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The City of Ridgecrest had a population of 28,272 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Ridgecrest is located at latitude 35.6285 and longitude -117.664 in Kern County. The formal boundaries for the City of Ridgecrest (see map below) encompass a land area of 20.77 sq. miles and a water area of 0.65 sq. miles. Kern County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 2,290 feet.

The City of Ridgecrest (GNIS ID: 2410944) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Ridgecrest is located within East Kern CCD of Kern County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Ridgecrest population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Ridgecrest: Crumville.

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Ridgecrest, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 28,272
Daytime Population: Workers 26,991
Daytime Population: Residents 16,215
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 43,206
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.53
Population in Households 28,099
Population in Familes 22,668
Population in Group Qrtrs 173
Population Density2 1,362
Diversity Index3 63


Median Household Income $58,690
Average Household Income $74,806
Per Capita Income $29,266


Total Housing Units 12,178 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,487 (53.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,466 (36.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,225 (10.1%)
Median Home Value $204,925
Average Home Value $222,270


Total Households 10,953
Average Household Size 2.57
Family Households 7,238
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.32% 0.54%
Households 0.22% 0.46%
Families 0.13% 0.4%
Median Household Income   1.14%
Per Capita Income   2.01%

Ridgecrest, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ridgecrest to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 275 82nd
Population Density # 700 54th
Diversity Index # 764 50th
Median Household Income # 684 55th
Per Capita Income # 750 51st

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