Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population26,708
Male Share of the Population58.8%
Female Share of the Population41.2%
Senior Citizens6.8%
Employed Population 16+8,094
Age of the Population30

Families

% of people married41.2%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher2.7%
Median Earnings25+$21,906
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,662
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,420

Wealth

Median Family Income$42,159
% Above Poverty Level77.1%
% Below Poverty Level22.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone14.1%
Median Gross Rent$745
Median House Value$160,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)87.5%
German2.5%
Irish1.7%
Italian0.8%
English0.8%
Arab0.6%
Scottish0.5%
French Except Basque0.4%
West Indian0.4%
Portuguese0.3%
African0.3%
Belizean0.3%
Swedish0.2%
Dutch0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Polish0.1%
Basque0.1%
Danishn0.1%
US/American0.1%
Russian0.1%
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Wasco Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyKern County
Standard Zip Codes93280
Phone Area Codes661
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude35.64
Approximate Longitude-119.44

Wasco 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
Distance0.7 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
Distance19.8 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
Distance32.6 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
Bakersfield375,699$66,914
Delano52,713$43,119
McFarland14,456$35,124
Shafter18,923$46,509

Wasco Public Schools

John L. Prueitt Elementary
3501 Seventh St.
ZIP: 93280
Primary
Total Enrollment 809
Karl F. Clemens Elementary
523 Brd.way Ave.
ZIP: 93280
Primary
Total Enrollment 563
North Kern Vocational Training Center
2150 Seventh St.
ZIP: 93280
High
Palm Avenue Elementary
1017 Palm Ave.
ZIP: 93280
Primary
Total Enrollment 645
Pond Elementary
29585 Pond Rd.
ZIP: 93280
Primary
Total Enrollment 208
Semitropic Elementary
25300 Highway 46
ZIP: 93280
Primary
Total Enrollment 229
Teresa Burke Elementary
1301 Filburn St.
ZIP: 93280
Primary
Total Enrollment 803
Thomas Jefferson Middle
305 Griffith Ave.
ZIP: 93280
Middle
Total Enrollment 764
Wasco High
1900 Seventh St.
ZIP: 93280
High
Total Enrollment 1606
Wasco Independence High
1445 Poso Dr.
ZIP: 93280
High
Total Enrollment 141

Wasco Private Schools

Bethany Christian School
942 7th St
ZIP: 93280
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 21
North Kern Christian School
710 Peters St
ZIP: 93280
Elementary
Total Enrollment 66
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