Ridgecrest is a city located in Kern County California. With a 2020 population of 28,027, it is the 279th largest city in California and the 1633rd largest city in the United States. Ridgecrest is currently growing at a rate of 0.12% annually but its population has decreased by -3.04% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 28,905 in 2020. Spanning over 22 miles, Ridgecrest has a population density of 1,342 people per square mile.
The average household income in Ridgecrest is $83,173 with a poverty rate of 11.68%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $928 per month, and the median house value is $184,600. The median age in Ridgecrest is 36 years, 35.1 years for males, and 36.7 years for females.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Ridgecrestwas:
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The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.
The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 42.95%.
84.54% of Ridgecrest residents speak only English, while 15.46% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 11.63% of the population.
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The race most likely to be in poverty in Ridgecrest is Islander, with 24.53% below the poverty level.
The race least likely to be in poverty in Ridgecrest is Multiple, with 7.34% below the poverty level.
The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.20%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.58%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.61%.
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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
Born in Ridgecrest
92.77% of Ridgecrest residents were born in the United States, with 61.36% having been born in California. 2.70% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.