Kern County, California Population 2019

Kern County, California's estimated population is 888,988 with a growth rate of 0.75% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Kern County, California is the 11th largest county in California.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2018896,7647,7760.87%
2017888,9886,6270.75%
2016882,3615,1640.59%
2015877,1977,2400.83%
2014869,9577,4000.86%
2013862,5578,5941.01%
2012853,9635,8230.69%
2011848,1407,0680.84%
2010841,072297,59554.76%
1990543,477140,38834.83%
1980403,08973,92722.46%
1970329,16237,17812.73%
1960291,98463,67527.89%
1950228,30993,18568.96%
1940135,12452,55463.65%
193082,57027,72750.56%
192054,84317,12845.41%
191037,71521,235128.85%
190016,4806,67268.03%
18909,8084,20775.11%
18805,6012,67691.49%
18702,9250.00%

How Many People Live in Kern County, California?

888,988

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White660,19675.13%
Some Other Race88,40310.06%
Black or African American48,0785.47%
Asian41,2634.70%
Two or More Races29,4453.35%
American Indian and Alaska Native9,7391.11%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1,6200.18%

Kern County, California Population Pyramid 2019

Kern County, California Median Age

31.3


Total

30.8


Male

31.9


Female

Kern County, California Adults

There are 621,092 adults, (89,227 of whom are seniors) in Kern County, California.

Kern County, California Age Dependency

65.2

Age Dependency Ratio

16.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

48.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Kern County, California Sex Ratio

Female

428,351

48.75%

Male

450,393

51.25%

Kern County, California Households and Families

Kern County, California Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Kern County, California Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married69.7%30.3%
All57.2%42.8%
Non Family49.1%50.9%
Male47.4%52.6%
Female35.5%64.5%

57.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All264,9933.257.2
Married134,8383.8269.7
Non Family66,9371.349.1
Female43,6553.9635.5
Male19,5633.747.4

3.7

Average Family Size

3.2

Average Household Size

7.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Kern County, California Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade73,42113.95%
9th to 12th Grade64,40212.24%
High School Graduate145,69427.68%
Some College121,57323.10%
Associates Degree38,1157.24%
Bachelors Degree55,52310.55%
Graduate Degree27,5585.24%

Kern County, California Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic235,740133,13815,886
White223,873201,24550,878
Other Race48,31528,6273,753
Asian28,12422,1309,972
Black27,77122,4874,028
Multiple Races12,77510,4752,644
Native American5,4354,167324
Islander883736153

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 89.89%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 35.46%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,565$37,288$24,956
Less Than High School$19,132$23,490$14,099
High School Grad$30,035$36,012$21,526
Some College$35,667$46,433$27,564
Bachelors Degree$60,300$73,173$50,307
Graduate Degree$75,040$85,929$67,863

$31,565

Average Earnings

$37,288

Average Male

$24,956

Average Female

Kern County, California Language

Kern County, California Language by Age

Kern County, California Language

55.90% of Kern County, California residents speak only English, while 44.10% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 39.05% of the population.

Kern County, California Poverty

Kern County, California Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic442,897122,56727.67%
White303,07845,02114.85%
Other86,35420,97324.29%
Black42,45215,41036.30%
Multiple27,3475,77821.13%
Asian40,3265,41813.44%
Native9,3702,37725.37%
Islander1,43255939.04%

22.56%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.17%

Male Poverty Rate

24.94%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Kern County, California

The race most likely to be in poverty in Kern County, California is Islander, with 39.04% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Kern County, California is Asian, with 13.44% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.18%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.00%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.46%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School29.33%
High School19.11%
Some College14.32%
Bachelors or Greater4.55%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed39.83%
Male Unemployed34.01%
Female Employed12.50%
Male Employed9.75%

Kern County, California Income

Kern County, California Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$50,826$69,236
Families$55,176$74,250
Married Families$70,969$89,572
Non Families$32,651$47,741

Kern County, California Marital Status

Kern County, California Marital Status

Marriage Rates

46.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.8%

Male Marriage Rate

46.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Kern County, California Married by Age and Sex

Kern County, California Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Kern County, California Marital Status by Race

Kern County, California Veterans

38,066

Number of Veterans

35,277

Male Veterans

2,789

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam13,142
First Gulf War7,857
Second Gulf War7,666
Korea3,239
World War II1,289
Age Group Veterans
35 to 549,413
65 to 748,800
55 to 647,590
75+7,320
18 to 344,943

Kern County, California Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White31,3486.68%
Hispanic7,0282.39%
Black2,2376.57%
2 or More1,6169.60%
Other1,5002.49%
Asian7162.28%
Indian5408.27%
Hawaiian10910.62%

Kern County, California Veterans by Education

8.60%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.01%

Veteran Disability Rate

Kern County, California Employment Status

58.3%

Labor Force Participation

51.7%

Employment Rate

10.9%

Unemployment Rate

Kern County, California Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

65.91%

Born in California

80.05%

Native Born

19.95%

Foreign Born

13.22%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

80.05% of Kern County, California residents were born in the United States, with 65.91% having been born in California. 13.22% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Population of Cities in Kern County, California

City 2010 Census 2016 Estimated Growth Growth Rate
Bakersfield347611376380287698.28%
Delano5304152707-334-0.63%
Ridgecrest276162870110853.93%
Wasco25552263958433.30%
Arvin193042108617829.23%
Shafter1698818945195711.52%
McFarland1270714544183714.46%
California City1412013707-413-2.92%
Tehachapi1441412495-1919-13.31%
Taft92889373850.92%
Maricopa11541183292.51%
  1. US Census City/Town Population estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  2. Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790 - 1990