Kern County, California
  • 9272020 or later
  • 27,1122010 to 2019
  • 50,6462000 to 2009
  • 40,7031990 to 1999
  • 47,9011980 to 1989
  • 52,7021970 to 1979
  • 28,9821960 to 1969
  • 28,9781950 to 1959
  • 13,9971940 to 1949
  • 11,9171939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Kern County, California
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Kern County, California
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Kern County, California
  • 5231 room
  • 1,1192 rooms
  • 4,2013 rooms
  • 23,9224 rooms
  • 41,7715 rooms
  • 43,6286 rooms
  • 23,9457 rooms
  • 15,6248 rooms
  • 13,7819+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Kern County, California
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Kern County, California
  • 4,5601 room
  • 7,1012 rooms
  • 20,7933 rooms
  • 36,4124 rooms
  • 23,5815 rooms
  • 12,9206 rooms
  • 5,5517 rooms
  • 2,1498 rooms
  • 1,3829+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Kern County, California
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Kern County, California
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Kern County, California
  • 968no bedroom
  • 2,7741 bedroom
  • 22,8602 bedrooms
  • 86,5053 bedrooms
  • 48,6954 bedrooms
  • 6,7125+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Kern County, California
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Kern County, California
  • 4,783no bedroom
  • 17,1381 bedroom
  • 44,7642 bedrooms
  • 36,6723 bedrooms
  • 10,5064 bedrooms
  • 5865+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Kern County, California in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Kern County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Kern County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 4,807no vehicle
  • 37,8911 vehicle
  • 68,3982 vehicles
  • 37,1673 vehicles
  • 13,8774 vehicles
  • 6,3745+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Kern County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Kern County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 13,278no vehicle
  • 50,2411 vehicle
  • 37,8872 vehicles
  • 8,7303 vehicles
  • 3,4114 vehicles
  • 9025+ vehicles

88.1% of Kern County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 40% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 76% lived in California.

Kern County:

88.1%
State average:

88.0%

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

  • This state: 628,472
  • Other state: 99,149
  • Northeast: 14,044
  • Midwest: 25,423
  • South: 36,823
  • West: 22,859
Year householders moved into unit in Kern County, CA
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Kern County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 61.9%Utility gas
  • 27.9%Electricity
  • 3.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 3.1%Solar energy
  • 1.5%Wood
  • 0.9%Other fuel
  • 0.9%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 47.0%Electricity
  • 46.6%Utility gas
  • 2.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.3%No fuel used
  • 0.8%Wood
  • 0.5%Other fuel
  • 0.4%Solar energy

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 8,558
Here:

7.4%
California:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 2,632
Here:

4.0%
California:

8.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 5,848
Here:

13.6%
California:

