Ford City, California

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Ford City
census-designated place
Location in Kern County and the state of California
Location in Kern County and the state of California
Coordinates: 35°09′16″N 119°27′22″W / 35.15444°N 119.45611°W / 35.15444; -119.45611Coordinates: 35°09′16″N 119°27′22″W / 35.15444°N 119.45611°W / 35.15444; -119.45611
Country  United States
State  California
County Kern
Government
 • Senate Roy Ashburn (R)
 • Assembly Jean Fuller (R)
 • U. S. Congress Kevin McCarthy (R)
Area[1]
 • Total 1.535 sq mi (3.975 km2)
 • Land 1.535 sq mi (3.975 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation [2] 892 ft (272 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,278
 • Density 2,800/sq mi (1,100/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 93268
Area code(s) 661
FIPS code 06-24764
GNIS feature ID 1660645

Ford City is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kern County, California, United States. Ford City is located 1 mile (2 km) north of Taft,[3] at an elevation of 892 feet (272 m).[2] The population was 4,278 at the 2010 census, up from 3,512 at the 2000 census. It is immediately north of Taft, between the huge Midway-Sunset Oil Field to the southwest, and the almost exhausted Buena Vista Oil Field to the northeast. State Route 119 passes east of town from its junction with SR 33 to the south.

Geography[edit]

Ford City is located at 35°09′16″N 119°27′22″W / 35.15444°N 119.45611°W / 35.15444; -119.45611.[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), all of it land.

History[edit]

Originally an oil boom town, the place was named after Ford Motor Company due to the abundance of Ford Model T cars there.[3]

Demographics[edit]

2010[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[4] reported that Ford City had a population of 4,278. The population density was 2,787.6 people per square mile (1,076.3/km²). The racial makeup of Ford City was 2,735 (63.9%) White, 28 (0.7%) African American, 153 (3.6%) Native American, 36 (0.8%) Asian, 32 (0.7%) Pacific Islander, 1,113 (26.0%) from other races, and 181 (4.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1,971 persons (46.1%).

The Census reported that 4,278 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 1,260 households, out of which 596 (47.3%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 607 (48.2%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 189 (15.0%) had a female householder with no husband present, 148 (11.7%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 138 (11.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 4 (0.3%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 242 households (19.2%) were made up of individuals and 94 (7.5%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.40. There were 944 families (74.9% of all households); the average family size was 3.76.

The population was spread out with 1,351 people (31.6%) under the age of 18, 622 people (14.5%) aged 18 to 24, 1,182 people (27.6%) aged 25 to 44, 772 people (18.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 351 people (8.2%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27.4 years. For every 100 females there were 110.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.0 males.

There were 1,426 housing units at an average density of 929.2 per square mile (358.8/km²), of which 620 (49.2%) were owner-occupied, and 640 (50.8%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.3%. 1,843 people (43.1% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 2,435 people (56.9%) lived in rental housing units.

2000[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 3,512 people, 1,241 households, and 882 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,318.8 people per square mile (898.0/km²). There were 1,444 housing units at an average density of 953.4 per square mile (369.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 80.50% White, 0.63% Black or African American, 1.82% Native American, 1.28% Asian, 0.63% Pacific Islander, 11.62% from other races, and 3.53% from two or more races. 21.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,241 households out of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 31.4% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 17.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $25,192, and the median income for a family was $30,256. Males had a median income of $34,474 versus $20,625 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $11,581. About 30.5% of families and 31.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.7% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Ford City, California
  3. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1036. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Ford City CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.