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Overview

Introduction to Shafter, California

Shafter, California, in Kern county, is 16 miles NW of Bakersfield, California (center to center) and 90 miles S of Fresno, California.The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Bakersfield metropolitan area. 

Shafter History

The region that is now called Shafter was originally a loading dock on the Santa Fe Railroad. The name Shafter was given as an honor to General William Rufus Shafter who was a commander of the US forces during the war between Spain and America. People started buying property in this area in 1914. The City of Shafter was incorporated in 1938.

Shafter and Nearby Attractions

  • Headstart-Patriot Park.
  • Patriot Park.
  • Jim Maginni Memorial Park.
  • Minter Field Air Museum.
  • Paraiso Hot Springs Resort.

Things To Do In Shafter

Greenfield hosts an annual Harvest Festival in the month of October. It is one of the most highly anticipated events of the area. The city has mountain ranges on its eastern and western sides. These areas are suitable for mountain biking as well as hiking. There are many parks, vineyards and wineries scattered all over the city and surrounding areas.

Shafter Transportation

The Meadows Field Airport offers air transportation services.

Shafter Higher Education

The Bakersfield College serves the area.

Demographics

People

Total Population17,801
Male Share of the Population49.8%
Female Share of the Population50.2%
Senior Citizens7%
Employed Population 16+5,778
Age of the Population27

Families

% of people married50.8%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher6.5%
Median Earnings25+$25,854
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,935
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,933

Wealth

Median Family Income$44,315
% Above Poverty Level76.5%
% Below Poverty Level23.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone12.1%
Median Gross Rent$758
Median House Value$153,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)84.5%
English3%
Irish2.3%
German2.1%
Russian0.6%
Italian0.6%
Arab0.4%
French Except Basque0.4%
Dutch0.4%
Canadian0.3%
African0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Afghan)0.2%
Swedish0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Scottish0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
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Shafter Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kern County
Standard Zip Codes93263
Phone Area Codes661
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude35.49
Approximate Longitude-119.3

Shafter Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWASCO
Distance8.2 miles
Jan Temp37 to 57 F
Apr Temp47 to 78 F
Jul Temp63 to 99 F
Oct Temp49 to 82 F
Annual Precip7.3 inches
StationBAKERSFIELD KERN CO AP
Distance13.3 miles
Jan Temp39 to 56 F
Apr Temp50 to 76 F
Jul Temp69 to 97 F
Oct Temp55 to 80 F
Annual Precip6.4 inches
StationKERN RIVER PH 1
Distance27.6 miles
Jan Temp43 to 60 F
Apr Temp54 to 79 F
Jul Temp75 to 101 F
Oct Temp62 to 84 F
Annual Precip10.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bakersfield367,555$63,336
Delano52,538$36,579
McFarland13,391$32,857
Wasco26,061$41,102

Shafter Public Schools

Central Valley High (continuation)
526 Mannel Ave.
ZIP: 93263
High
Total Enrollment 84
Golden Oak Elementary
190 S. Wall
ZIP: 93263
Primary
Total Enrollment 966
Maple Elementary
29161 Fresno Ave.
ZIP: 93263
Primary
Total Enrollment 282
Redwood Elementary
331 N. Shafter Ave.
ZIP: 93263
Primary
Total Enrollment 989
Richland Junior High
331 Shafter Ave.
ZIP: 93263
Middle
Total Enrollment 751
Sequoia Elementary
500 E. Fresno Ave.
ZIP: 93263
Primary
Total Enrollment 824
Shafter High
526 Mannel Ave.
ZIP: 93263
High
Total Enrollment 1440

Shafter Private Schools

Free Will Christian Academy
155 Redwood Dr
ZIP: 93263
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 18
Kern Sda Elementary School
30105 Riverside St
ZIP: 93263
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
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