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
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population


% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

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


Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation


People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)

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/.

These schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles). Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.
Results:  5
Matching School Ads
  • AA/Early Childhood Education
  • BA/Early Childhood Education Administration
  • BA/Education Studies
  • You've found Ashford University, where school comes to you. Earn your bachelor's or master's degree online.
  • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • Internet Marketing, Master of Science (Online)
  • Music Production, Bachelors of Science (Online)
  • Push Your Creativity To The Next Level
  • Veterinary Technology Alternate Route - Certificate
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Veterinary Technology - Associates
  • Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.
  • Online Master of Management in Library and Information Science - Urban Public Librarianship
  • Online Master of Management in Library and Information Science - Academic Librarianship
  • Master of Public Administration
  • One of the world's leading private research institutions, the University of Southern California (USC) was founded in 1880.

  • California Real Estate License
  • Virginia Real Estate License
  • Nevada Real Estate License
  • As home sales increase, you can be ready to launch a new career. Allied’s real estate programs provide the perfect way to start a professional career - one with unlimited opportunity! Put yourself at the forefront of the real estate field as a salesperson, broker or appraiser.

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

Study Online in Wasco

Career and College Resources

Real-World Career Reports
Career References and Original Articles
College Directories and Lists
Additional Resources
Info for Wasco Government Officials

Are you an official in the Wasco government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.

Back to Top