15.6%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Kern County government finances - Expenditure in 2018:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $271,853,000
    Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $219,191,000
  • Charges - Hospital Public: $222,107,000
    Hospital Public: $220,524,000
    Other: $178,959,000
    Other: $168,505,000
    Solid Waste Management: $70,450,000
    Solid Waste Management: $58,622,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $9,109,000
    Sewerage: $7,452,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $7,260,000
    Sewerage: $7,236,000
    Regular Highways: $5,425,000
    Air Transportation: $4,937,000
    Air Transportation: $4,838,000
    Regular Highways: $2,965,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,936,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,816,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,752,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,666,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $503,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $474,000
  • Construction - Elementary and Secondary Education: $21,528,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $3,157,000
    General - Other: $126,000
    General - Other: $118,000
    Health - Other: $60,000
  • Current Operations - Hospitals: $371,340,000
    Hospitals: $357,856,000
    Health - Other: $316,799,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $245,638,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $214,035,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $208,863,000
    Health - Other: $206,212,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $198,289,000
    Local Fire Protection: $122,688,000
    Police Protection: $109,448,000
    Correctional Institutions: $104,865,000
    Correctional Institutions: $99,555,000
    Police Protection: $93,301,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $67,731,000
    Solid Waste Management: $56,640,000
    General - Other: $51,373,000
    General - Other: $40,400,000
    Corrections - Other: $40,062,000
    Solid Waste Management: $38,692,000
    Corrections - Other: $36,830,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $33,170,000
    General Public Buildings: $32,837,000
    General Public Buildings: $31,512,000
    Regular Highways: $30,185,000
    Central Staff Services: $20,406,000
    Regular Highways: $19,917,000
    Central Staff Services: $18,727,000
    Financial Administration: $17,633,000
    Financial Administration: $11,440,000
    Transit Utilities: $8,680,000
    Transit Utilities: $7,737,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $7,494,000
    Parks and Recreation: $6,594,000
    Parks and Recreation: $6,067,000
    Libraries: $5,689,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $5,634,000
    Libraries: $5,102,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $4,834,000
    Sewerage: $4,814,000
    Sewerage: $3,905,000
    Air Transportation: $3,582,000
    Air Transportation: $2,669,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $99,319,000
    Other: $41,951,000
    Highways: $18,404,000
    Highways: $14,305,000
    Air Transportation: $8,896,000
    Housing and Community Development: $7,867,000
    Housing and Community Development: $7,023,000
    General Local Government Support: $3,055,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,905,000
    Air Transportation: $2,227,000
    Transit Utilities: $2,132,000
    Transit Utilities: $1,054,000
    Natural Resources: $85,000
    Natural Resources: $79,000
    Education: $75,000
    Education: $26,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $36,906,000
    Interest on Debt: $12,621,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $94,070,000
    Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $71,151,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Judicial and Legal Services: $15,895,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $15,505,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $82,050,000
    Education: $76,077,000
    Housing and Community Development: $10,067,000
    Housing and Community Development: $8,227,000
    Other: $2,343,000
    Health and Hospitals: $2,091,000
    Other: $1,100,000
    Health and Hospitals: $113,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $368,225,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $365,821,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $342,282,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $315,588,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $113,057,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $62,824,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $38,268,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $12,326,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $55,286,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $37,011,000
    Interest Earnings: $31,246,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $27,382,000
    General Revenue - Other: $15,977,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $13,372,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $11,498,000
    Interest Earnings: $5,319,000
    Special Assessments: $3,717,000
    Special Assessments: $3,521,000
    Rents: $1,068,000
    Rents: $890,000
    Sale of Property: $847,000
    Sale of Property: $339,000
    Royalties: $162,000
    Royalties: $141,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $41,214,000
    General - Other: $34,072,000
    General - Other: $33,833,000
    Hospitals: $6,964,000
    Hospitals: $5,717,000
    Regular Highways: $4,685,000
    Police Protection: $4,423,000
    Solid Waste Management: $4,072,000
    Solid Waste Management: $3,838,000
    Corrections - Other: $3,136,000
    Regular Highways: $3,036,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $3,011,000
    Local Fire Protection: $2,370,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $1,549,000
    Air Transportation: $1,205,000
    Air Transportation: $1,101,000
    Health - Other: $875,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $510,000
    Health - Other: $438,000
    Parks and Recreation: $412,000
    Central Staff Services: $377,000
    Financial Administration: $343,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $313,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $95,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $84,000
    General Public Building: $52,000
    Libraries: $12,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $304,256,000
    Cash and Securities: $299,030,000
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $706,000
    Transit Utilities: $675,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $932,000
    Cash and Securities: $173,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $471,592,000
    Public Welfare: $452,358,000
    Health and Hospitals: $334,347,000
    Health and Hospitals: $277,262,000
    Education: $213,690,000
    Other: $203,491,000
    Other: $203,392,000
    Education: $200,500,000
    Highways: $40,275,000
    Highways: $26,913,000
    Transit Utilities: $10,549,000
    Transit Utilities: $7,069,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,121,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,043,000
  • Tax - Property: $391,709,000
    Property: $367,595,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $42,901,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $40,096,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $15,635,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $13,670,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $10,477,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $10,023,000
    Other License: $6,155,000
    Other License: $5,164,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $4,489,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $4,110,000
    Other: $3,511,000
    Other: $3,394,000
    Other Selective Sales: $2,700,000
    Other Selective Sales: $2,492,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $104,563,000
    : $97,366,000
  • Transit Utilities - Interest on Debt: $12,000
    Interest on Debt: $3,000

