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Pine Mountain Club, California
—  Private community  —
Location in Southwest Kern County and the state of California
Coordinates: 34°50′49″N 119°09′24″W / 34.84694°N 119.15667°W / 34.84694; -119.15667Coordinates: 34°50′49″N 119°09′24″W / 34.84694°N 119.15667°W / 34.84694; -119.15667
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 17 sq mi (43.9 km2)
 - Land 17 sq mi (43.9 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 5,554 ft (1,693 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,600
 - Density 94.1/sq mi (36.4/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 93222
Area code(s) 661
FIPS code 06-57240
GNIS feature ID 1853405

Pine Mountain Club (often abbreviated as PMC) is a private community in Kern County, California, northwest of the San Fernando Valley and west of Gorman. It sits in a deep valley on the San Andreas fault, in the same area where the California condors range.

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Geography

Pine Mountain Club has an area of 17.0 square miles (43.9 km²). It ranges from 4,901 feet (1,494 m) to 6,400 feet (1,951 m) in elevation.

The town lies between Apache Saddle and Pinon Pines Estates along Mil Potrero Highway. It is surrounded by Los Padres National Forest.

Population

Source for this information was Census Bureau, American FactFinder.

The 2000 census found that almost all the 1,600 residents (91 percent) were white. There were only nine blacks. There were 146 Hispanics or Latinos of any race. Other residents included 19 American Indians or Alaska natives and 12 Asians.

Pine Mountain Club is a high-income area.

It was a relatively aged population, the median age being 45 years compared with 35 years for the nation as a whole.

PMC also had more veterans than its share — 263, or 21 percent, compared to 13 percent around the country.

In contrast with the country at large, where 64 percent of the people were working, Pine Mountain Club had just 56 percent employed. Those who were working had to travel about an hour to their jobs, compared to 25 minutes for most Americans.

It was a high-income area — $62,750 median family income, compared to $50,046 in the nation at large. In per capita income, it stood at $25,465 — just between Diamond Bar and Mira Monte among other towns in California.

Yet there were still 55 families (or 15 percent) below the poverty level in Pine Mountain Club in 2000. That is greater than the 12 percent for the country as a whole.

Pine Mountain Club is unusual in that almost two-thirds of its 1,737 housing units (61.5 percent) were vacant when the census[1] was taken in March 2000. They were, in fact, second homes, vacation retreats, or spaces held for rental to seasonal tourists — especially during the peak winter months.

Owners lived in about eight of every 10 occupied units (84 percent), renters in the other two (16 percent).

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

Community management

PMC golf course, with Mt. Pinos in the background

The PMC community is managed by the Pine Mountain Club Property Owners Association, Inc.[2] which is governed by a nine-member volunteer board of directors[1] and a group of documents: the Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&R's[2]), bylaws, the association rules, and an Environmental Control (EC) code[3]. The association maintains several recreational facilities[4], including a nine-hole golf course, pool, clubhouse, and stables. It manages the Pine Mountain Patrol [5], publishes a monthly newspaper, the Condor [6] and keeps up various trails used for hiking and cross-country skiing.

Education

Pine Mountain Club is part of the El Tejon Unified School District, and older students are transported by bus to Frazier Mountain High School. The community has its own charter school, Pine Mountain Learning Center, serving grades kindergarten through sixth. In 2007, its Academic Performance Index score of 865 was one of the highest in Kern County.[3] The private Mountain Community Christian School serves kindergarten through sixth-grade pupils.[7]

Transportation

Kern Regional Transit provides bus service Mondays through Saturdays during the summer to Frazier Park, Gorman, Lake of the Woods, Lebec, and Pinon Pines. It offers a dial-a-ride service all year. Connections can be made in Frazier Park or Lebec to a scheduled service to Grapevine and Bakersfield and further connection there to Greyhound and Amtrak.[4]

Communication

Wired telephone numbers in Pine Mountain Club follow the format (661) 242-xxxx. The ZIP Code is 93222, with that of the neighboring community (Frazier Park) being 93225.

Picture gallery

Pine Mountain Club is a private community that is managed by a property owners association.
Click the images to see larger versions of the photos.

See also

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

References

Newspapers

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