Introduction to Tehachapi, California

Tehachapi, California, in Kern county, is 34 miles NW of Lancaster, California and 75 miles N of Los Angeles, California. The city is conveniently located inside the Bakersfield metropolitan area. There are an estimated 10,957 people in Tehachapi.

Tehachapi History

During 1870s, Tehachapi was preceded by a settlement known as either Williamsburg or Tehichipa. In 1876, the Southern Pacific Railroad established its line through the Tehachapi Mountains. The town was originally known as Tehachapi Summit and was later renamed as Tehachapi. The city was incorporated in 1909.

Tehachapi and nearby Attractions

  • Tehachapi Museum
  • Tehachapi Loop
  • Mourning Cloak Ranch and Botanical Gardens
  • Woodward West Action Sports Camp
  • Wind Farms
  • Indian Point Ostrich Ranch
  • Tomo-Kahni State Park

Things To Do In Tehachapi

Tehachapi is well known for its bustling business districts and quiet neighborhoods. There are several community groups functioning in this area. The city also offers places of worship, sports facilities, shopping centers, cultural activities and several picturesque landscapes. In addition, the city of Tehachapi organizes the Tehachapi Mountain Festival every year.

Tehachapi Transportation

The closest major airport is Los Angeles International.

Tehachapi Higher Education

The Antelope Valley College serves the area.


Total Population 13,818
Male Share of the Population 67.7%
Female Share of the Population 32.3%
Senior Citizens 8.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,769
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 40.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 9.3%
Median Earnings25+ $30,838
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,273
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,975


Median Family Income $57,389
% Above Poverty Level 82.6%
% Below Poverty Level 17.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 14.8%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 29%
Median Gross Rent $793
Median House Value $172,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 51.4%
US/American 0%
English 7.3%
Irish 14.4%

Tehachapi Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 34 miles NW of Lancaster, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 75 miles N of Los Angeles, California
County Kern
Metro Area Bakersfield
Standard Zip Codes 93561
P.O. Box Zip Codes 93581
Phone Area Codes 661
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.132
Longitude -118.448

Tehachapi Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.1 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 16.9 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 39.9 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Alpine Forest (93561)

California Correctional Inst (93561)

Monolith (93561)

Sand Canyon (93561)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arvin 20,028 $34,809

Tehachapi Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(661) 822-3241
Emergency Service: Yes

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Tehachapi High Schools

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Serves 1,454 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.8

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Serves 167 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.9

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