Kern County government finances - Revenue in 2018:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $271,853,000
    Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $219,191,000
  • Charges - Hospital Public: $222,107,000
    Hospital Public: $220,524,000
    Other: $178,959,000
    Other: $168,505,000
    Solid Waste Management: $70,450,000
    Solid Waste Management: $58,622,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $9,109,000
    Sewerage: $7,452,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $7,260,000
    Sewerage: $7,236,000
    Regular Highways: $5,425,000
    Air Transportation: $4,937,000
    Air Transportation: $4,838,000
    Regular Highways: $2,965,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,936,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,816,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,752,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,666,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $503,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $474,000
  • Construction - Elementary and Secondary Education: $21,528,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $3,157,000
    General - Other: $126,000
    General - Other: $118,000
    Health - Other: $60,000
  • Current Operations - Hospitals: $371,340,000
    Hospitals: $357,856,000
    Health - Other: $316,799,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $245,638,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $214,035,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $208,863,000
    Health - Other: $206,212,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $198,289,000
    Local Fire Protection: $122,688,000
    Police Protection: $109,448,000
    Correctional Institutions: $104,865,000
    Correctional Institutions: $99,555,000
    Police Protection: $93,301,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $67,731,000
    Solid Waste Management: $56,640,000
    General - Other: $51,373,000
    General - Other: $40,400,000
    Corrections - Other: $40,062,000
    Solid Waste Management: $38,692,000
    Corrections - Other: $36,830,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $33,170,000
    General Public Buildings: $32,837,000
    General Public Buildings: $31,512,000
    Regular Highways: $30,185,000
    Central Staff Services: $20,406,000
    Regular Highways: $19,917,000
    Central Staff Services: $18,727,000
    Financial Administration: $17,633,000
    Financial Administration: $11,440,000
    Transit Utilities: $8,680,000
    Transit Utilities: $7,737,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $7,494,000
    Parks and Recreation: $6,594,000
    Parks and Recreation: $6,067,000
    Libraries: $5,689,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $5,634,000
    Libraries: $5,102,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $4,834,000
    Sewerage: $4,814,000
    Sewerage: $3,905,000
    Air Transportation: $3,582,000
    Air Transportation: $2,669,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $99,319,000
    Other: $41,951,000
    Highways: $18,404,000
    Highways: $14,305,000
    Air Transportation: $8,896,000
    Housing and Community Development: $7,867,000
    Housing and Community Development: $7,023,000
    General Local Government Support: $3,055,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,905,000
    Air Transportation: $2,227,000
    Transit Utilities: $2,132,000
    Transit Utilities: $1,054,000
    Natural Resources: $85,000
    Natural Resources: $79,000
    Education: $75,000
    Education: $26,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $36,906,000
    Interest on Debt: $12,621,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $94,070,000
    Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $71,151,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Judicial and Legal Services: $15,895,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $15,505,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $82,050,000
    Education: $76,077,000
    Housing and Community Development: $10,067,000
    Housing and Community Development: $8,227,000
    Other: $2,343,000
    Health and Hospitals: $2,091,000
    Other: $1,100,000
    Health and Hospitals: $113,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $368,225,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $365,821,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $342,282,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $315,588,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $113,057,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $62,824,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $38,268,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $12,326,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $55,286,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $37,011,000
    Interest Earnings: $31,246,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $27,382,000
    General Revenue - Other: $15,977,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $13,372,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $11,498,000
    Interest Earnings: $5,319,000
    Special Assessments: $3,717,000
    Special Assessments: $3,521,000
    Rents: $1,068,000
    Rents: $890,000
    Sale of Property: $847,000
    Sale of Property: $339,000
    Royalties: $162,000
    Royalties: $141,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $41,214,000
    General - Other: $34,072,000
    General - Other: $33,833,000
    Hospitals: $6,964,000
    Hospitals: $5,717,000
    Regular Highways: $4,685,000
    Police Protection: $4,423,000
    Solid Waste Management: $4,072,000
    Solid Waste Management: $3,838,000
    Corrections - Other: $3,136,000
    Regular Highways: $3,036,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $3,011,000
    Local Fire Protection: $2,370,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $1,549,000
    Air Transportation: $1,205,000
    Air Transportation: $1,101,000
    Health - Other: $875,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $510,000
    Health - Other: $438,000
    Parks and Recreation: $412,000
    Central Staff Services: $377,000
    Financial Administration: $343,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $313,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $95,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $84,000
    General Public Building: $52,000
    Libraries: $12,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $304,256,000
    Cash and Securities: $299,030,000
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $706,000
    Transit Utilities: $675,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $932,000
    Cash and Securities: $173,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $471,592,000
    Public Welfare: $452,358,000
    Health and Hospitals: $334,347,000
    Health and Hospitals: $277,262,000
    Education: $213,690,000
    Other: $203,491,000
    Other: $203,392,000
    Education: $200,500,000
    Highways: $40,275,000
    Highways: $26,913,000
    Transit Utilities: $10,549,000
    Transit Utilities: $7,069,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,121,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,043,000
  • Tax - Property: $391,709,000
    Property: $367,595,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $42,901,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $40,096,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $15,635,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $13,670,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $10,477,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $10,023,000
    Other License: $6,155,000
    Other License: $5,164,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $4,489,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $4,110,000
    Other: $3,511,000
    Other: $3,394,000
    Other Selective Sales: $2,700,000
    Other Selective Sales: $2,492,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $104,563,000
    : $97,366,000
  • Transit Utilities - Interest on Debt: $12,000
    Interest on Debt: $3,000

