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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Ridgecrest is a town in California with a population of 28,604. Ridgecrest is in Kern County. Living in Ridgecrest offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Ridgecrest there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Ridgecrest and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Ridgecrest are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$166,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$859
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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Ridgecrest Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    426
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    66
    41
  • Robbery
    45
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    471
    500
  • Theft
    1,070
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    253
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$59,780
National
$55,322
Children
23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    38%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%
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I have lived in Ridgecrest for as long as I can remember. Ridgecrest gave me some of my best memories and best friends that I could ask for. This little town holds a special place in my heart as my grandparents practically built this town. My grandpa was a huge contributor to building up our Naval base which is pretty awesome. Growing up, I never saw a problem with Ridgecrest, I went to great schools, I made great friends and I was always close to my huge family. Now that I am older, the town has changed and has become a bit more dangerous than I remember it. The crime rates have sky rocketed, as I woman I no longer feel safe going places by myself. Ridgecrest will always be my home town and hold a special place in my heart, but I am very excited to move and experience a new place.
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I love my hometown as it has a very rich and unique culture. I love the outdoors and it is guaranteed warm and sunny in Ridgecrest year round. There are local and community treasures like farmer's markets, local fair's, arts and crafts events and safe family parks and a dog park! The community is very outdoorsy and most in the city go out on the weekends either off-roading, camping or hiking.
Due to the small population (~30000 people) the town has not much to offer. It sure has a lot of fast food chains but no real good restaurants. Also, it is short on activity opportunities for families, especially for small children. It just updated two playgrounds, which is nice, and they work on a splash pad next. No pool is available which is a pity because Ridgecrest is in the middle of the desert and it can get pretty hot in summers. The air seems to be bad sometimes, due to the sand. Otherwise, a regular small town with nice people.