Tehachapi, California

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Tehachapi, California

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Tehachapi Racial Diversity
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 8% Tehachapi Affordability of Rents
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Tehachapi Well-Paid Single Men
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 18% Tehachapi Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Tehachapi, California

Comparing Tehachapi 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
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Racial Diversity 10 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 8
Age of the Population 3 5
Senior Citizens 2 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1
Female Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 7 4
Portion of People Married 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 3 3
People in Middle Class or Better 2 3
People Above Poverty 2 2
College Educated Adults 1 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 7
Walking and Biking to Work 8 6
Short Commute Times 5 8
Public Transportation Use 5 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 4
Housing Recently Built 7 6
Affordability of Rents 7 10
People Living Alone 7 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 6

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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
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Tehachapi Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 10,957 100%
Male 7,584 69.2%
Female 3,373 30.8%
Under 18 2,026 18.5%
18+ 8,931 81.5%
65+ 1,029 9.4%
Median Age 33.2
Average Family Size 3.19
White 6,264 57.2%
African-American 1,512 13.8%
Asian 81 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 148 1.4%
Other 2,610 23.8%
Mixed Race 325 3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 3,583 32.7%

Estimated Tehachapi Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 11,752
Growth 795
Growth % 7.3%

Tehachapi 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) 40.7%
German 13.6%
Irish 9.2%
English 8.5%
US/American 8.4%
Italian 3.1%
French (except Basque) 2.1%
Danish 2%
French Canadian 1.6%
Dutch 1.5%
Scottish 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
Norwegian 1.1%
Swedish 1%
Welsh 0.7%
Polish 0.6%
Finnish 0.6%
European 0.5%
Eastern European 0.4%
Greek 0.4%
Dutch West Indian 0.3%
Russian 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Tehachapi 10,957 $40,030
Arvin 12,956 $24,816

Tehachapi Hospitals

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 26.8

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Student/teacher ratio: 23.9

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