Kern County government finances - Debt in 2018:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $271,853,000
    Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $219,191,000
  • Charges - Hospital Public: $222,107,000
    Hospital Public: $220,524,000
    Other: $178,959,000
    Other: $168,505,000
    Solid Waste Management: $70,450,000
    Solid Waste Management: $58,622,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $9,109,000
    Sewerage: $7,452,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $7,260,000
    Sewerage: $7,236,000
    Regular Highways: $5,425,000
    Air Transportation: $4,937,000
    Air Transportation: $4,838,000
    Regular Highways: $2,965,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,936,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,816,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,752,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,666,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $503,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $474,000
  • Construction - Elementary and Secondary Education: $21,528,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $3,157,000
    General - Other: $126,000
    General - Other: $118,000
    Health - Other: $60,000
  • Current Operations - Hospitals: $371,340,000
    Hospitals: $357,856,000
    Health - Other: $316,799,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $245,638,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $214,035,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $208,863,000
    Health - Other: $206,212,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $198,289,000
    Local Fire Protection: $122,688,000
    Police Protection: $109,448,000
    Correctional Institutions: $104,865,000
    Correctional Institutions: $99,555,000
    Police Protection: $93,301,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $67,731,000
    Solid Waste Management: $56,640,000
    General - Other: $51,373,000
    General - Other: $40,400,000
    Corrections - Other: $40,062,000
    Solid Waste Management: $38,692,000
    Corrections - Other: $36,830,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $33,170,000
    General Public Buildings: $32,837,000
    General Public Buildings: $31,512,000
    Regular Highways: $30,185,000
    Central Staff Services: $20,406,000
    Regular Highways: $19,917,000
    Central Staff Services: $18,727,000
    Financial Administration: $17,633,000
    Financial Administration: $11,440,000
    Transit Utilities: $8,680,000
    Transit Utilities: $7,737,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $7,494,000
    Parks and Recreation: $6,594,000
    Parks and Recreation: $6,067,000
    Libraries: $5,689,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $5,634,000
    Libraries: $5,102,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $4,834,000
    Sewerage: $4,814,000
    Sewerage: $3,905,000
    Air Transportation: $3,582,000
    Air Transportation: $2,669,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $99,319,000
    Other: $41,951,000
    Highways: $18,404,000
    Highways: $14,305,000
    Air Transportation: $8,896,000
    Housing and Community Development: $7,867,000
    Housing and Community Development: $7,023,000
    General Local Government Support: $3,055,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,905,000
    Air Transportation: $2,227,000
    Transit Utilities: $2,132,000
    Transit Utilities: $1,054,000
    Natural Resources: $85,000
    Natural Resources: $79,000
    Education: $75,000
    Education: $26,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $36,906,000
    Interest on Debt: $12,621,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $94,070,000
    Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $71,151,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Judicial and Legal Services: $15,895,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $15,505,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $82,050,000
    Education: $76,077,000
    Housing and Community Development: $10,067,000
    Housing and Community Development: $8,227,000
    Other: $2,343,000
    Health and Hospitals: $2,091,000
    Other: $1,100,000
    Health and Hospitals: $113,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $368,225,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $365,821,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $342,282,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $315,588,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $113,057,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $62,824,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $38,268,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $12,326,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $55,286,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $37,011,000
    Interest Earnings: $31,246,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $27,382,000
    General Revenue - Other: $15,977,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $13,372,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $11,498,000
    Interest Earnings: $5,319,000
    Special Assessments: $3,717,000
    Special Assessments: $3,521,000
    Rents: $1,068,000
    Rents: $890,000
    Sale of Property: $847,000
    Sale of Property: $339,000
    Royalties: $162,000
    Royalties: $141,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $41,214,000
    General - Other: $34,072,000
    General - Other: $33,833,000
    Hospitals: $6,964,000
    Hospitals: $5,717,000
    Regular Highways: $4,685,000
    Police Protection: $4,423,000
    Solid Waste Management: $4,072,000
    Solid Waste Management: $3,838,000
    Corrections - Other: $3,136,000
    Regular Highways: $3,036,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $3,011,000
    Local Fire Protection: $2,370,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $1,549,000
    Air Transportation: $1,205,000
    Air Transportation: $1,101,000
    Health - Other: $875,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $510,000
    Health - Other: $438,000
    Parks and Recreation: $412,000
    Central Staff Services: $377,000
    Financial Administration: $343,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $313,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $95,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $84,000
    General Public Building: $52,000
    Libraries: $12,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $304,256,000
    Cash and Securities: $299,030,000
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $706,000
    Transit Utilities: $675,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $932,000
    Cash and Securities: $173,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $471,592,000
    Public Welfare: $452,358,000
    Health and Hospitals: $334,347,000
    Health and Hospitals: $277,262,000
    Education: $213,690,000
    Other: $203,491,000
    Other: $203,392,000
    Education: $200,500,000
    Highways: $40,275,000
    Highways: $26,913,000
    Transit Utilities: $10,549,000
    Transit Utilities: $7,069,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,121,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,043,000
  • Tax - Property: $391,709,000
    Property: $367,595,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $42,901,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $40,096,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $15,635,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $13,670,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $10,477,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $10,023,000
    Other License: $6,155,000
    Other License: $5,164,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $4,489,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $4,110,000
    Other: $3,511,000
    Other: $3,394,000
    Other Selective Sales: $2,700,000
    Other Selective Sales: $2,492,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $104,563,000
    : $97,366,000
  • Transit Utilities - Interest on Debt: $12,000
    Interest on Debt: $3,000

