Population growth remains high in Kern County, bolstered by a young population, growing job opportunities, and affordable home prices. According to the California Economic Forecast report, Kern will continue to attract new residents over the forecast horizon and the growth of population will modestly accelerate.

Total Kern County Population:


Source: State of California, Department of Finance, 2018

Total Bakersfield Population:


Source: State of California, Department of Finance, 2018

Regional Demographic Comparisons

Compared to neighboring counties, Kern County leads the way for highest Per Capita Income, Gross Domestic Product, and Taxable Sales!

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Kern County Population Breakdown


Ethnicity Percentage of Population
Hispanic or Latina Origin 49.2%
White, not Hispanic 59.5%
Black 5.8%
Asian 4.2%
Two or more races 4.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.5%
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander persons 0.1%
Female 48.6%
Male 51.4%
0-17 30.3%
18-24 11.2%
25-34 14.5%
35-44 12.9%
45-54 12.9%
55-64 9.2%
52-74 5.2%
75+ 3.8%

Source: JobsEQ®, Census 2010, unless noted otherwise, Census 2015, annual average growth rate since 2005, Median values for certain aggregate regions (such as MSAs) may be estimated as the weighted averages of the median values from the composing counties, ACS 2011-2015, 5 2014; Current Population Survey,, and Chmura; county- and zip-level data are best estimates based upon industry-, MSA-, and state-level data, Disconnected Youth are 16-19 year olds who are (1) not in school, (2) not high school graduates, and (3) either unemployed or not in the labor force.