Kern County, CA

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2020 Population
892,458
0.543% 1-year growth
US Senator
Dianne Feinstein
Democratic Party
US Senator
Alex Padilla
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
31.9
0.949% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
20.4%
2.71% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$54,851
2.81% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$226,600
5.94% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
346,787
0.973% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Kern County, CA had a population of 892k people with a median age of 31.9 and a median household income of $54,851. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Kern County, CA grew from 887,641 to 892,458, a 0.543% increase and its median household income grew from $53,350 to $54,851, a 2.81% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Kern County, CA are White (Hispanic) (34.4%), White (Non-Hispanic) (33.2%), Other (Hispanic) (12.3%), Two+ (Hispanic) (6.06%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.08%).

None of the households in Kern County, CA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

87.6% of the residents in Kern County, CA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Kern County, CA are Bakersfield College (6,445 degrees awarded in 2020), California State University-Bakersfield (2,653 degrees), and Cerro Coso Community College (850 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Kern County, CA was $226,600, and the homeownership rate was 58.9%. Most people in Kern County, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Kern County, CA was 2 cars per household.

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Diversity

Kern County, CA is home to a population of 892k people, from which 87.6% are citizens. As of 2020, 19.8% of Kern County, CA residents were born outside of the country (176k people).

In 2020, there were 1.03 times more White (Hispanic) residents (307k people) in Kern County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 297k White (Non-Hispanic) and 110k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Kern County, CA
  1. White (Hispanic)
    307k ± 6.01k
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    297k ± 1.23k
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    110k ± 5.03k
53.9%
Hispanic Population
481k people

In 2020, there were 1.03 times more White (Hispanic) residents (307k people) in Kern County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 297k White (Non-Hispanic) and 110k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

53.9% of the people in Kern County, CA are hispanic (481k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Kern County, CA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

19.8%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
176k people
19.9%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
177k people

As of 2020, 19.8% of Kern County, CA residents (176k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Kern County, CA was 19.9%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

27
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.2
45
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 0.4

In 2020, the median age of all people in Kern County, CA was 31.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 27, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Kern County, CA are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Kern County, CA residents was 32.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    4,008,868 ± 46,586 people
  2. Philippines
    829,356 ± 22,122 people
  3. China
    683,718 ± 20,124 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 4,008,868 California residents, followed by Philippines with 829,356 and China with 683,718.

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Citizenship

87.6%
2020 Citizenship
87.2%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 87.6% of Kern County, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Kern County, CA was 87.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    11,404 ± 670
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    8,622 ± 833
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    4,854 ± 585

Kern County, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.32 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in California, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in California (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in California. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in California.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of California across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Kern County, CA is $54,851. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Kern County, CA was Census Tract 38.10 with a value of $128,500, followed by Census Tract 28.11 and Census Tract 38.06, with respective values of $126,652 and $120,879.

Males in California have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $64,427. The income inequality in California (measured using the Gini index) is 0.498, which is higher than than the national average.

The economy of Kern County, CA employs 347k people. The largest industries in Kern County, CA are Health Care & Social Assistance (40,702 people), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (40,334 people), and Retail Trade (36,250 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($76,240), Public Administration ($70,372), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($65,283).

Wages

Median Household Income

$54,851
2020 value
± $1,087
2.81%
1 Year Growth
± 2.54%

Households in Kern County, CA have a median annual income of $54,851, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $53,350 in 2019, which represents a 2.81% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$81,373
Average Male Salary in California
± $777
$64,427
Average Female Salary in California
± $650

In 2020, full-time male employees in California made 1.26 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in California by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in California
  1. Asian
    $76,893 ± $1,222
  2. White
    $68,605 ± $653
  3. Two or More Races
    $54,009 ± $1,392

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of California workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.12 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in California.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Kern County, CA is from California.
0.498
2020 Wage GINI in California
0.499
2019 Wage GINI in California

In 2020, the income inequality in California was 0.498 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.321% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in California across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 38.10
  2. Census Tract 28.11
  3. Census Tract 38.06

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Kern County, CA was Census Tract 38.10 with a value of $128,500, followed by Census Tract 28.11 and Census Tract 38.06, with respective values of $126,652 and $120,879.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Kern County, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

20.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Kern County, CA (176k out of 861k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    113,318 ± 2,987
  2. Hispanic
    110,106 ± 2,968
  3. Other
    25,370 ± 1,586

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Kern County, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

347k
2020 Value
± 5,437
0.973%
1 Year growth
± 2.12%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Kern County, CA grew at a rate of 0.973%, from 343k employees to 347k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Kern County, CA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (36,017 people), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (30,911 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (30,359 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Kern County, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Kern County, CA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (36,017 people), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (30,911 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (30,359 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Kern County, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (13.9 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.75 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.39 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Kern County, CA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($89,852), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($86,005), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($82,549).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

347k
2020 Value
± 5,437
0.973%
1 Year growth
± 2.12%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Kern County, CA grew at a rate of 0.973%, from 343k employees to 347k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Kern County, CA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (40,702 people), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (40,334 people), and Retail Trade (36,250 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Kern County, CA, though some of these residents may live in Kern County, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Kern County, CA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (40,702 people), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (40,334 people), and Retail Trade (36,250 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Kern County, CA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (9.48 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (6.32 times), and Public Administration (1.45 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Kern County, CA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($76,240), Public Administration ($70,372), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($65,283).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $407B
  2. $158B
  3. $149B

