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Welcome to Ridgecrest ...

The city of Ridgecrest is located in Kern County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Ridgecrest has a population of 28,880 people<1> (see below for details).

Ridgecrest was established in 1912 and was incorporated November 29, 1963.

The community of Ridgecrest is 2,280 feet [695 m] above sea level.<2> In other words, the altitude of Ridgecrest is about ½ mile above sea level.

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

Area codes for Ridgecrest: (760) and (442)<3>

The ZIP codes for Ridgecrest: 93555-93556<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Ridgecrest had a population of 27,616 people. This makes Ridgecrest the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Ridgecrest represents 0.07% of the total population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 248th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 27,616 people, the population of Ridgecrest increased 10.79% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 24,927 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Ridgecrest had an population of 28,880 people. This is an increase of 4.58% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 15.86% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Ridgecrest.

Communities near Ridgecrest ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if driven.<5>.

Community   DirectionDistance
Armistead   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
China Lake Acres   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
Inyokern   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
Johannesburg   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
Linnie - Historic   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
Pearsonville   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Ridgecrest.

Communities Also Named Ridgecrest ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 22 communities that are also named Ridgecrest - they are located in Alabama (2), Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana (2), Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina (2), Tennessee, Texas (5), Utah, Virginia (2) and Washington.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Ridgecrest.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Ridgecrest. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Ridgecrest. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Ridgecrest. Our list includes 4 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Ridgecrest:

Websites for Ridgecrest ...

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TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Ridgecrest ...

Looking for more information about Ridgecrest? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Ridgecrest, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Ridgecrest.

Search for Local Businesses ...

People have found Google's 'Search-by-Location' to be a useful tool when planning visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Ridgecrest. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

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Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Ridgecrest.

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<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Ridgecrest - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<3>Area code (442) is an overlay for area code (760).

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Ridgecrest). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Ridgecrest or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Ridgecrest includes: 93555 & 93556.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Ridgecrest. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ridgecrest) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Ridgecrest. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ridgecrest

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ridgecrest. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.6224, Longitude: -117.6700     [Map].

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<6>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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