Lebec, California

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Lebec is an unincorporated area and census-designated place (CDP) in Kern County, California. It is one of the Mountain Communities of the Tejon Pass, and the home of the Tejon Ranch Company. Lebec is 40 miles (64 km) south of Bakersfield[1]. The population was 1,224 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, Lebec has an area of 15.6 square miles (40.5 km²). The community, which is in the Tejon Pass, lies at an elevation of 3,481 feet (1,061 m).[2]


The first post office opened in 1895, having been transferred from Tejon.[2] Lebec is named in honor of Peter Lebeck or Lebecque, who was killed by a bear nearby in 1837, and is memorialized in an epitaph at Old Fort Tejon, found carved on an old oak tree.[2] The carving has since been covered by bark.[citation needed]


In the 2000 census, 79 percent of the 1,224 residents were Caucasian (1,019 people). There were only three African Americans. There were 256 Hispanics or Latinos of any race (20 percent of all residents). Other residents included 16 American Indians or Alaska natives and four Asians.[3]

The median age for Lebec residents was 36 years — almost the same as the 35 years for the nation as a whole.

Lebec also had slightly more veterans than its share — 169, or 19 percent, compared to 13 percent around the country.

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