Randsburg Opera House
Location in Kern County and the state of California
|• Senate||Roy Ashburn (R)|
|• Assembly||Jean Fuller (R)|
|• U. S. Congress||Kevin McCarthy (R)|
|• Total||1.945 sq mi (5.037 km2)|
|• Land||1.906 sq mi (4.936 km2)|
|• Water||0.039 sq mi (0.101 km2) 2%|
|Elevation||3,504 ft (1,068 m)|
|• Density||35/sq mi (14/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||1661284|
Randsburg (formerly, Rand Camp) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kern County, California, United States. Randsburg is located 17 miles (27 km) south of Ridgecrest, at an elevation of 3504 feet (1068 m). The population was 69 at the 2010 census, down from 77 at the 2000 census.
Randsburg is located at  It is on the west side of U.S. Route 395 between Kramer Junction to the south and Ridgecrest to the north. Randsburg is in the Rand Mountains, and is separated by a ridge from the neighboring community of Johannesburg..
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.945 square miles (5.038 km2), over 99% of it land.
Gold was discovered at Rand Mine near the site in 1895 and a mining camp quickly formed, and was named Rand Camp, both mine and camp were named after the gold mining region in South Africa. The first post office at Randsburg opened in 1896.
The town has an influx of tourism throughout the year, mainly from fall through spring. Travelers stop in while driving Highway 395, or camping in the area and off roading. During Thanksgiving, as well as New Year's Day weekend, the town is flooded by tourists. Many come on motorcycles and other off-road vehicles that line the streets. The center for most tourists is the general store / ice cream parlor. Famous for their 1904 soda fountain and "Black Bart" banana split desert, the general store is still active and filled with great food, many other necessities of life, and antiques from the area. There are a number of antique stores, art galleries, gift shops, and a historic mining museum of the area. The town's old jail is open to tourists, too. The Randsburg General Store is open every day except Wednesday. The museum and all other businesses, including the town's two watering holes, are open on the weekends.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Randsburg had a population of 69. The population density was 35.5 people per square mile (13.7/km²). The racial makeup of Randsburg was 62 (89%) White, 0 African American, 4 (6%) Native American, 2 (3%) Asian, 0 Pacific Islander, 0 from other races, and 1 (1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2 persons (3%).
The Census reported that 69 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 were institutionalized.
There were 42 households, out of which 1 (2%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 13 (31%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 4 (10%) had a female householder with no husband present, 0 had a male householder with no wife present. There were 5 (12%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 3 (7%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 17 households (41%) were made up of individuals and 6 (14%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.6. There were 17 families (41% of all households); the average family size was 2.1.
The population was spread out with 2 people (3%) under the age of 18, 2 people (3%) aged 18 to 24, 5 people (7%) aged 25 to 44, 37 people (54%) aged 45 to 64, and 23 people (33%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 59.1 years. For every 100 females there were 68.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 67.5 males.
There were 97 housing units at an average density of 49.9 per square mile (19.3/km²), of which 39 (93%) were owner-occupied, and 3 (7%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2%; the rental vacancy rate was 50%. 64 people (93% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 5 people (7%) lived in rental housing units.
As of the census of 2000, there were 77 people, 49 households, and 22 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 39.1 people per square mile (15.1/km²). There were 109 housing units at an average density of 55.4 per square mile (21.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 86% White, 5% Native American, 4% from other races, and 5% from two or more races. 5% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 49 households out of which 4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43% were married couples living together, and 53% were non-families. 49% of all households were made up of individuals and 25% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.6 and the average family size was 2.1.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 4% under the age of 18, 3% from 18 to 24, 16% from 25 to 44, 48% from 45 to 64, and 30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 57 years. For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $48,000, and the median income for a family was $49,875. Males had a median income of $53,750 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $23,602. None of the population and none of the families were below the poverty line.
Film and video
- U.S. Census
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Randsburg, California
- Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 1094. ISBN 9781884995149.
- All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Randsburg photo gallery at Western Mining History
- Randsburg: The Mojave Desert's Liveliest Ghost Town by Cynthia Nunn