Kern County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $271,853,000
    Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $219,191,000
  • Charges - Hospital Public: $222,107,000
    Hospital Public: $220,524,000
    Other: $178,959,000
    Other: $168,505,000
    Solid Waste Management: $70,450,000
    Solid Waste Management: $58,622,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $9,109,000
    Sewerage: $7,452,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $7,260,000
    Sewerage: $7,236,000
    Regular Highways: $5,425,000
    Air Transportation: $4,937,000
    Air Transportation: $4,838,000
    Regular Highways: $2,965,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,936,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,816,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,752,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,666,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $503,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $474,000
  • Construction - Elementary and Secondary Education: $21,528,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $3,157,000
    General - Other: $126,000
    General - Other: $118,000
    Health - Other: $60,000
  • Current Operations - Hospitals: $371,340,000
    Hospitals: $357,856,000
    Health - Other: $316,799,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $245,638,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $214,035,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $208,863,000
    Health - Other: $206,212,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $198,289,000
    Local Fire Protection: $122,688,000
    Police Protection: $109,448,000
    Correctional Institutions: $104,865,000
    Correctional Institutions: $99,555,000
    Police Protection: $93,301,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $67,731,000
    Solid Waste Management: $56,640,000
    General - Other: $51,373,000
    General - Other: $40,400,000
    Corrections - Other: $40,062,000
    Solid Waste Management: $38,692,000
    Corrections - Other: $36,830,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $33,170,000
    General Public Buildings: $32,837,000
    General Public Buildings: $31,512,000
    Regular Highways: $30,185,000
    Central Staff Services: $20,406,000
    Regular Highways: $19,917,000
    Central Staff Services: $18,727,000
    Financial Administration: $17,633,000
    Financial Administration: $11,440,000
    Transit Utilities: $8,680,000
    Transit Utilities: $7,737,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $7,494,000
    Parks and Recreation: $6,594,000
    Parks and Recreation: $6,067,000
    Libraries: $5,689,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $5,634,000
    Libraries: $5,102,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $4,834,000
    Sewerage: $4,814,000
    Sewerage: $3,905,000
    Air Transportation: $3,582,000
    Air Transportation: $2,669,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $99,319,000
    Other: $41,951,000
    Highways: $18,404,000
    Highways: $14,305,000
    Air Transportation: $8,896,000
    Housing and Community Development: $7,867,000
    Housing and Community Development: $7,023,000
    General Local Government Support: $3,055,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,905,000
    Air Transportation: $2,227,000
    Transit Utilities: $2,132,000
    Transit Utilities: $1,054,000
    Natural Resources: $85,000
    Natural Resources: $79,000
    Education: $75,000
    Education: $26,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $36,906,000
    Interest on Debt: $12,621,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $94,070,000
    Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $71,151,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Judicial and Legal Services: $15,895,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $15,505,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $82,050,000
    Education: $76,077,000
    Housing and Community Development: $10,067,000
    Housing and Community Development: $8,227,000
    Other: $2,343,000
    Health and Hospitals: $2,091,000
    Other: $1,100,000
    Health and Hospitals: $113,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $368,225,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $365,821,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $342,282,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $315,588,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $113,057,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $62,824,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $38,268,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $12,326,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $55,286,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $37,011,000
