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Encyclopedia > Ridgecrest, California

Ridgecrest, (formerly an area known as Crumville) was incorporated as a city in 1963 and is located in the Indian Wells Valley in northeastern Kern County, California adjacent to the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. It is the only incorporated city in Kern County along US 395. The population was 24,927 at the 2000 census. Kern County is a county located in the southern Central Valley of the U.S. state of California. ... NASA satellite photo showing the main runways at NAWS China Lake The Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake (NAWS China Lake) is an airborne weapons testing and training range operated by the United States Navy and its contractors. ... U.S. Highway 395 shield in California U.S. Route 395 is a scenic highway that starts in the Mojave Desert at Interstate 15 near Hesperia, runs along the east side of the Sierra Nevada in the Owens Valley, winds through Carson City, Reno, back into California, crosses through the...

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Geography

Ridgecrest is located at 35°37′15″N, 117°40′33″W (35.620932, -117.675749)GR1. Image File history File links CAMap-doton-Ridgecrest. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 55.6 km² (21.5 mi²). 54.7 km² (21.1 mi²) of it is land and 0.9 km² (0.3 mi²) of it (1.54%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 24,927 people, 9,826 households, and 6,691 families residing in the city. The population density was 455.5/km² (1,179.9/mi²). There were 11,309 housing units at an average density of 206.6/km² (535.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.02% White, 3.53% Black or African American, 1.08% Native American, 3.88% Asian, 0.58% Pacific Islander, 4.93% from other races, and 3.98% from two or more races. 12.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ...


There were 9,826 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.2% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.06. This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 29.1% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.9 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $44,971, and the median income for a family was $52,725. Males had a median income of $46,993 versus $29,558 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,312. About 10.2% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.5% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Education

Local schools are Las Flores Elementary, Faller Elementary, Richmond Elementary, Gateway Elementary, and Pierce Elementary. Saint Ann Elementary and Middle School, Immanuel Christian School, Ridgecrest Charter School, Monroe Jr. High, and Murray Jr. High serve middle-schoolers, although Immanuel serves the entire K-12 grade levels. Burroughs High School is the primary high school, which serves Ridgecrest, China Lake NAWC, Inyokern, Buttermilk Acres, Red Mountain, and Randsburg. Mesquite High School is an alternative high school. Opportunities For Learning is an independent study charter school serving students in grades 7-12


Notable residents

  • Mark Hoppus, bassist for blink-182 and +44, was born in Ridgecrest and attended Burroughs High School.
  • Francis Maikai Sr., actor in movies such as Pearl Harbor, Austin Powers: Goldmember, and Madonna's music video for James Bond 007.
  • David Rogerson, winner of the 2007 Emerging Filmmaker award for his film Pray for Me at the X-Dance Action Sports Film Festival and Speedlab Wheels skate technology entrepreneur was born in Ridgecrest.
  • Rebekka Armstrong, HIV/AIDS awareness activist, competitive bodybuilder, and playboy playmate (September 1986) attended Burroughs High School.

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DRIS Site: Indian Wells Valley (1666 words)
Ridgecrest is host to the famed federal research and development laboratory at China Lake, which has caused our community to grow in response to the need and trends of this globally respected facility.
Ridgecrest, incorporated in 1963, is located in the northeast corner of Kern County in the Northern Mojave Desert.
Ridgecrest is located in the southern portion of the Indian Wells Valley, surrounded by four mountain ranges; the Sierra Nevada on the west, the Cosos on the north, the Argus Range on the east, and the El Paso Mountains on the south.
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