Kern County, California
Location of Kern County in California:
Kern County comprises the Bakersfield, CA Metropolitan statistical area. The county spans the southern end of the Central Valley. Covering 8,161.42 square miles (21,138.0 km2), it ranges west to the southern slope of the Coast Ranges, and east beyond the southern slope of the eastern Sierra Nevada into the Mojave Desert, at the city of Ridgecrest. Its northernmost city is Delano and its southern reach expands just beyond Lebec to Grapevine and the northern tip of the parallel Antelope Valley.
The county’s economy is heavily linked to agriculture and to petroleum extraction. There is also a strong aviation, space, and military presence, such as Edwards Air Force Base, the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station, and the Mojave Air and Space Port.
For more information regarding Kern County, please visit their county website here.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 8,163 square miles (21,140 km2), of which 8,132 square miles (21,060 km2) is land and 31 square miles (80 km2) (0.4%) is water. It is the third-largest county by area in California. Its area is nearly the size of the state of New Hampshire; it extends:
- East beyond the southern slope of the Sierra Nevada range into the Mojave Desert and includes parts of the Indian Wells Valley and Antelope Valley.
- West from the Sierra across the floor of the San Joaquin Valley to the eastern edge of the Temblor Range, part of the Coast Ranges.
- South over the ridge of the Tehachapi Mountains.
Outdoor recreational activities include horseback riding, water skiing (Lake Isabella, Lake Buena Vista, Lake Ming, and private ski ranches). Off-roading and other motorsports take place at Jawbone Canyon, California City, Randsburg, Willow Springs, Buttonwillow, Bakersfield Speedway, Famoso Raceway, and the half-mile Kern Raceway. Hunting, paintball, white-water rafting, kayaking (Kern River), snow skiing(Shirley Meadows and Mount Pinos), shooting ranges (5 Dogs Range), hiking, biking (trails, paths, and roads), camping and fishing are also part of the recreational culture.
According to the 2010 United States Census, Kern County’s population was 839,631. It was the eleventh-largest county by population in California.
The most known city in Kern County is Bakersfield, the county seat of Kern County. It covers about 142 square miles (370 km2) near the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley and the Central Valley region. Bakersfield’s population is approximately 365,000, making it the ninth-most populous city in California and the 52nd-most populous city in the nation. The Bakersfield–Delano Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Kern County, had a 2010 census population of 839,631, making it the 62nd largest metropolitan area in the United States. The more built-up urban area that includes Bakersfield and areas immediately around the city, such as East Bakersfield and Rosedale, has a population of approximately 464,000.
Average Temperatures: http://www.usclimatedata.com/climate/bakersfield/california/united-states/usca0062
The county has a large agricultural base and is a significant producer of oil, natural gas, hydroelectric power, solar power, and wind power. Kern County is a hub of various power sources. Kern is also noted for its mineral wealth, including gold, borate, and kernite. The largest open-pit mine in California, which mines borax, is at Boron in Kern County. As of October 1, 2016, Kern County contains nearly 25% of California’s in-state renewable energy production, including 1,785 MW of solar power and 3,310 MW of wind power.
As of 2015, Kern is California’s top oil-producing county, with 78% of the state’s 56,653 active oil wells and 71% of oil production. The county produced 144.5 million barrels of oil in 2015, accounting for about 4% of overall U.S. oil production.
The county today contributes more than three-quarters of all the oil produced onshore in California.
Aviation and space
Department of Defense facilities include Edwards Air Force Base and China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station. As home to Edwards Air Force Base the Air Force’s main flight test facility, Kern has been the site of many milestones, including the first supersonic flight and the first landing of the Space Shuttle. The base has brought prosperity to the railroad towns of Mojave and Rosamond. Kern County is also the home of the first inland spaceport in the United States, the Mojave Spaceport
- Interstate 5
- S. Route 395
- State Route 14
- State Route 33
- State Route 41
- State Route 43
- State Route 46
- State Route 58
- State Route 65
- State Route 99
- State Route 119
- State Route 138
- State Route 155
- State Route 166
- State Route 178
- State Route 184
- State Route 202
- State Route 204
- State Route 223
- California City Municipal Airport, California City. (FAA: L71)
- Delano Municipal Airport, Delano. (IATA: DLO)
- Inyokern Airport, Inyokern. (IATA: IYK)
- Kern Valley Airport, Kernville. (FAA: L05)
- Lost Hills Airport, Lost Hills. (FAA: L84)
- Meadows Field, Bakersfield, an international and general aviation airport. (IATA: BFL)
- Mojave Airport, Mojave. (IATA: MHV)
- Shafter Airport(Minter Field), Shafter. (IATA: MIT)
- Taft Airport, Taft. (FAA: L17)
- Tehachapi Municipal Airport, Tehachapi. (IATA: TSP)
- Wasco Airport, Wasco. (FAA: L19)
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