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Kern County, CA&

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0.3% growth
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2.8% decline
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1.95% decline
Median Property Value
3.6% growth

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The economy of Kern County, CA employs 337,906 people. The economy of Kern County, CA is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction; and Utilities, which employ respectively 14; 10.62; and 1.62 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Kern County, CA are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting (40,241), Retail trade (39,364), and Healthcare & Social Assistance (39,055), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($71,061), Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($59,011), and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($43,389).

Median household income in Kern County, CA is $49,903. Males in Kern County, CA have an average income that is 1.28 times higher than the average income of females, which is $56,697. The income inequality of Kern County, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.507 which is higher than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Kern County, CA. In Kern County, CA the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 49 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $9,708. Monterey County, CA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in California.


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Kern County, CA is home to a population of 884,788 people, from which 86.9% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Kern County, CA is composed of 467,575 Hispanic residents (52.8%), 306,536 White residents (34.6%), 43,845 Black residents (4.96%), 39,938 Asian residents (4.51%), and 20,220 Two+ residents (2.29%). The most common foreign languages in Kern County, CA are Spanish (306,093 speakers), Tagalog (8,738 speakers), and Other Indic (7,215 speakers), but compared to other places, Kern County, CA has a relative high number of Other Indic (7,215 speakers), Spanish (306,093 speakers), and Other Pacific Island (2,952 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Kern County, CA awarded 6,136 degrees. The student population of Kern County, CA is skewed towards females, with 1,889 male students and 4,247 female students. Most students in Kern County, CA are Hispanic or Latino (3,268 and 53.3%), followed by White (1,771 and 28.9%), Asian (277 and 4.51%), and Black or African American (276 and 4.5%). The largest universities in Kern County, CA by number of graduates are Bakersfield College (1,963 and 32%), California State University-Bakersfield (1,911 and 31.1%), and UEI College-Bakersfield (565 and 9.2%). The most popular majors in Kern County, CA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (280 and 4.56%), Humanistic Studies (138 and 2.25%), and Registered Nursing (134 and 2.18%). The median tuition costs in Kern County, CA are N/A for private four year colleges, and $1,288 and $7,196 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Kern County, CA is $204,200, which is 1 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $197,100 to $204,200, a 3.6% increase. The homeownership rate of Kern County, CA is 57%, which is lower than the national average of 63.1%. People in Kern County, CA have an average commute time of 21.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Kern County, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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