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Overview

Introduction to Shafter, California

Shafter, California, in Kern county, is 16 miles NW of Bakersfield, California (center to center) and 90 miles S of Fresno, California.The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Bakersfield metropolitan area. 

Shafter History

The region that is now called Shafter was originally a loading dock on the Santa Fe Railroad. The name Shafter was given as an honor to General William Rufus Shafter who was a commander of the US forces during the war between Spain and America. People started buying property in this area in 1914. The City of Shafter was incorporated in 1938.

Shafter and Nearby Attractions

  • Headstart-Patriot Park.
  • Patriot Park.
  • Jim Maginni Memorial Park.
  • Minter Field Air Museum.
  • Paraiso Hot Springs Resort.

Things To Do In Shafter

Greenfield hosts an annual Harvest Festival in the month of October. It is one of the most highly anticipated events of the area. The city has mountain ranges on its eastern and western sides. These areas are suitable for mountain biking as well as hiking. There are many parks, vineyards and wineries scattered all over the city and surrounding areas.

Shafter Transportation

The Meadows Field Airport offers air transportation services.

Shafter Higher Education

The Bakersfield College serves the area.

People

Total Population 17,513
Male Share of the Population 50.8%
Female Share of the Population 49.2%
Senior Citizens 6.6%
Employed Population 16+ 5,608
Age of the Population 26

Families

% of people married 50.6%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 6.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $42,538
% Above Poverty Level 78.3%
% Below Poverty Level 21.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 10%
Median Gross Rent $754
Median House Value $142,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 84.3%
US/American 0%
English 2.4%
Irish 3.3%

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

Shafter Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles NW of Bakersfield, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 90 miles S of Fresno, California
County Kern
Metro Area Bakersfield
Standard Zip Codes 93263
Phone Area Codes 661
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.5
Longitude -119.27

Shafter Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station WASCO
Distance 8.2 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
Station BAKERSFIELD KERN CO AP
Distance 13.3 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 56 F
Apr Temp 50 to 76 F
Jul Temp 69 to 97 F
Oct Temp 55 to 80 F
Annual Precip 6.4 inches
Station KERN RIVER PH 1
Distance 27.6 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 60 F
Apr Temp 54 to 79 F
Jul Temp 75 to 101 F
Oct Temp 62 to 84 F
Annual Precip 10.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bakersfield 363,612 $62,272
Delano 52,807 $36,121
McFarland 13,028 $30,582
Wasco 25,973 $41,234

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

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Shafter High Schools

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SHAFTER HIGH
526 MANNEL AVE.
661-746-4961
Serves 1,348 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.5

CENTRAL VALLEY CONT HIGH
526 MANNEL AVE.
661-746-4961
A Non-traditional School
Serves 21 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.5

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