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Overview

Introduction to Ridgecrest, California

Ridgecrest, California, in Kern county, is 69 miles NE of Lancaster, California and 113 miles N of Los Angeles, California. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Bakersfield metropolitan area. 

Ridgecrest History

Ridgecrest is located in the beautiful Indian Wells Valley, surrounded on all four sides by mountain ranges. The Sierra Nevada lies to the west, the Argus Range on the east, the Cosos on the north and the El Paso Mountains on the south. The evolution of Ridgecrest into a growing and dynamic city happened in the 1950s and '60s. It was incorporated in 1963, and provides housing and services to Federal employees and contractors. Ridgecrest is the only incorporated community in the Indian Wells Valley, and acts as the business and shopping center for Kern County.

Ridgecrest and Nearby Attractions

  • Satellite Lake.
  • Jornales Studio.
  • Grace Lutheran Church.
  • Desert Empire Fairgrounds.
  • Stauffer Park.
  • Sierra Vista Shopping Center.

Things To Do In Ridgecrest

Visitors at Ridgecrest can enjoy the picturesque beauty of Satellite Lake, or go shopping in the numerous plazas like the Heritage Square Shopping Center, the Sierra Vista Shopping Center or the Ridgecrest Plaza. Besides, there are quite a few parks in the neighboring area that offer excellent recreational facilities for adults and children alike. Art lovers can also take a tour of the Jornales Studio.

Ridgecrest Transportation

Air transportation is available from Edwards Afb Airport.

Ridgecrest Higher Education

The city is served by the Cerro Coso Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population28,604
Male Share of the Population51.6%
Female Share of the Population48.4%
Senior Citizens13.6%
Employed Population 16+12,005
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married51.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher27.9%
Median Earnings25+$43,355
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,708
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,475

Wealth

Median Family Income$74,127
% Above Poverty Level84%
% Below Poverty Level16%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time14 minutes
% Working from Home3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work4%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone30.9%
Median Gross Rent$859
Median House Value$166,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)44.4%
German12.2%
Irish9%
English8.1%
Italian4.3%
French Except Basque3%
Swedish2.4%
Norwegian1.9%
Scottish1.7%
Dutch1.6%
African1.4%
Arab0.9%
Greek0.8%
Welsh0.7%
Polish0.6%
Danishn0.5%
Swiss0.5%
Canadian0.5%
West Indian0.4%
Sudanese0.4%
Haitian0.3%
Russian0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Syrian0.3%
Finnish0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Belgian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Australian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
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Ridgecrest Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kern County
Standard Zip Codes93555
P.O. Box Zip Codes93556
Phone Area Codes760
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude35.55
Approximate Longitude-117.67

Ridgecrest Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationINYOKERN
Distance8.5 miles
Jan Temp31 to 60 F
Apr Temp45 to 79 F
Jul Temp66 to 103 F
Oct Temp48 to 83 F
Annual Precip4.7 inches
StationTRONA
Distance18.9 miles
Jan Temp36 to 56 F
Apr Temp52 to 77 F
Jul Temp75 to 100 F
Oct Temp55 to 80 F
Annual Precip4.1 inches
StationHAIWEE
Distance38.7 miles
Jan Temp29 to 53 F
Apr Temp41 to 71 F
Jul Temp62 to 96 F
Oct Temp44 to 76 F
Annual Precip7.3 inches

Ridgecrest Hospitals

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital
(Non-profit)
1081 North China Lake Blvd.
(760) 446-3551

Ridgecrest Public Schools

Burroughs High
500 E. French St.
ZIP: 93555
High
Total Enrollment 1397
Faller Elementary
1500 W. Upjohn St.
ZIP: 93555
Primary
Total Enrollment 452
Gateway Elementary
501 S. Gateway
ZIP: 93555
Primary
Total Enrollment 392
James Monroe Middle
340 W. Church St.
ZIP: 93555
Middle
Total Enrollment 485
Las Flores Elementary
720 W. Las Flores
ZIP: 93555
Primary
Total Enrollment 538
Mesquite Continuation High
140 W. Drummond
ZIP: 93555
High
Total Enrollment 97
Murray Middle
921 E. Inyokern Rd.
ZIP: 93555
Middle
Total Enrollment 603
Pierce Elementary
674 N. Gold Canyon
ZIP: 93555
Primary
Total Enrollment 337
Richmond Elementary
1206 Kearsarge St.
ZIP: 93555
Primary
Total Enrollment 464
Ridgecrest Charter
325 S. Downs St.
ZIP: 93555
Primary
Total Enrollment 423
Sierra Vista Education Center
1327 N. Norma St.
ZIP: 93555

Ridgecrest Private Schools

Adventist Christian School
555 W Las Flores Ave
ZIP: 93555
Elementary
Total Enrollment 23
Heritage Montessori School
934 N Heritage Dr
ZIP: 93555
Elementary
Total Enrollment 19
Immanuel Christian School
201 W Graaf Ave
ZIP: 93555
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 172
Liberty Christian School
740 W Upjohn Ave
ZIP: 93555
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 9
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