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Tupman, California
—  CDP  —
Location in Kern County and the state of California
Coordinates: 35°17′53″N 119°21′04″W / 35.29806°N 119.35111°W / 35.29806; -119.35111Coordinates: 35°17′53″N 119°21′04″W / 35.29806°N 119.35111°W / 35.29806; -119.35111
Country United States
State California
County Kern
 - N/A
 - Senate Roy Ashburn (R)
 - Assembly Jean Fuller (R)
 - U. S. Congress Kevin McCarthy (R)
 - Total 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 - Land 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation [1] 331 ft (101 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 227
 - Density 454/sq mi (162.1/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 93276
Area code(s) 661
FIPS code 06-80784
GNIS feature ID 1661588

Tupman is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kern County, California, United States. Tupman is located 20 miles (32 km) west-southwest of Bakersfield,[2] at an elevation of 331 feet (101 m).[1] The population was 227 at the 2000 census.



Tupman is located at 35°17′53″N 119°21′04″W / 35.29806°N 119.35111°W / 35.29806; -119.35111.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²), all of it land.


In 1920, Standard Oil Company bought the land from H.V. Tupman and founded the town.[2] The first post office at Tupman opened in 1921.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 227 people, 66 households, and 53 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 426.0 people per square mile (165.4/km²). There were 75 housing units at an average density of 140.8/sq mi (54.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 92.95% White, 0.44% Black or African American, 0.88% Native American, 2.64% from other races, and 3.08% from two or more races. 6.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 66 households out of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 25.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.2% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.44 and the average family size was 3.76.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 37.9% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $27,500, and the median income for a family was $43,125. Males had a median income of $38,125 versus $28,750 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $8,482. About 12.5% of families and 20.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 42.9% of those sixty five or over.

Notable Current and Former Tupmanites

Trice Harvey, Former California State Assembly member. He graduated from Elk Hills School, June 1951 and then entered Taft High School in the fall. Active in sports, he played three sports (football, baseball, basketball) and continued his education at Taft Junior College. After receiving his AA he attended University of California-Berkeley in 1958, then graduated from Fresno State College.

Trice decided to enter politics, being elected to the Rosedale School Board in 1972, then successfully ran for the Kern County Board of Supervisors in 1976, defeating a 24 year incumbent. After a decade of serving the citizens of the West Side, Trice ran for State Assembly in 1986 and was elected. He served 5 terms and after 10 years of service, he was "termed out". Governor Pete Wilson then appointed Trice to Agricultural Labor Relations Board for a year; Governor Wilson then appointed Trice to the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board for a term of one year.

Trice continues to live in Bakersfield and is active in the Rosedale Highway Lions Club, Bakersfield Elks Lodge. He is an occasional radio commentator on the state of politics in California.

Photos of the area


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Tupman, 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. 1120. ISBN 9781884995149.  
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  


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