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Time Zone: Kern County lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Bakersfield is the Seat for Kern County.

Kern County was founded in 1866. Kern was created by taking area from Los Angeles and Counties.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Kern had a population of 807,407 people. This is an increase of 22.03% since the last Census (which gave a population of 661,645 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Kern represented 1.95% of the total population of California, making it the state's 14th most populous county (out of 58 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010839,631+26.9%+3.99% since 2009
2009807,407+22.03%+1.29% since 2008
2008797,145+20.48%+1.59% since 2007
2000661,645The Last Census

More information can be found on the Kern County Census Page for Kern County.


Below are some of the communities located in Kern County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Kern County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Bakersfield   324,463247,05731.33% increase  
Delano   52,80238,82436% increase  
Ridgecrest   25,89524,9273.88% increase  
Wasco   24,72421,26316.28% increase  
Shafter   15,91112,73624.93% increase  

Websites for Kern County

Official Website:   www.co.kern.ca.us/

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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