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City of Wasco
—  City  —
Location in Kern County and the state of California
Coordinates: 35°35′39″N 119°20′27″W / 35.59417°N 119.34083°W / 35.59417; -119.34083Coordinates: 35°35′39″N 119°20′27″W / 35.59417°N 119.34083°W / 35.59417; -119.34083
Country United States
State California
County Kern
Government
 - Morachy
 - Senate Dean Florez (D)
 - Assembly Danny Gilmore (R)
 - U. S. Congress Jim Costa (D)
Area
 - Total 7.6 sq mi (19.7 km2)
 - Land 7.6 sq mi (19.7 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation [1] 328 ft (100 m)
Population (2009)
 - Total 24,840
 Density 2,797.8/sq mi (1,079.3/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 93280
Area code(s) 661
FIPS code 06-83542
GNIS feature ID 1661652

Wasco (formerly, Dewey and Deweyville)[2] is a city in Kern County, California, United States. Wasco is located 24 miles (39 km) northwest of Bakersfield,[2] at an elevation of 328 feet (100 m).[1] The population was 21,263 at the 2000 census.

Contents

Demographics

[3]

  • Hispanic (66.7%)
  • Other race (50.5%)
  • White Non-Hispanic (21.6%)
  • Black (10.3%)
  • Two or more races (2.8%)
  • American Indian (1.4%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

People in group quarters

[4]

  • 7,975 people in state prison
  • 1,226 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 10 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 8 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.6 square miles (19.7 km²), all of it land. Wasco is located on the floor of the San Joaquin Valley, at the intersection of California State Routes 43, which runs north-south, and 46, which runs east-west.

Demographics

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 21,263 people, 3,971 households, and 3,403 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,795.7 people per square mile (1,078.8/km²). There were 4,256 housing units at an average density of 559.6/sq mi (215.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 34.64% White, 10.27% Black or African American, 1.02% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 50.46% from other races, and 2.78% from two or more races. 66.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,971 households out of which 55.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 16.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.3% were non-families. 11.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.79 and the average family size was 4.07.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 13.9% from 18 to 24, 39.4% from 25 to 44, 13.8% from 45 to 64, and 5.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 183.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 230.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,997, and the median income for a family was $30,506. Males had a median income of $48,105 versus $18,697 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,228. About 24.3% of families and 27.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.3% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.

History

The name Dewey was in honor of Admiral George Dewey, a hero of the Spanish-American War.[2] The Deweyville post office opened in 1899, and changed its name to Wasco in 1900.[2]

The origin of the name Wasco is subject of two different theories: (1) That it was coined from Western American Sugar Company; and (2) that a resident from Wasco County, Oregon named it for that.[2]

Wasco is the site of the Fourth Home Extension Colony, founded in 1907 by the American Home Extension Association.[2]

Economy

One of Wasco's major economic activities is its agriculture, specifically the growing of roses. 55% of all roses grown in the United States are grown in or around Wasco.[1]

In addition to agriculture, oil and gas extraction is a significant part of the local economy. The large Semitropic Oil Field is along State Route 46 about 7 miles west of town. Formerly a gas field, the region now mainly produces oil. Vintage Production, an arm of Occidental Petroleum, is the primary operator as of 2010.

Public Safety

The Kern County Sheriff's and Fire Departments now provides law enforcement and fire protection services to the City of Wasco. The Wasco State Prison is located approximately 1-mile (1.6 km) west of the city limits.

Notable location

Wasco in Media

The classic film "North by Northwest", Directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant, includes a scene where Grant's character flees a menacing airplane. This scene was filmed near Wasco.

The beginning of the film "Son in Law" is filmed during the graduation of Rebecca Warner played by Carla Gugino.

Radio Stations

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AM radio

  • KERN (1180 AM; 50 kW; WASCO-GREENACRES, CA; Owner: AGM, INC.)
  • KCHJ (1010 AM; 5 kW; DELANO, CA; Owner: ILLINOIS LOTUS CORP.)
  • KNZR (1560 AM; 25 kW; BAKERSFIELD, CA; Owner: BUCKLEY BROADCASTING CORP. OF CALIF.)
  • KMJ (580 AM; 50 kW; FRESNO, CA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KWRU (940 AM; 50 kW; FRESNO, CA)
  • KGDP (660 AM; 50 kW; ORCUTT, CA; Owner: RADIO REPRESENTATIVES, INC.)
  • KUZZ (550 AM; 5 kW; BAKERSFIELD, CA; Owner: OWENS ONE COMPANY)
  • KGET (970 AM; 5 kW; BAKERSFIELD, CA; Owner: CLEVELAND RADIO LICENSES, LLC)
  • KIRN (670 AM; 35 kW; SIMI VALLEY, CA; Owner: LOTUS OXNARD CORP.)
  • KSPN (710 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: KABC-AM RADIO, INC.)
  • KAFY (1100 AM; 4 kW; BAKERSFIELD, CA; Owner: KAFY, INC.)
  • KLAC (570 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KMAP (1050 AM; 10 kW; FRAZIER PARK, CA; Owner: KMAP, INC.)

FM radio

  • KIWI (102.9 FM; MCFARLAND, CA; Owner: ILLINOIS LOTUS CORP.)
  • K266AH (101.1 FM; BENA, CA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KTQX (90.1 FM; BAKERSFIELD, CA; Owner: RADIO BILINGUE, INC.)
  • KGZO (90.9 FM; SHAFTER, CA; Owner: THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY EDUCATION, INC.)
  • K293AG (106.5 FM; TAFT, CA; Owner: CENTRO CRISTIANO DE FE, INC.)
  • KZPO (103.3 FM; LINDSAY, CA; Owner: LINDSAY BROADCASTING)
  • KSMJ (97.7 FM; SHAFTER, CA; Owner: BUCKLEY BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF CALIFORNIA)
  • KKBB (99.3 FM; BAKERSFIELD, CA; Owner: BUCKLEY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KMQA (100.5 FM; EAST PORTERVILLE, CA; Owner: MOON BROADCASTING PORTERVILLE L.L.C.)
  • KMYX-FM (92.5 FM; ARVIN, CA; Owner: FARMWORKER EDUC. RADIO NETWORK, INC.)
  • KDUV (88.9 FM; VISALIA, CA; Owner: COMMUNITY EDUCATIONAL B/CASTNG, INC.)
  • KJUG-FM (106.7 FM; TULARE, CA; Owner: WESTCOAST BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K220EY (91.9 FM; PORTERVILLE, CA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KUFW (90.5 FM; WOODLAKE, CA; Owner: NATIONAL FARM WORKERS SERVICE CENTER)
  • KDFO-FM (98.5 FM; DELANO, CA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KKDJ (105.3 FM; DELANO, CA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KRFR (104.3 FM; SHAFTER, CA; Owner: AMERICAN GENERAL MEDIA OF TEXAS, INC)
  • KAXL (88.3 FM; GREENACRES, CA; Owner: SKYRIDE UNLIMITED, INCORPORATED)
  • KFRB (91.3 FM; BAKERSFIELD, CA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KUZZ-FM (107.9 FM; BAKERSFIELD, CA; Owner: OWENS ONE COMPANY, INC)

References

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Wasco, California
  2. ^ a b c d e f Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  3. ^ "City-data - Wasco - California". analyzed data from numerous sources. http://www.city-data.com/city/Wasco-California.html. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  4. ^ "City-data - People in group quarters / Wasco - California". analyzed data from numerous sources. http://www.city-data.com/city/Wasco-California.html. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "City-data - Wasco - Radio Stations". analyzed data from numerous sources. http://www.city-data.com/city/Wasco-California.html. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 

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