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Welcome to Shafter ...

The city of Shafter is located in Kern County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Shafter has a population of 20,373 people<2> (see below for details).

While we don't have a date for the establishment of Shafter, you might get a feel for its founding by knowing that they incorporated January 20, 1938.

Shafter is 370 feet [113 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Shafter is within the boundaries of the (661) area code.

The ZIP code for Shafter: 93263<4>

Websites for Shafter ...

Official Website: www.shafter.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Shafter had an population of 20,373 people. This is an increase of 19.93% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 59.96% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Shafter had a population of 16,988 people. This makes Shafter the county's 6th most populous community.

The population of Shafter represents 0.05% of the population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 309th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 16,988 people, the population of Shafter increased 33.39% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 12,736 people).

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

Communities Also Named Shafter ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two California communities named Shafter: This one is located in Kern County and the other is located in Marin County.

Beyond California, there are 6 communities that are also named Shafter - they are located in Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada and Texas.

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

Communities near Shafter ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Shafter.

  • Bakersfield (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bakersfield
    • Bakersfield lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the southeast of Shafter and is located in Kern County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 385,725 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bakersfield
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bakersfield<6>
  • Delano (18 miles [29 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Delano
    • Delano lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the north of Shafter and is located in Kern County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 53,041 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Delano
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Delano<6>
  • Wasco (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wasco
    • Wasco lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the northwest of Shafter and is located in Kern County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 28,734 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wasco
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wasco<6>
  • McFarland (12 miles [19.3 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for McFarland
    • McFarland lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the north of Shafter and is located in Kern County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,482 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on McFarland
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for McFarland<6>
  • Cawelo (5 miles [8 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cawelo
    • Cawelo lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the east of Shafter and is located in Kern County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cawelo
  • Minter Village (5 miles [8 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Minter Village
    • Minter Village lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the east of Shafter and is located in Kern County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Minter Village have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Minter Village
  • Crome (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crome
    • Crome lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the southeast of Shafter and is located in Kern County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crome
  • Famoso (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Famoso
    • Famoso lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the northeast of Shafter and is located in Kern County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Famoso
  • Rosedale (10 miles [16.1 km] to the southeast) - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rosedale
    • Rosedale was located 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the southeast of Shafter and is located in Kern County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rosedale have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Buttonwillow (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southwest)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Shafter. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Shafter.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Shafter. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Shafter.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Shafter. Our list includes 4 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Shafter.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Shafter ...

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

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

Recent Changes to RoadsideThoughts ...

Mentions & References for Shafter

Communities in California

About Kern County

About California

The official website for Shafter: www.shafter.com/

The official website for Kern County: www.co.kern.ca.us/

The official website for State of California: https://www.ca.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Kern, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Shafter.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Shafter - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<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 Shafter). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Shafter or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Shafter) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Shafter. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ShafterOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shafter. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.5027, Longitude: -119.2766    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.




 

 

 

 

 


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