Introduction to Arvin, California

Arvin, California, in Kern county, is 15 miles SE of Bakersfield, California (center to center) and 86 miles NW of Los Angeles, California. The city is part of the Bakersfield metropolitan statistical area (MSA). 

Arvin History

People began buying property in the area that is presently called Arvin around 1907. The local post office was built in 1914 and the name of this city was based on the name of a former postmaster of the area, Arvin Richardson. The area was incorporated in 1914. The city suffered from two major natural disasters which nearly wiped it out. One was an earthquake in 1952, followed by a highly destructive dust storm in December 1977.

Arvin and nearby Attractions

  • Kern County Fairgrounds
  • Casa Demonaco Art Studio
  • Indian Point Ostrich Ranch
  • East Hills Mall Art Gallery
  • Vargas Family Amusement Center

Things To Do In Arvin

The city of Arvin offers a range of opportunities for relaxation and recreation. There are a number of parks where one can relax as well as indulge in games and sports. There are several restaurants that offer a wide variety of cuisine and some excellent shopping malls.

Arvin Transportation

Air transportation is available at the Meadows Field Airport.

Arvin Higher Education

The California State University is only a short distance away.



Total Population20,562
Male Share of the Population51.9%
Female Share of the Population48.1%
Senior Citizens4.5%
Employed Population 16+7,448
Age of the Population24


% of people married47.6%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher2.2%
Median Earnings25+$18,303
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,695
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,248


Median Family Income$36,264
% Above Poverty Level71.6%
% Below Poverty Level28.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.8%
% Using Public Transportation1.4%


People Living Alone7.8%
Median Gross Rent$814
Median House Value$116,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)90.7%
French Except Basque0.3%
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Arvin Almanac

County Kern County
Standard Zip Codes93203
Phone Area Codes661
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude35.08
Approximate Longitude-118.79

Arvin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance14 miles
Jan Temp35 to 59 F
Apr Temp47 to 74 F
Jul Temp66 to 97 F
Oct Temp52 to 81 F
Annual Precip12 inches
Distance22 miles
Jan Temp32 to 52 F
Apr Temp38 to 63 F
Jul Temp59 to 86 F
Oct Temp42 to 71 F
Annual Precip11.5 inches
Distance39 miles
Jan Temp34 to 58 F
Apr Temp46 to 72 F
Jul Temp67 to 97 F
Oct Temp49 to 79 F
Annual Precip6.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

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Arvin Public Schools

Arvin High
900 Varsity Rd
(661) 854-5561
Total Enrollment 2487
El Camino Real Elementary
911 El Camino Real Rd
(661) 854-6661
Total Enrollment 837
Haven Drive Middle
341 Haven Dr
(661) 854-6540
Total Enrollment 780
Sierra Vista Elementary
300 Franklin St
(661) 854-6560
Total Enrollment 742
Bear Mountain Elementary
1501 Hood St
(661) 854-6590
Total Enrollment 828
Di Giorgio Elementary
19405 Buena Vista Blvd
(661) 854-2604
Total Enrollment 195
Grimmway Academy
901 Nectarine Ct.
(661) 855-8200
Total Enrollment 277
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