In 2020, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $407B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($158B) and Mixed freight ($149B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound California products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$2.26T
2020 Value in California
$4.61T
Projected 2050 Value in California
104% growth

In 2020, total outbound California trade was $2.26T. This is expected to increase 104% to $4.61T by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound California trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $83.5B
  2. $44.4B
  3. $43.3B

In 2020, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $83.5B, followed by Arizona with $44.4B and Ohio and $43.3B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that California shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Kern County, CA went to Donald J. Trump with 53.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (43.7%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.29%). The most partisan county was San Francisco County, CA with 85.3% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla are the senators currently representing the state of California. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

California is currently represented by 53 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Kern County, CA
53.9% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in California
  1. 85.3% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  2. 82.3% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  3. 80.2% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in California was San Francisco County, CA with 85.3% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in California colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from California

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Dianne Feinstein
Senator from California1
Assumed office on November 10, 1992
Elected to the seat to succeed John Seymour (California politician)|John Seymour, who had been appointed to the seat after Pete Wilson was elected Governor of California.
Alex Padilla
Senator from California3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Kamala Harris, who had become Vice President of the United States.

Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla are the senators currently representing California.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in California over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from California

California is currently represented by 53 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for California have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2020, universities in Kern County, CA awarded 11,731 degrees. The student population of Kern County, CA is skewed towards women, with 18,565 male students and 28,788 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Kern County, CA are Hispanic or Latino (6,828 and 59%), followed by White (2,429 and 21%), Unknown (814 and 7.03%), and Asian (526 and 4.54%).

The largest universities in Kern County, CA by number of degrees awarded are Bakersfield College (6,445 and 54.9%), California State University-Bakersfield (2,653 and 22.6%), and Cerro Coso Community College (850 and 7.25%).

The most popular majors in Kern County, CA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (3,871 and 33%), General Business Administration & Management (670 and 5.71%), and General Psychology (604 and 5.15%).

The median tuition cost in Kern County, CA for a public four year colleges is $3,561 for in-state students and $13,746 for out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 370 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 294 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 2,086 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Kern County, CA was General Psychology with 370 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Kern County, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 6,445 degrees awarded
  2. 2,653 degrees awarded
  3. 850 degrees awarded
$3,561
Median In-State Public

In 2020, the Kern County, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Bakersfield College with 6,445 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

4,324
Degrees Awarded to Men
7,407
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 4,324 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Kern County, CA, which is 0.584 times less than the 7,407 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Kern County, CA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    6,828 degrees awarded
  2. White
    2,429 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    814 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Kern County, CA was Hispanic or Latino students. These 6,828 degrees mean that there were 2.81 times more degrees awarded to Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 2,429 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Kern County, CA was $226,600 in 2020, which is 0.986 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $213,900 to $226,600, a 5.94% increase. The homeownership rate in Kern County, CA is 58.9%, which is lower than the national average of 64.4%. People in Kern County, CA have an average commute time of 23.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Kern County, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$226,600
2020 Median
± $2,501
$213,900
2019 Median
± $2,364

In 2020, the median property value in Kern County, CA grew to to $226,600 from the previous year's value of $213,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Kern County, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Kern County, CA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$54,851
Median Household Income
± $1,087
274k
Number of Households
± 4,537

In 2020, the median household income of the 274k households in Kern County, CA grew to $54,851 from the previous year's value of $53,350.

The following chart displays the households in Kern County, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Kern County, CA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Kern County, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

58.9%
2020 Homeownership
58.3%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 58.9% of the housing units in Kern County, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 58.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Kern County, CA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

23.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Kern County, CA have a shorter commute time (23.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 3% of the workforce in Kern County, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (80.1%)
  2. Carpooled (12.2%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.52%)

In 2020, 80.1% of workers in Kern County, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (12.2%) and those who worked at home (4.52%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Kern County, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Kern County, CA have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

92.3% of the population of Kern County, CA has health coverage, with 38.3% on employee plans, 35.7% on Medicaid, 7.42% on Medicare, 9.4% on non-group plans, and 1.4% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in California was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in Kern County, CA see 2043 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.09% increase from the previous year (2021 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1948 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 494 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Amador County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17%). Additionally, Colusa County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,043 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Kern County, CA

Primary care physicians in Kern County, CA see an average of 2,043 patients per year. This represents a 1.09% increase from the previous year (2,021 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Kern County, CA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,549
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in California
$4,735
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$5,368
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$11,833
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in California (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.04%, from $7,256 to $7,549.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.73%
Uninsured
38.3%
Employer Coverage
35.7%
Medicaid
7.42%
Medicare
9.4%
Non-Group
1.4%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Kern County, CA declined by 2.63% from 7.94% to 7.73%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Kern County, CA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 17% prevalence
  2. 16.9% prevalence
  3. 15.5% prevalence

Amador County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in California, at 17%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in California by county over multiple years.

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