Ridgecrest, California Population 2024

28,738

Ridgecrest is a city located in Kern County California. Ridgecrest has a 2024 population of 28,738. Ridgecrest is currently growing at a rate of 0.69% annually and its population has increased by 2.7% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 27,982 in 2020.

The average household income in Ridgecrest is $98,249 with a poverty rate of 10.57%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Ridgecrest is 35.4 years, 36.1 years for males, and 34.6 years for females.

Ridgecrest Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Ridgecrest was:

  • White: 72.64%
  • Two or more races: 9.58%
  • Other race: 8.94%
  • Black or African American: 4.05%
  • Asian: 3.82%
  • Native American: 0.66%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.33%
Land Area (mi²)
20.9 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,376.30/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
2.7% (756)
The current population of Ridgecrest, California is 28,738 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 27,982.

Ridgecrest, California Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White20,42472.64%
Two or more races2,6939.58%
Other race2,5138.94%
Black or African American1,1384.05%
Asian1,0733.82%
Native American1850.66%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander920.33%
showing: 7 rows

White

Two or more races

Other race

Black or African American

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Ridgecrest Population by Race

Ridgecrest Population Pyramid 2024

Ridgecrest Median Age

35.4

Total

36.1

Male

34.6

Female

Ridgecrest Adults

There are 20,792 adults, (3,775 of whom are seniors) in Ridgecrest.

Ridgecrest Age Dependency

65.2

Age Dependency Ratio

22.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

43.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Ridgecrest Sex Ratio

Female14,47751.49%
Male13,64148.51%

Ridgecrest Population by Age

Ridgecrest Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All11,1442.559.940.1
Married4,8263.3872.727.3
Non Family4,5071.285248
Female1,1963.3433.866.2
Male61536832
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3.25

Average Family Size

2.5

Average Household Size

59.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Ridgecrest Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Ridgecrest Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Ridgecrest Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 97.47%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 50.44%.

Ridgecrest Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$67,811

Average Earnings

$85,625

Average Male

$45,214

Average Female

Ridgecrest Earnings by Educational Attainment

Ridgecrest Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Ridgecrest Language

85.06% of Ridgecrest residents speak only English, while 14.94% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 11.54% of the population.

Ridgecrest Language

Ridgecrest Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White18,1891,5798.68%
Hispanic6,02982613.7%
Other2,44952121.27%
Multiple2,66127010.15%
Black1,04314213.61%
Asian1,06911410.66%
Islander925357.61%
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10.57%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.67%

Male Poverty Rate

10.48%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Ridgecrest

The race most likely to be in poverty in Ridgecrest is Islander, with 57.61% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Ridgecrest is White, with 8.68% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.67%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.97%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.24%.

Ridgecrest Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade37.01%
High School16.11%
Some College10.48%
Bachelors or Greater3.37%
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Ridgecrest Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed31.31%
Male Unemployed25.73%
Female Employed5.21%
Male Employed3.25%
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Ridgecrest Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Ridgecrest Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Ridgecrest Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

48.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.8%

Male Marriage Rate

49.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Ridgecrest Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Ridgecrest Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Ridgecrest Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Ridgecrest Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

3,391

Number of Veterans

2,822

Male Veterans

569

Female Veterans

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Ridgecrest Veterans by War

count

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Ridgecrest Veterans by Age

count

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Ridgecrest Veterans by Race

Ridgecrest Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

4.96%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.74%

Veteran Disability Rate

Ridgecrest Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

63.8%

Labor Force Participation

55.4%

Employment Rate

9.2%

Unemployment Rate

Ridgecrest Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Ridgecrest Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Ridgecrest Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

63.43%

Born in Ridgecrest

92.98%

Native Born

7.02%

Foreign Born

3.19%

Non Citizen

3.83%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

92.98% of Ridgecrest residents were born in the United States, with 63.43% having been born in California. 3.19% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Ridgecrest Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202929,7181960.66%
202829,5221960.67%
202729,3261960.67%
202629,1301960.68%
202528,9341960.68%
202428,7381960.69%
202328,5421960.69%
202228,3461960.7%
202128,1501680.6%
202027,982-1,093-3.76%
201929,0751110.38%
201828,9642340.81%
201728,730670.23%
201628,663290.1%
201528,634660.23%
201428,568270.09%
201328,5412430.86%
201228,2983301.18%
201127,9682630.95%
201027,7052,77811.14%
200024,927-2,798-10.09%
199027,72511,79674.05%
198015,9298,300108.8%
19707,6292,53049.62%
19605,0993,071151.43%
19502,028
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Ridgecrest Population by Year