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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  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 28,736. Ridgecrest is in Kern County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Ridgecrest offers residents a sparse 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 highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$172,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$856
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%
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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
    426.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    106.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    51.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    423.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,087.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    209.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in Ridgecrest

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$65,077
National
$55,322

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Ridgecrest Reviews

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I moved to Ridgecrest the summer before senior year from San Diego California. I wasn't looking forward to it at first because Ridgecrest appeared to be the total opposite of San Diego. However, I soon learnt that Ridgecrest has every single good quality you would imagine a small town to have. It is a close-knit community that cares for eachother. The recent earthquakes truly tested the towns resilience and really highlighted the people here. The only thing I would change about Ridgecrest is the efficiency of buildings, roads, and other facilities being fixed or built. Roads for example, take much longer than necessary to fix and often cause an inconvenience.
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Small Town community, the town comes together in times of need. Since the Earthquakes last year and now the pandemic this year, this town always comes together in unity to help each other out. The school system helps find ways to keep the kids in school and protects are children. All the essential employees are noticed for their hard work and are accomodated for.
small town and far from major cities. The city has very little to do and also not a lot of amenities. The biggest store we have is a Walmart, the locals are also not very friendly and don't really accept outsiders. If this town did not have the military installation it would be a ghost town. other than the base there is no other source of employment apart from small local shops. Food options are minimal and aside from McDonalds there aren't any good chain restaurants. The local restaurants are bad and don't seem to update their menus at all.