Shafter, CA Profile: Facts & Data


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Shafter, California - Basic Facts

The City of Shafter had a population of 18,629 as of July 1, 2018. Shafter ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Shafter is located at latitude 35.478 and longitude -119.1992 in Kern County. The formal boundaries for the City of Shafter (see map below) encompass a land area of 27.94 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Kern County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 348 feet.

The City of Shafter (GNIS ID: 2411873) 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 Shafter is located within Shafter CCD of Kern County.

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Shafter, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 18,629
Population in Households 18,182
Population in Familes 16,691
Population in Group Qrtrs 447
Population Density2 667
Diversity Index3 85


Median Household Income $41,928
Average Household Income $56,919
Per Capita Income $15,221


Total Housing Units 4,971 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,675 (53.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,953 (39.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 343 ( 6.9%)
Median Home Value $178,916
Average Home Value $230,320


Total Households 4,628
Average Household Size 3.93
Family Households 3,977
Average Family Size 4
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.12% 1.23%
Households 1.1% 1.18%
Families 1.06% 1.15%
Median Household Income   3.17%
Per Capita Income   3.3%

Shafter, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shafter to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 359 76th
Population Density # 869 43rd
Diversity Index # 196 87th
Median Household Income # 1193 21st
Per Capita Income # 1368 10th

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