|Greg Garrett||City Manager||661/822-2200,ext.105|
|Michelle Vance||Economic Dev. Coordinator||661/822-2200,ext.121|
Steeped in an Agrarian tradition and brought to life when the Southern Pacific Railroad linked Los Angeles to San Francisco through the Tehachapi Pass with the assistance of the famed Tehachapi Loop, today this picturesque mountain community of 13,028 (within city limits, 36,883 greater area) combines 21st century technology and 19th century charm.
Coming to Tehachapi is such an Uplifting Experience. Why would you want to go anywhere else?
The area is home to one of the world’s largest wind-turbine complexes with some 5,000 state-of-the-art turbines generating a cumulative 800 million kwh of power each year. Not surprisingly, green energy companies are big here, employing over 400 people.
Agriculture continues to be an important economic driver. The area is famous for its apple orchards and thanks to innovative hydroponic hothouses created by Canada’s SunSelect Produce, it soon will be producing bumper crops of high-value produce including red, orange and yellow peppers.
Abundant natural resources are also a big contributor to growth. Lehigh Hanson, part of the global Heidelberg Cement Group operates a large Cal-Portland cement facility here.
With its historic downtown, miles of scenic byways and endless recreational opportunities, tourism also plays a key role in the local economy. An active visitor bureau sponsors a wide variety of activities throughout the year including the annual Mountain Festival and Rodeo held each August, the Gran Fondo bicycle experience in September and October’s Apple Fest.
The area is home to over 45 restaurants plus great lodging and several unique attractions. The Indian Point Ostrich Ranch and Adorable Alpacas attract thousands annually.
A new community hospital is scheduled to open in 2015 and is expected to contribute some $87 million to the local economy.
In addition to the niche market downtown retail experience, a variety of major retailers have found favor in Tehachapi including Home Depot, Tractor Supply, Big 5 Sporting Goods and a proposed Walmart Supercenter. Paired with a robust small business community, visitors and residents alike enjoy a first class shopping experience.
Located at an elevation of 4,000 feet in the Tehachapi Mountains, the refreshing lifestyle of Tehachapi has made it the jewel of Kern County and a prime location for new and expanding businesses. With easy access to larger markets, major transportation hubs and expanding industry, Tehachapi is a great place to elevate your business.
Greater Tehachapi Area Demographics & Statistics
|2015 Population City Only||13,028|
|Population By Origin Not Hispanic or Latino||76.87%|
|Population By Origin Hispanic||23.13%|
|Average Household Income||$80,151|
Source: Nielsen Inc.
|Mayor Pro Tem||Kim Nixon|
|Councilmembers||Ed Grimes, Philip Smith, Dennis Washlstrom|