Kern County, California Population 2020

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
White663,59275.15%
Some Other Race87,1189.87%
Black or African American48,1795.46%
Asian41,8424.74%
Two or More Races31,1363.53%
American Indian and Alaska Native9,4881.07%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1,6980.19%

Kern County, California Population Pyramid 2020

Kern County, California Median Age

31.5


Total

31


Male

32.1


Female

Kern County, California Adults

There are 625,303 adults, (92,005 of whom are seniors) in Kern County, California.

Kern County, California Age Dependency

65.6

Age Dependency Ratio

17.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

48.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Kern County, California Sex Ratio

Female

430,407

48.74%

Male

452,646

51.26%

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%
All58%42%
Male50.4%49.6%
Non Family49.9%50.1%
Female37.3%62.7%

58.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All267,9133.1858
Married136,8583.869.7
Non Family67,5341.349.9
Female43,4203.9537.3
Male20,1013.650.4

3.68

Average Family Size

3.18

Average Household Size

8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Kern County, California Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade72,41513.61%
9th to 12th Grade67,16912.62%
High School Graduate147,23927.67%
Some College121,06022.75%
Associates Degree38,4657.23%
Bachelors Degree57,03010.72%
Graduate Degree28,7225.40%

Kern County, California Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic241,731137,05017,122
White222,512199,62351,550
Other Race48,03629,1734,023
Asian28,59323,10610,373
Black28,09922,8884,253
Multiple Races13,68111,3302,767
Native American5,3074,042377
Islander969860181

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 89.71%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 36.28%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,123$38,552$25,766
Less Than High School$20,623$25,654$15,265
High School Grad$30,348$36,650$21,403
Some College$36,104$46,773$28,095
Bachelors Degree$61,055$73,205$50,051
Graduate Degree$78,729$88,146$73,311

$32,123

Average Earnings

$38,552

Average Male

$25,766

Average Female

Kern County, California Language

Kern County, California Language by Age

Kern County, California Language

55.92% of Kern County, California residents speak only English, while 44.08% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 39.06% of the population.

Kern County, California Poverty

Kern County, California Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic450,874118,86826.36%
White299,17344,54614.89%
Other85,42020,28123.74%
Black42,45915,17935.75%
Multiple29,0446,81723.47%
Asian40,7885,62113.78%
Native9,1912,32925.34%
Islander1,52860139.33%

21.98%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.65%

Male Poverty Rate

24.30%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Kern County, California

The race most likely to be in poverty in Kern County, California is Islander, with 39.33% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Kern County, California is Asian, with 13.78% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.79%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.61%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.02%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School28.63%
High School18.98%
Some College14.15%
Bachelors or Greater4.64%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed37.52%
Male Unemployed33.98%
Female Employed12.63%
Male Employed9.11%

Kern County, California Income

Kern County, California Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$52,479$71,440
Families$57,015$77,107
Married Families$72,176$92,531
Non Families$32,152$47,980

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

36,855

Number of Veterans

33,722

Male Veterans

3,133

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam12,764
Second Gulf War7,837
First Gulf War7,548
Korea3,049
World War II1,172

Kern County, California Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White30,1366.37%
Hispanic7,2462.42%
Black2,3696.95%
Other1,6362.75%
2 or More1,5048.59%
Asian6081.89%
Indian4987.94%
Hawaiian1049.50%

Kern County, California Veterans by Education

7.96%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.32%

Veteran Disability Rate

Kern County, California Employment Status

58.2%

Labor Force Participation

52%

Employment Rate

10.3%

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

66.52%

Born in California

80.03%

Native Born

19.97%

Foreign Born

13.17%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

80.03% of Kern County, California residents were born in the United States, with 66.52% having been born in California. 13.17% 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