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Lebec, California
—  Unincorporated area  —
Location in Kern County and the state of California
Coordinates: 34°50′30″N 118°51′53″W / 34.84167°N 118.86472°W / 34.84167; -118.86472Coordinates: 34°50′30″N 118°51′53″W / 34.84167°N 118.86472°W / 34.84167; -118.86472
Country United States
State California
County Kern
Government
 - N/A
 - Senate Roy Ashburn (R)
 - Assembly Jean Fuller (R)
 - U. S. Congress Kevin McCarthy (R)
Area
 - Total 15.6 sq mi (40.5 km2)
 - Land 15.6 sq mi (40.5 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation [1] 3,481 ft (1,061 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,285
 - Density 82.4/sq mi (31.7/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 93243
Area code(s) 661
FIPS code 06-40956
GNIS feature ID 0272011

Lebec is an unincorporated area in Kern County, California. It is one of the Mountain Communities of the Tejon Pass, and the home of the Tejon Ranch Company. Lebec is 40 miles (64 km) south of Bakersfield[1] The population was 1,224 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, Lebec has an area of 15.6 square miles (40.5 km²). The community, which is in the Tejon Pass, lies at an elevation of 3,481 feet (1,061 m).[2]

History

The first post office opened in 1895, having been transferred from Tejon.[2] Lebec is named in honor of Peter Lebeck or Lebecque, who was killed by a bear nearby in 1837, and is memorialized in an epitaph at Old Fort Tejon, found carved on an old oak tree.[2] The carving has since been covered by bark.

Population

Source for this information was Census Bureau, American FactFinder.

In the 2000 census, 79 percent of the 1,224 residents were Caucasian (1,019 people). There were only three African Americans. There were 256 Hispanics or Latinos of any race (20 percent of all residents). Other residents included 16 American Indians or Alaska natives and four Asians.

The median age for Lebec residents was 36 years — almost the same as the 35 years for the nation as a whole.

One of the distinctive houses in a Lebec neighborhood.

Lebec also had slightly more veterans than its share — 169, or 19 percent, compared to 13 percent around the country.

Fifty-nine percent of Lebec adults were employed. On average, they traveled 27 minutes to get to their jobs, about the same as most Americans.

Lebec households had a lower median income than the nation as a whole — $46,857, compared to $50,046. Family income was $40,972.

There were just 100 people (or 8 percent) below the poverty level in Lebec in 2000 — significantly less than the nation as a whole, which was 12 percent in 2000. When calculated by families, though, the poverty rate in Lebec was only 1.4 percent.

Of the 516 housing units, 319 were occupied by owners and 127 by renters — about the same 7-3 ratio as the rest of the country. Sixty housing units (12 percent) were vacant.

2000 figures Lebec California United States
Median age 36.1 33.3 35.3
White 79.3% 59.5% 75.1%
African-American 0.2% 6.7% 12.3%
Hispanic/Latino 19.9% 32.4% 12.5%
Family income $40,972 $53,025 $50,046
Poverty families 1.4% 10.6% 9.2%
Med. home value $163,600 $211,500 $119,600
High school diploma 72.1% 76.8% 80.4%
College degree 11.8% 28.6% 24.4%

To compare these census figures with the other Mountain Communities of the Tejon Pass, click here.

Transportation

Kern Regional Transit provides bus service Mondays through Saturdays during the summer months to Frazier Park, Gorman, Lake of the Woods, Pinon Pines, and Pine Mountain Club. It offers a dial-a-ride service all year. There is also a scheduled service to Bakersfield and connection there to Greyhound and Amtrak.[3]

See also

The Mountain Enterprise newspaper, which circulates in Lebec and the surrounding area.

References

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Lebec, California
  2. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 1060. ISBN 9781884995149.  
  3. ^ Kern Regional Transit bus routes.

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