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Wasco, California - Basic Facts

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The City of Wasco had a population of 26,751 as of July 1, 2017. Wasco 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 Wasco is located at latitude 35.5938 and longitude -119.3673 in Kern County. The formal boundaries for the City of Wasco (see map below) encompass a land area of 9.43 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Kern County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 328 feet.

The City of Wasco (GNIS ID: 2412185) 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 Wasco is located within Wasco CCD of Kern County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Wasco 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 Wasco: Dewey, Deweyville.

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


Total Population 26,751
Daytime Population: Workers 5,580
Daytime Population: Residents 14,195
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 19,775
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.74
Population in Households 21,688
Population in Familes 19,624
Population in Group Qrtrs 5,063
Population Density2 2,838
Diversity Index3 84


Median Household Income $39,637
Average Household Income $52,005
Per Capita Income $11,672


Total Housing Units 5,944 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,750 (46.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,787 (46.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 407 ( 6.8%)
Median Home Value $158,828
Average Home Value $196,136


Total Households 5,537
Average Household Size 3.92
Family Households 4,694
Average Family Size 4
  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 0.64% 1.15%
Households 1.06% 1.26%
Families 0.99% 1.27%
Median Household Income   0.99%
Per Capita Income   2.48%

Wasco, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wasco 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 # 286 81st
Population Density # 493 68th
Diversity Index # 215 85th
Median Household Income # 1220 20th
Per Capita Income # 1445 5th

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