    Interest Earnings: $31,246,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $27,382,000
    General Revenue - Other: $15,977,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $13,372,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $11,498,000
    Interest Earnings: $5,319,000
    Special Assessments: $3,717,000
    Special Assessments: $3,521,000
    Rents: $1,068,000
    Rents: $890,000
    Sale of Property: $847,000
    Sale of Property: $339,000
    Royalties: $162,000
    Royalties: $141,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $41,214,000
    General - Other: $34,072,000
    General - Other: $33,833,000
    Hospitals: $6,964,000
    Hospitals: $5,717,000
    Regular Highways: $4,685,000
    Police Protection: $4,423,000
    Solid Waste Management: $4,072,000
    Solid Waste Management: $3,838,000
    Corrections - Other: $3,136,000
    Regular Highways: $3,036,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $3,011,000
    Local Fire Protection: $2,370,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $1,549,000
    Air Transportation: $1,205,000
    Air Transportation: $1,101,000
    Health - Other: $875,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $510,000
    Health - Other: $438,000
    Parks and Recreation: $412,000
    Central Staff Services: $377,000
    Financial Administration: $343,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $313,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $95,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $84,000
    General Public Building: $52,000
    Libraries: $12,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $304,256,000
    Cash and Securities: $299,030,000
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $706,000
    Transit Utilities: $675,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $932,000
    Cash and Securities: $173,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $471,592,000
    Public Welfare: $452,358,000
    Health and Hospitals: $334,347,000
    Health and Hospitals: $277,262,000
    Education: $213,690,000
    Other: $203,491,000
    Other: $203,392,000
    Education: $200,500,000
    Highways: $40,275,000
    Highways: $26,913,000
    Transit Utilities: $10,549,000
    Transit Utilities: $7,069,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,121,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,043,000
  • Tax - Property: $391,709,000
    Property: $367,595,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $42,901,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $40,096,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $15,635,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $13,670,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $10,477,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $10,023,000
    Other License: $6,155,000
    Other License: $5,164,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $4,489,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $4,110,000
    Other: $3,511,000
    Other: $3,394,000
    Other Selective Sales: $2,700,000
    Other Selective Sales: $2,492,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $104,563,000
    : $97,366,000
  • Transit Utilities - Interest on Debt: $12,000
    Interest on Debt: $3,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 32,286
  • Number of aged recipients: 5,545
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 26,741
  • Number of recipients under 18: 3,715
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 19,451
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 9,120
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 14,807
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 18,546
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 in Kern, CA
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Kern, CA - 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

Kern County on our top lists:

  • #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"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #22 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013"
  • #22 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #31 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Nitrogen Dioxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant congregations"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #54 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents"
  • #54 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #60 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant adherents"