Wasco, California Population 2022

27,347
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Wasco is a city located in Kern County California. With a 2020 population of 27,347, it is the 282nd largest city in California and the 1669th largest city in the United States. Wasco is currently growing at a rate of 0.55% annually and its population has increased by 1.11% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 27,047 in 2020. Spanning over 9 miles, Wasco has a population density of 2,913 people per square mile.

The average household income in Wasco is $49,980 with a poverty rate of 18.97%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $785 per month, and the median house value is $179,500. The median age in Wasco is 29.7 years, 30.4 years for males, and 27.3 years for females.

Wasco Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Wascowas:

  • White: 64.19%
  • Two or more races: 15.21%
  • Other race: 12.85%
  • Black or African American: 6.01%
  • Asian: 0.85%
  • Native American: 0.79%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.10%
The current population of Wasco, California is 27,347 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 27,047.

Wasco, California Population 2022

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White17,68564.19%
Black or African American1,6556.01%
American Indian and Alaska Native2190.79%
Asian2340.85%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander280.10%
Some Other Race3,54012.85%
Two or More Races4,19215.21%
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Wasco Population by Race

Wasco Population Pyramid 2022

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Wasco Median Age

30.4


Total

31.4


Male

27.8


Female

Wasco Adults

There are 20,642 adults, (1,540 of whom are seniors) in Wasco.

Wasco Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

8.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Wasco Sex Ratio

Female

10,916

39.62%

Male

16,637

60.38%

Wasco Population by Age

Wasco Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Wasco Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married68.2%31.8%
Male65.9%34.1%
All59.4%40.6%
Non Family45.7%54.3%
Female40.5%59.5%

59.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Wasco Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All6,4643.459.4
Married3,7403.868.2
Male5253.0465.9
Female1,1664.3640.5
Non Family1,0331.0445.7

3.7

Average Family Size

3.4

Average Household Size

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Wasco Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,98922.69%
9th to 12th Grade3,01017.12%
High School Graduate5,67932.31%
Some College3,06517.44%
Associates Degree1,0636.05%
Bachelors Degree5803.30%
Graduate Degree1921.09%
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Wasco Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Wasco Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Asian20016349
White1,7601,391163
Native American1569811
2+ Races2,6771,607156
Other Race2,2141,400128
Hispanic13,8997,741510
Black1,3421,009
Islander21

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 81.50%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 24.50%.

Wasco Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$26,961$30,679$19,083
Less Than 9th Grade$19,901$23,051$13,333
High School Graduate$27,304$31,748$16,154
Some College$32,534$34,289$31,556
Bachelors Degree$44,803$$46,667
Graduate Degree$64,643$70,357$63,348

$26,961

Average Earnings

$30,679

Average Male

$19,083

Average Female

Wasco Earnings by Educational Attainment

Wasco Language by Age

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Wasco Language

31.16% of Wasco residents speak only English, while 68.84% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 66.63% of the population.

Wasco Language

Wasco Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Native1456544.83%
White1,22927122.05%
Hispanic20,0143,81619.07%
Black4528418.58%
Asian1592314.47%
Other347NaN%
Multiple3,53558016.41%

18.97%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.09%

Male Poverty Rate

21.91%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Wasco

The race most likely to be in poverty in Wasco is Native, with 44.83% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Wasco is Multiple, with 16.41% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.15%. Among those working part-time, it was 14.02%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 31.60%.

Wasco Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade25.97%
High School11.54%
Some College12.81%
Bachelors or Greater2.59%

Wasco Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed6.47%
Male Unemployed13.81%
Female Employed12.36%
Female Unemployed30.70%

Wasco Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Wasco Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$39,291$53,437
Families$42,652$56,813
Married Families$46,831-
Non Families$14,565$21,283
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Income by Household Type

Wasco Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

39.8%

Male Marriage Rate

51.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Wasco Married by Age and Sex

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Wasco Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Wasco Marital Status by Race

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Wasco Marital Status

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511

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War80
First Gulf War133
Vietnam161
Korea16
World War II26

Wasco Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 3474
35 to 54169
55 to 6466
65 to 74137
75+65

Wasco Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2311.75%
Black1348.35%
Native American116.15%
Other Race1234.79%
2+ Races120.43%
Hispanic2281.38%

Wasco Veterans by Race

Wasco Veterans by Education

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13.00%

Veteran Poverty Rate

13.26%

Veteran Disability Rate

Wasco Veterans by Education

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46.3%

Labor Force Participation

41.7%

Employment Rate

9.9%

Unemployment Rate

Wasco Employment by Age

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Wasco Employment by Race

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Wasco Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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63.72%

Born in Wasco

70.18%

Native Born

29.82%

Foreign Born

21.94%

Non Citizen

7.88%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

70.18% of Wasco residents were born in the United States, with 63.72% having been born in California. 21.94% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Wasco Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
19505,5920.00%
19606,8411,2492.04%
19708,2691,4281.91%
19809,6131,3441.52%
199012,4122,7992.59%
200021,2638,8515.53%
201025,5454,2821.85%
201125,6951500.59%
201225,8451500.58%
201325,9951500.58%
201426,1451500.58%
201526,2951500.57%
201626,4451500.57%
201726,5951500.57%
201826,7451500.56%
201926,8951500.56%
202027,0471520.57%
202127,1971500.55%
202227,3471500.55%

Wasco Population by Year