115 South Robinson Street

Tehachapi, CA 93561

Greg Garrett City Manager 661/822-2200,ext.105
Michelle Vance Economic Dev. Coordinator 661/822-2200,ext.121

Live Up!

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?

Tehachapi Visitor

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

Current Population 36,883
2015 Population City Only 13,028
Median Age 39.6
Population By Origin Not Hispanic or Latino 76.87%
Population By Origin Hispanic 23.13%
Average Household Income $80,151
Mediain Housing $252,296
Education 25,607
Workforce 13,406

Source: Nielsen Inc.

Elected Officials

Mayor Susan Wiggins
Mayor Pro Tem Kim Nixon
Councilmembers Ed Grimes, Philip Smith, Dennis Washlstrom