Introduction to Wasco, California

Wasco, California, in Kern county, is 23 miles NW of Bakersfield, California (center to center) and 83 miles S of Fresno, California.The people of the city are in the Bakersfield metropolitan area.

Wasco History

The history of Wasco dates back to the year 1897, when the Santa Fe Railroad laid tracks through the region. During the next several years, over 300 families settled in the area, primarily through arrangements made by Marshall V. Hartranft. The town of Wasco was initially named "Dewey" and then "Deweyville." When William Bonham, a settler from Wasco County in Oregon, determined that there was already a town named "Deweyville" he proposed the area be renamed "Wasco." The Post Office recorded the town name of Wasco in 1900. Cotton was introduced in the year 1918 and the city was finally incorporated in 1945.

Wasco and Nearby Attractions

  • Wasco Historical Society Museum.
  • Minter Field Air Museum.
  • Rodriguez Park.
  • Browning Road Park.
  • Bakersfield Museum of Art.
  • Buena Vista Museum of Natural.

Things To Do In Wasco

There are many noteworthy museums in the city that speak volumes about the history and culture of Wasco. The city parks are also great places to relax with family members and friends at leisure time. Food lovers can enjoy trying the delicious delicacies served at the local restaurants.

Wasco Transportation

The Fresno Yosemite International Airport is available for air travel.

Wasco Higher Education

Bakersfield College serves the city.


Total Population 25,973
Male Share of the Population 60.6%
Female Share of the Population 39.4%
Senior Citizens 5.5%
Employed Population 16+ 6,898
Age of the Population 29


% of people married 37.4%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 3.8%
Median Earnings25+ $19,982
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,027
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,497


Median Family Income $41,234
% Above Poverty Level 67.3%
% Below Poverty Level 32.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 0.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 12.7%
Median Gross Rent $683
Median House Value $135,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 87.8%
US/American 0.1%
English 1.5%
Irish 2.3%

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

Wasco Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 23 miles NW of Bakersfield, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 83 miles S of Fresno, California
County Kern
Metro Area Bakersfield
Standard Zip Codes 93280
Phone Area Codes 661
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.594
Longitude -119.34

Wasco 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 0.7 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 19.8 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
Distance 32.6 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
Shafter 17,513 $42,538

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

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Wasco High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

1900 7TH ST.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,348 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.9

1445 POSO DR.
A Non-traditional School
Serves 93 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

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