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The 2000 Census showed that Kern County had a population of 661,645 people. This represented 1.95% of the total population of California, making it the state's 14th most populous county (out of 58 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 2000 Census.

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
2007784,687+18.6%+2.14% since 2006
2006768,209+16.11%+2.8% since 2005
2005747,315+12.95%+2.93% since 2004
2004726,029+9.73%+2.7% since 2003
2003706,963+6.85%+2.58% since 2002
2002689,204+4.17%+2.25% since 2001
2001674,028+1.87%+1.87% since 2000
2000661,645The Last Census

Kern County had 231,564 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Kern County has a total area<3> of 8,161 square miles [21,137 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (20.46 square miles [53 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Kern County had a population density of 81.3 people per square mile [31.38 people/km²], making it the state's 32nd most densely populated county (out of 58 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Kern County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Kern and the state of California.

Click here for the Kern County QuickFact (QF-06029).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Kern County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
California CityQF-060978014,7188,38575.53%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Kern County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
InyoQF-06027   NE17,29317,945-3.63%
KingsQF-06031   NW148,764129,46114.91%
Los AngelesQF-06037   S9,848,0119,519,3383.45%
MontereyQF-06053   NW410,370401,7622.14%
San BernardinoQF-06071   SE2,017,6731,709,43418.03%
San Luis ObispoQF-06079   W266,971246,6818.23%
Santa BarbaraQF-06083   SW407,057399,3471.93%
TulareQF-06107   NW429,668368,02116.75%
VenturaQF-06111   S802,983753,1976.61%

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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>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Kern. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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