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Lost Hills, California
—  CDP  —
Location in Kern County and the state of California
Coordinates: 35°36′59″N 119°41′39″W / 35.61639°N 119.69417°W / 35.61639; -119.69417Coordinates: 35°36′59″N 119°41′39″W / 35.61639°N 119.69417°W / 35.61639; -119.69417
Country United States
State California
County Kern
 - N/A
 - Senate Dean Florez (D)
 - Assembly Nicole Parra (D)
 - U. S. Congress Jim Costa (D)
 - Total 5.6 sq mi (14.5 km2)
 - Land 5.6 sq mi (14.5 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation [1] 305 ft (93 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,938
 - Density 346.1/sq mi (133.7/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 93249
Area code(s) 661
FIPS code 06-44280
GNIS feature ID 1660956

Lost Hills (formerly, Lost Hill)[1] is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kern County, California, United States. Lost Hills is located 42 miles (68 km) west-northwest of Bakersfield,[2] at an elevation of 305 feet (93 m).[1] The population is 1,938 at the 2000 census. About 75% of the population is engaged in agricultural positions.

In Lost Hills, two-thirds of its workers carpool to work in pickup trucks or vans. Many residents work in the same field or orchard as their neighbors.

A rest stop by Interstate 5 including restaurants, gasoline stations, and motels is located about one mile (1.6 km) from the town.



Lost Hills exit from Interstate 5

Lost Hills is located at 35°36′59″N 119°41′39″W / 35.61639°N 119.69417°W / 35.61639; -119.69417.[1] It stands on the east bank of the California Aqueduct. Interstate 5 is located near, but not adjacent, to Lost Hills. The town is at the intersection of State Route 46 and Lost Hills Road. The enormous Lost Hills Oil Field, which is sixth largest by remaining reserves in California, is west and northwest of town, extending about ten miles (16 km) along the range of low hills for which the town was named.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Lost Hills has a total area of 5.6 square miles (14.6 km²), of which, 5.6 square miles (14.5 km²) of it is land and 0.18% is water.


The Lost Hills post office opened in 1911, closed in 1912, re-opened in 1913 (having transferred it from Cuttens, and moved in 1937.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,938 people, 346 households, and 320 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 345.3 people per square mile (133.4/km²). There were 367 housing units at an average density of 65.4/sq mi (25.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 18.63% White, 2.63% Black or African American, 1.55% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 71.83% from other races, and 5.31% from two or more races. 96.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 346 households out of which 70.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.0% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 7.5% were non-families. 3.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 0.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 5.60 and the average family size was 5.22.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 39.1% under the age of 18, 17.3% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 10.7% from 45 to 64, and 2.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females there were 139.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 161.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $31,875, and the median income for a family was $29,402. Males had a median income of $17,804 versus $12,885 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $8,317. About 26.4% of families and 30.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.5% of those under age 18 and 25.8% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b c d U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Lost Hills, California
  2. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 1066. ISBN 9781884995149.  
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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