Introduction to Arvin, California

Arvin, California, in Kern county, is 15 miles SE of Bakersfield, California (center to center) and 86 miles NW of Los Angeles, California. The city is part of the Bakersfield metropolitan statistical area (MSA). 

Arvin History

People began buying property in the area that is presently called Arvin around 1907. The local post office was built in 1914 and the name of this city was based on the name of a former postmaster of the area, Arvin Richardson. The area was incorporated in 1914. The city suffered from two major natural disasters which nearly wiped it out. One was an earthquake in 1952, followed by a highly destructive dust storm in December 1977.

Arvin and nearby Attractions

  • Kern County Fairgrounds
  • Casa Demonaco Art Studio
  • Indian Point Ostrich Ranch
  • East Hills Mall Art Gallery
  • Vargas Family Amusement Center

Things To Do In Arvin

The city of Arvin offers a range of opportunities for relaxation and recreation. There are a number of parks where one can relax as well as indulge in games and sports. There are several restaurants that offer a wide variety of cuisine and some excellent shopping malls.

Arvin Transportation

Air transportation is available at the Meadows Field Airport.

Arvin Higher Education

The California State University is only a short distance away.


Total Population 20,328
Male Share of the Population 52%
Female Share of the Population 48%
Senior Citizens 4.2%
Employed Population 16+ 7,441
Age of the Population 24


% of people married 48%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 2.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $35,396
% Above Poverty Level 70.7%
% Below Poverty Level 29.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.6%


People Living Alone 8.2%
Median Gross Rent $814
Median House Value $107,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 91.1%
US/American 0%
English 0.4%
Irish 0.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Arvin Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles SE of Bakersfield, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 86 miles NW of Los Angeles, California
County Kern
Metro Area Bakersfield
Standard Zip Codes 93203
Phone Area Codes 661
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.209
Longitude -118.827

Arvin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 14 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 59 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 66 to 97 F
Oct Temp 52 to 81 F
Annual Precip 12 inches
Distance 22 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 52 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 59 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 71 F
Annual Precip 11.5 inches
Station MOJAVE
Distance 39 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 58 F
Apr Temp 46 to 72 F
Jul Temp 67 to 97 F
Oct Temp 49 to 79 F
Annual Precip 6.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Arvin, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Di Giorgio (93203)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bakersfield 363,612 $62,272
Tehachapi 13,536 $55,204

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Serves 2,396 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.3

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