Kern County, California Population 2021

Kern County, California's estimated population is 913,090 with a growth rate of 0.71% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Kern County, California is the 12th largest county in California. The 2010 Population was 840,996 and has seen a growth of 8.57% since this time.

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021913,0906,4440.71%
2020906,6466,4440.72%
2019900,2026,4440.72%
2018893,7586,4020.72%
2017887,3566,5000.74%
2016880,8564,8250.55%
2015876,0316,8550.79%
2014869,1767,1760.83%
2013862,0008,3940.98%
2012853,6065,6360.66%
2011847,9706,9740.83%
2010840,996297,51954.74%
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%
2021 Growth Rate
0.71%
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County Seat
2010 Population
840,996
Growth Since 2010
8.57%
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Kern County, California Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White660,14774.37%
Some Other Race95,16510.72%
Black or African American48,5505.47%
Asian42,1004.74%
Two or More Races31,0323.50%
American Indian and Alaska Native8,9691.01%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1,6780.19%
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Kern County, California Population by Race

Kern County, California Population Pyramid $2021

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Kern County, California Median Age

31.6


Total

31.1


Male

32.2


Female

Kern County, California Adults

There are 629,552 adults, (94,712 of whom are seniors) in Kern County, California.

Kern County, California Age Dependency

66

Age Dependency Ratio

17.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

48.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Kern County, California Sex Ratio

Female

432,798

48.76%

Male

454,843

51.24%

Kern County, California Population by Age

Kern County, California Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Kern County, California Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married70.2%29.8%
All58.3%41.7%
Male52.2%47.8%
Non Family49.7%50.3%
Female37.5%62.5%

58.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Kern County, California Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All270,2823.1758.3
Married137,2053.8170.2
Non Family69,8561.2949.7
Female43,7243.9737.5
Male19,4973.6652.2

3.69

Average Family Size

3.17

Average Household Size

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Kern County, California Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade72,34513.45%
9th to 12th Grade66,97112.45%
High School Graduate149,49327.80%
Some College119,98722.31%
Associates Degree40,9097.61%
Bachelors Degree58,96810.96%
Graduate Degree29,1265.42%
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Kern County, California Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Kern County, California Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic247,954143,50718,353
White220,616197,64852,061
Other Race53,08032,0764,388
Asian29,13823,40710,848
Black28,48923,5904,400
2+ Races14,20511,8542,659
Native American5,0753,783344
Islander962871189

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 90.54%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 37.23%.

Kern County, California Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,876$39,989$26,272
Less Than 9th Grade$21,727$26,169$15,907
High School Graduate$30,312$37,723$22,102
Some College$37,109$47,986$29,627
Bachelors Degree$61,227$74,586$49,284
Graduate Degree$82,063$95,705$73,926

$32,876

Average Earnings

$39,989

Average Male

$26,272

Average Female

Kern County, California Earnings by Educational Attainment

Kern County, California Language by Age

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Kern County, California Language

55.78% of Kern County, California residents speak only English, while 44.22% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 39.13% of the population.

Kern County, California Language

Kern County, California Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic458,131114,06524.90%
White296,02042,00414.19%
Other93,36421,28222.79%
Black42,96815,08635.11%
Multiple28,9866,02320.78%
Asian41,2675,79714.05%
Native8,6132,19325.46%
Islander1,53854935.70%

21.00%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.93%

Male Poverty Rate

23.06%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Kern County, California

The race most likely to be in poverty in Kern County, California is Islander, with 35.70% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Kern County, California is Asian, with 14.05% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.21%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.62%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.48%.

Kern County, California Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade27.81%
High School18.28%
Some College13.38%
Bachelors or Greater4.50%

Kern County, California Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed37.31%
Male Unemployed29.65%
Female Employed11.91%
Male Employed8.32%

Kern County, California Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Kern County, California Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$53,350$73,478
Families$59,464$79,786
Married Families$73,544$95,060
Non Families$32,055$48,597
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Income by Household Type

Kern County, California Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

46.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.5%

Male Marriage Rate

46.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Kern County, California Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Kern County, California Marital Status

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35,594

Number of Veterans

32,607

Male Veterans

2,987

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam12,045
Second Gulf War7,878
First Gulf War7,478
Korea2,923
World War II1,001

Kern County, California Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 548,534
65 to 748,467
75+7,604
55 to 646,781
18 to 344,208

Kern County, California Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White28,7646.11%
Hispanic7,1392.34%
Black2,4276.99%
Other Race1,7632.72%
2+ Races1,4798.40%
Asian5431.67%
Native American5158.68%
Islander1039.90%

Kern County, California Veterans by Race

Kern County, California Veterans by Education

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9.27%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.19%

Veteran Disability Rate

Kern County, California Veterans by Education

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58.3%

Labor Force Participation

52.3%

Employment Rate

9.8%

Unemployment Rate

Kern County, California Employment by Age

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Kern County, California Employment by Race

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Kern County, California 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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66.70%

Born in Kern County, California

80.07%

Native Born

19.93%

Foreign Born

12.85%

Non Citizen

7.08%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

80.07% of Kern County, California residents were born in the United States, with 66.70% having been born in California. 12.85% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Kern County, California Place of Birth

  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

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