Kern County

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Kern County, California

1115 Truxtun Ave 5th Fl
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: (661) 868-3198
Fax: (661) 868-3190

In SW CA, N of Los Angeles; organized Apr 2, 1866 from Los Angeles and Tulare counties. Name Origin: For the Kern River, which was named in 1845 by explorer John C. Fremont (1813-90) for Edward M. Kern, the topographer and artist for the expedition

Area (sq mi):: 8161.42 (land 8140.96; water 20.46) Population per square mile: 93.00
Population 2005: 756,825 State rank: 12 Population change: 2000-20005 14.40%; 1990-2000 21.70% Population 2000: 661,645 (White 49.50%; Black or African American 6.00%; Hispanic or Latino 38.40%; Asian 3.40%; Other 28.90%). Foreign born: 16.90%. Median age: 30.60
Income 2000: per capita $15,760; median household $35,446; Population below poverty level: 20.80% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $20,928-$22,947
Unemployment (2004): 9.80% Unemployment change (from 2000): -0.70% Median travel time to work: 23.20 minutes Working outside county of residence: 6.40%
Cities with population over 10,000:
  • Bakersfield County seat (283,936)
  • Delano (43,988)
  • Ridgecrest (25,854)
  • Wasco (23,240)
  • Arvin (14,404)
  • Shafter (14,155)
  • Tehachapi (11,653)
  • California City (11,422)
  • McFarland (10,074)

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    In a "what if" study prepared by the Kern County Administrative Office in 2004, a city of Rosamond could expect revenues totaling roughly $3.
    The Water Impact Network says this latest lawsuit is meant to protect Kern County farmers and the Santa Clarita Valley watershed, which the organization argues will be damaged if the newly acquired water is used to support urban sprawl.
    Los Angeles filed suit last summer after Kern County voters approved a measure to prevent the city from trucking processed human waste to Green Acres Farm.
    I will work hard to ensure that government is accountable to the people,'' said McCarthy, who had been an aide to Thomas before his election in 2002 to represent a district that includes the southern San Joaquin Valley and other parts of Kern County.
    While the water is technically supposed to come from Kern River, the Kern County entities could also substitute water from the State Water Project aqueduct or from ground sources where the two Kern County agencies store water.
    Simpson was convicted Friday by a Kern County Superior Court jury in Bakersfield after it deliberated for three hours.
    LAKE LOS ANGELES -- A Rosamond man and his mother have been arrested in connection with the death of a 5-year-old Rosamond boy who Kern County authorities say was fatally beaten.