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Colleges In Kern County

A little larger than the state of Connecticut Kern County is located in the southern Central Valley of California. In the year, 1866 Kern County was put on the map. The county includes the areas of India Wells Valley and Antelope Valley.

Bakersfield is the county seat of the county. Kern also has a large population. It tops the scales at almost 780,000. That could be because of its nice location just east of the Sierra Nevada and its southern slope into the Mojave Desert. Kern County holds the spot as the third largest county in the contiguous US.

Kern County is a large producer of agricultural and other items. The county is also responsible for oil, natural gas, hydroelectric power, and wine turbine power. Geothermal power is also a part of that list. In the year 2004, Kern was at the top of the list for producing oil in California. Its oil fields are even on top of the list with three of the five largest ones located in the county.

Oil is not the only thing that keeps Kern up and running. The county also is a large producer in borate, gold, and kernite. There is an open mine pit in Kern County that mines borax and it is the largest of its kind.

Areas of interest worth visiting include the Edwards Air Force Base, China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station, and the Mojave Spaceport. Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge and the Sequoia National Forest are also good places to take the whole family. Recreational activity is quite popular in Kern County. There is horseback riding, water skiing, Bakersfield Speedway, snow skiing, shooting ranges, hiking, biking and camping.

The cities in Kern County are quite popular. The county seat, Bakersfield, has a population of 300,000. Delano tops the charts at 50,000 and there are several that are over ten thousand. Those include Ridgecrest, Wasco, and Arvin. The county also has census designated places (CDP's) and towns that barely topple population rates with just over 1,000 people.

Kern County is one that has quite a few immigrants from Mexico, Central America and others in its population count. 200,000 Mexican Americans call Kern County home. Filipino Americans, American Indians, Chinese, Germans, and many other ethnicities are also a part of Kern County making it a very diverse place to live and visit.

Kern County is a place that votes for the Republican Party. A Democrat has not won since 1964. There are 5 members that make up a board of supervisors. In 200 Proposition 8 came into California and Kern County voted an amazing 75.5 percent to stop the ban on gay marriage.

Kern County is a working man and woman's spot. The county prides itself on agriculture and production of the fuels that start cars and keep homes warm all across the US. In addition, the beauty that Kern offers is great for activities, indoors and outdoors and in times when the weather is sunny and when the leaves have changed colors on the trees.

Colleges in Kern County, CA
College Name Campus Location Student Count
Bakersfield College Bakersfield17,405
California College Of Vocational Careers Bakersfield32
California State University-Bakersfield Bakersfield7,700
Cerro Coso Community College Ridgecrest4,577
Lyles Bakersfield College Of Beauty Bakersfield206
Maric College-Bakersfield Bakersfield567
San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersfield Bakersfield602
Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield482
Taft College Taft9,328
University Of Phoenix-Central Valley Campus Bakersfield2,000

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