Welcome to California City!
California City was incorporated in 1965 in the northern Antelope Valley in Kern County, California. The population was 14,120 at the 2010 census. The city is the third largest city in the state by area. California City is located in a portion of the Mojave Desert that was nomatically occupied by Paiute Indians.
About California City
California City had its origins in 1958 when a group of real estate developers purchased vast amounts of land with the aim of master-planning California’s next great city. They designed a thoughtful model city, which he hoped would one day rival Los Angeles in size, around a Central Park with a 26-acre artificial lake.
Satellite photos show how it stakes its claim to being California’s 3rd largest geographic city, 34th largest in the US. California City was incorporated on December 10,1965. The city totals 130,200 acres, with more than 51,000 privately owned Lots. It’s absolutely gigantic in size!
In spite of the areas of California City that have not developed, California City has grown from 3,200 people in 1985 to over 14,000 in 2009. Cerro Coso Community College closed escrow on 22 acres (89,000 m2) in the heart of California City for a Community College to serve Edwards AFB, California City, Mojave, Boron, North Edwards and the entire high desert in the Antelope Valley. The first post office opened in 1960.
California City Already Has…
- Grocery Store
- Community College
- Schools for all Ages
- Post Office
- Police, Medical, & Fire Department
- 20+ Churches
- Restaurants and Bars
- Auto & Tire Repair
- Community Parks, activities & Pool
- Golf Courses & Golf Stores
- Markets & Shopping
- Medical and Dental Clinics
- Gas Stations
- Boat Launch Facilities and Marina
- RV Parks & Campgrounds
- Fashion & Beauty Shops
- Fast Food
- County Library
- City Airport
- Even a Chamber of Commerce!
California City, CA is located in Kern County in Southern California; Almost 80 businesses listed for California City! Some of California City’s nearby cities include North Edwards, Mojave, Edwards, Rosamond and Boron.
The town may still fill up yet. California City is the 12th fastest growing city in California! Ridgecrest lies to the north, the Tehachapi Mountains to the west, Palmdale and Lancaster to the south. California City is located a short 120 miles from Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean; only 180 miles to Nevada’s stateline. From California City you are never more than a two-hour drive from the mountains, beaches, cultural centers and museums, and all the attractions that make Southern California one of the world’s most popular destinations. Any way you look at it, Cal City offers something for everyone. The California City limits run east to Highway 395, Highway 58 to the south and Highway 14 to the west. California City is the third largest city in California encompassing 204 square miles or 130,200 acres at an elevation of approximately 2,400 feet (average) and the eleventh largest city in the nation in area. The climate is dry and mild in all four seasons, which is typical for the California high desert. Low humidity and lots of sunshine provides a pleasant, year-round climate which allows everyone to enjoy the outdoors. Come and see why we think California City is a great place to live, work, play and raise our families.
Recreation in the Area
The Desert Tortoise Natural Area (DTNA) in 1976 is a special place, a traditional home for a species now threatened with extinction. The DTNA is managed to protect this unique habitat in its natural state, free from conflict with other land uses. The total area encompasses over 25,000 acres of public land. In and around California city, you will find many species including coyote, hare, roadrunner, squirrel, and avian species of dove, quail, and turkey vultures.
For those outdoors enthusiasts who enjoy nature, there are over thousands of campsites located in around California city. Some campsites offer all the amenities (water, showers, restrooms, paved parking, full hook-ups, electric and sewer), but the majority of campsites are for those who don’t mind “roughing it”, more primitive with limited amenities.
The areas around California City are perfect for your off-roading needs! Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California with Five-hundred miles of dirt roads, perfect for off-roading and motorcycle riding.
There are four golf courses in and around California City, CA. One of the best-kept secrets of the high desert is Tierra Del Sol Golf Course. The course is also a registered bird sanctuary through the state of California and it is not uncommon to see some very interesting looking birds throughout your journey around the course. Do not forget to stop by the gift shop on your home.