21000 Hacienda Boulevard
California City, CA 93505

Tom Weil City Manager 760/373-7170
Economic Development Department 760/373-2007
Welcome to California City

Welcoming, Expansive and Affordable

California City, was built by visionaries who saw the full potential of this high desert oasis, long before others could imagine the possibilities. Early developers envisioned a master planned community surrounding an expansive central park with lake, golf courses and civic center. This thriving central core of the state’s third largest city in land area stands as testament to the grand entrepreneurial spirit which created our region.

East Kern County offers amazing opportunities, with room to grow and a positive approach to business.

Tom Weil, City Manager

Today, California City is home to some 14,000 residents, many of whom work in nearby aerospace  installations at Edwards Air Force Base, the Mojave Air and Space Port and the city’s own municipal airport, where multimillion dollar corporate Gulfstreams are refurbished by Norm Hill Aviation.

Hyundai/Kia uses California City’s expansive land availability to create a state-of-the-art test track and proving grounds. The company recently invested nearly $2 million to create new capabilities there.

Utilizing the unique natural resources of the region, Seventh Standard Milling, a leading supplier of sodium bentonite, an absorbent materials common in kitty litter, has found success in California City by combining this clay base with crushed walnut shells to create a premium product that is distributed nationwide.

The State of California leases a 2,500 bed correctional facility in California City, which employs 800 local workers.

OHV Wanted PosterThe clear skies,fresh air and boundless open space surrounding California City make it a popular destination for off-road enthusiasts. The City’s 26 acre Central Park is popular with youth groups throughout the region. The peaceful surroundings of Scout Island, just steps away from urban conveniences, offers fishing, picnicking and a 2,200 square foot lodge where many Boy and Girl Scout activities take place.

Demographics & Statistics

Current Population 14,694
Median Age 34.4
Population By Origin Not Hispanic or Latino 64.40%
Population By Origin Hispanic 35.60%
Average Household Income $62,125
Mediain Housing $90,600
Education 9,375
Workforce 4,625

Source: Nielsen Inc.

Elected Officials

Mayor Jennifer Wood
Mayor Pro Tem Chuck McGuire
Councilmembers Bill Smith, James Gray, Rick Warren
City Treasurer Keith Middleton
Regional Population Growth

Did you know?

Median Income in the City is up $3,000 year-over-year, thanks to new local job opportunities.

Off-road recreation is big in California City. Thousands flock here to enjoy miles of nearby OHV trails.

Best Western recently opened a new 74-room hotel here welcoming both business and leisure-time guests.

Dollar General’s store in California City is among the chains most profitable.

AutoZone found Cal City to be a great choice. Automotive DIYers flock to their store.