California City, California

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California City, California

Introduction to California City, California

California City, California, in Kern county, is 30 miles N of Lancaster, California and 75 miles N of Los Angeles, California. The city is included in the Bakersfield metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 8,385 people lived in California City.

California City History

California City began when Nat Mendelsohn purchased 80,000 acres of land on which to build up a city in 1958. The city developed very quickly and was incorporated as California City in 1965.

California City and nearby Attractions

  • Twenty Mule Team Museum
  • Randsburg Desert Museum
  • Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park
  • Tehachapi Mountain Park
  • Balsitis Park
  • Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park

Things To Do In California City

Borax Bill Park, Galileo Park, Balsitis Park and Tehachapi Mountain Park are all nearby. Boating and fishing facilities are available on the Central Park Lake. California City Public Golf Course and the Tierra del Sol Championship Golf Course are the nearby golf courses. The Aspen Mall Shopping Center is the local shopping destination.

California Cityy Transportation

Edwards AFB Airport is the nearest airport.

California City Higher Education

Antelope Valley College, Cerro Coso Community College and Taft College provide facilities for higher education.

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High Points

California City strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in California):

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% California City Racial Diversity
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 15% California City Affordability of Property Taxes
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 18% California City Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of California City, California

Comparing California City to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Racial Diversity 10 7
Male Share of the Population 9 8
Well-Paid Single Men 6 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 5
Age of the Population 5 7
Senior Citizens 3 5
Female Share of the Population 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 8 5
Portion of People Married 7 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 6 6
People in Middle Class or Better 5 6
People Above Poverty 3 4
College Educated Adults 2 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 5 3
Short Commute Times 3 4
Working at Home 3 1
Walking and Biking to Work 3 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 9
Affordability of Rents 6 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 2
People Living Alone 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 6 8
Low Property Crime 5 4

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California City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles N of Lancaster, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 75 miles N of Los Angeles, California
County Kern
Metro Area Bakersfield
Standard Zip Codes 93505
P.O. Box Zip Codes 93504
Phone Area Codes 760
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.125
Longitude -117.985

California City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station MOJAVE
Distance 11.5 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
Distance 26.3 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
Distance 37.5 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 60 F
Apr Temp 45 to 79 F
Jul Temp 66 to 103 F
Oct Temp 48 to 83 F
Annual Precip 4.7 inches
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California City Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,385 100%
Male 4,182 49.9%
Female 4,203 50.1%
Under 18 2,578 30.7%
18+ 5,807 69.3%
65+ 899 10.7%
Median Age 36.1
Average Family Size 3.15
White 5,718 68.2%
African-American 1,075 12.8%
Asian 313 3.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 131 1.6%
Other 623 7.4%
Mixed Race 498 5.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,422 17%

Estimated California City Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 11,790
Growth 3,405
Growth % 40.6%

California City Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.4%
German 14.9%
Irish 7.8%
US/American 7.7%
English 6%
French (except Basque) 3.3%
Italian 3%
Dutch 1.5%
Polish 1.5%
Scottish 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
French Canadian 1.3%
Swedish 1.1%
African 0.9%
Scandinavian 0.8%
European 0.6%
Welsh 0.6%
Armenian 0.6%
Norwegian 0.5%
Hungarian 0.5%
Greek 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
British 0.3%
Turkish 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Calif City (93504, 93505)

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

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City, State Similarity   1 Person Houses 65+ College Grads Commute Minutes Family Income Kids 0-4 Non White Pop. Poverty Prop. Crime Seasonal Housing Viol. Crime
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1. Apple Valley, California 88.9   18.1% 13.7% 16.4% 32 $45,070 7.1% 23.6% 54,239 17.3% 37.2 0.7% 4.2
2. Hephzibah, Georgia 88.8   17.5% 9.3% 9.2% 33 $42,898 6.5% 28.6% 3,880 16.3% 33 0.5% 1.8
3. Hesperia, California 86   16.5% 11% 8% 38 $43,004 7.9% 25.7% 62,582 14.1% 29.1 0.4% 2.7
4. Liberty, Texas 86   24% 14.3% 17.9% 27 $41,369 7.4% 24.5% 8,033 13.2% 38.2 0.6% 1.6
5. Waxahachie, Texas 85.5   21.5% 12.3% 18.4% 25 $50,048 7.5% 29.6% 21,426 12.8% 49.4 0.6% 4.4
6. Cloverdale, California 83.3   24% 14.3% 15.2% 25 $50,000 7% 22.1% 6,831 10.4% 27.8 0.8% 3.7
7. South Toms River, New Jersey 78.4   13.5% 9% 5.6% 27 $45,375 7% 27.4% 3,634 12.6% 25 0.7% 3.9
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