Introduction to Delano, California

Delano, California, in Kern county, is 30 miles NW of Bakersfield, California (center to center) and 73 miles SE of Fresno, California. The city is part of the Bakersfield metro area. It's a prominent grape growing region. Delano is home to one of the two locations in the nation which has a Voice of America shortwave transmitter. Delano incldudes two state prisons. It features a state-designated Enterprize Zone. The city has a large Hispanic population. The climate is regarded as mild.

Delano History

Delano was established in 1873 as a railroad town. The name of the community was provided by the Southern Pacific Railroad in tribute to Columbus Delano, the Secretary of the Interior of the United States. The notable Delano Grape Strike occurred in 1965 when the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, primarily Filipino workers, stopped working at the table grape farms. The workers demanded higher wages and improved working conditions. They were soon joined by the well known Cesar Chavez and the National Farm Workers Association. Later the two groups formed the prominent United Farm Workers of America labor union.

Delano Attractions

  • Cinco De Mayo Fiesta.
  • Philippine Weekend.
  • 16 de Septiembre Celebration.
  • Harvest Holidays.
  • Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park focuses on the former town of Allensworth. It was the only town in California to be founded, financed and also governed by African Americans.
  • Crystal Palace include a theater and museum which showcases memorabilia of the well known country singer Buck Owens.
  • Kern County Museum.
  • Heritage Park features historic buildings and farm equipment.

Delano Activities

The nearby Sequoia National Forest includes a vast number of Giant Sequoia groves, impressive granite monoliths, scenic canyons and meadows. The Tule Elk State Reserve provides protection to the Tule elk which in the past were in danger of becoming extinct. Lake Woollomes is a popular location. The Kern National Wildlife Refuge is nearby. The Shirley Meadows Ski Area, located on Green Horn Mountain provides skiing opportunities. The nearby Kern River and Isabella Lake are popular during the summer.

Delano Higher Education

The Delano Center is a campus of Bakersfield College.


Total Population 52,807
Male Share of the Population 57.4%
Female Share of the Population 42.6%
Senior Citizens 7.2%
Employed Population 16+ 16,797
Age of the Population 29


% of people married 41.6%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 7.1%
Median Earnings25+ $16,930
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $12,405
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,061


Median Family Income $36,121
% Above Poverty Level 69.7%
% Below Poverty Level 30.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 0.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 9.9%
Median Gross Rent $778
Median House Value $147,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 90.7%
US/American 0.2%
English 0.8%
Irish 1.5%

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

Delano Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles NW of Bakersfield, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 73 miles SE of Fresno, California
County Kern
Metro Area Bakersfield
Standard Zip Codes 93215
P.O. Box Zip Codes 93216
Phone Area Codes 661
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.768
Longitude -119.246

Delano Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station WASCO
Distance 13.1 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 57 F
Apr Temp 47 to 78 F
Jul Temp 63 to 99 F
Oct Temp 49 to 82 F
Annual Precip 7.3 inches
Distance 24.3 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 58 F
Apr Temp 50 to 77 F
Jul Temp 67 to 98 F
Oct Temp 53 to 83 F
Annual Precip 11.4 inches
Distance 30.8 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 56 F
Apr Temp 34 to 65 F
Jul Temp 50 to 89 F
Oct Temp 38 to 73 F
Annual Precip 19.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
McFarland 13,028 $30,582
Porterville 55,218 $40,798
Shafter 17,513 $42,538
Wasco 25,973 $41,234

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

Delano Hospitals

(661) 725-4800
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 29.4

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Student/teacher ratio: 15

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