Census 2010


Thursday April 1, 2010 was Census Day.  Census 2010 was much different from previous censuses as Congress mandated that only data required for the reapportionment of congressional districts be collected.  In-fact, the 2010 census form was the shortest since the first census in 1790. 

The 2010 Census questionnaire consisted of only ten questions, asking for the name, gender, age, birth date, race and ethnicity of each person in the household.  The remaining questions ask about housing tenure.  Every household in the United States and U.S. Territory was polled on Census Day.  


Census 2010 was a “Mail-out, Mail-back” operation.  Each housing unit was mailed a census form in mid to late March 2010.  Response rate in previous censuses has been about 65% by mail, so census enumerators were sent to non-responding households.  The goal is to count every person living in the country.

Census information is considered the gold standard for population counts and the information is used to not only apportion congressional districts but also allocate trillions of dollars based on population.  California, the most populated state in the nation, will get over 4.3 trillion dollars over the next ten years based on population along. 

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Census 2000

According to the 2000 Census, Kern County 's population is 661,645, an increase of 21.7 percent over 1990 Census data. The population of Kern County is 49.5 white (non-Hispanic), 38.4 percent Hispanic, 6 percent African-American, 3.4 percent Asian and 1.5 percent native American. Between 2005 and 2025, Kern County is expected to absorb double its existing population; grow by more than 160,000 new homes; and add 400,000 vehicles to its roadways.

Selected Demographics

NATIVITY AND LANGUAGE: Sixteen percent of the people living in Kern County in 2000 were foreign born. Eighty-four percent were native, including 72 percent who were born in California . Among people at least five years old living in Kern County in 2000, 33 percent spoke a language other than English at home. Of those speaking a language other than English at home, 86 percent spoke Spanish and 14 percent spoke some other language; 38 percent reported that they did not speak English "very well."

EDUCATION: In 2000, 69 percent of people 25 years and over had at least graduated from high school and 14 percent had a bachelor's degree or higher. Among people 16 to 19 years old, 15 percent were dropouts; they were not enrolled in school and had not graduated from high school.

INCOME: The median income of households in Kern County was $32,942. Eighty percent of the households received earnings and 17 percent received retirement income other than Social Security. Twenty-three percent of the households received Social Security. The average income from Social Security was $10,902. Some households received income from more than one source.

POVERTY AND PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS: In 2000, 21 percent of people were in poverty. Twenty-six percent of related children under 18 were below the poverty level, compared with 13 percent of people 65 years old and over. Eighteen percent of all families and 38 percent of families with a female householder and no husband present had incomes below the poverty level. Thirty-three percent of the households in Kern County received means-tested public assistance or non-cash benefits.

OCCUPIED HOUSING UNIT CHARACTERISTICS: In 2000, Kern County had a total of 232,000 housing units, 13.8 percent of which were vacant. Of the total housing units, 71 percent were in single-unit structures, 20 percent were in multi-unit structures, and 9 percent were mobile homes. Twenty-one percent of the housing units were built since 1990. Of the 199,000 occupied housing units - 122,000 (61 percent) owner occupied and 78,000 (39 percent) renter occupied.

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Estimates and Projections

Year 2000 population and housing summaries are from the 2000 Census of Population and Housing. Estimates and projections are derived from California Department of Finance official estimates and projections and Kern COG projections.

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