Oildale, California

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Oildale (formerly, Waits[1] and North Side[2]) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kern County, California, United States. Oildale is located 3.5 miles (5.6 km) north-northwest of downtown Bakersfield,[2] at an elevation of 469 feet (143 m).[1] The population was 27,885 at the 2000 census. It is an unincorporated suburban town just north of Bakersfield across the Kern River, west of the Kern River Oilfield, and east of Highway 99.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.4 square miles (16.6 km2), all of it land.

Oildale is adjacent to three large oil fields, including two of the largest in California. The enormous Kern River Oil Field to the east and northeast has more active oil wells (9,183 at the end of 2006) than any other field in California except for the Midway-Sunset Oil Field in southwestern Kern County (which has 11,145). Also adjacent is the huge Kern Front Oil Field, north of town, and the smaller Fruitvale Oil Field, to the southwest.[3]


Oildale was founded in 1909 when Samuel Dickinson subdivided his land.[2] The first post office opened at Oildale in 1916.[2]


According to the census[4] of 2000, there were 27,885 people, 10,983 households, and 7,084 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 4,332.3 people per square mile (1,671.8/km²). There were 11,952 housing units at an average density of 1,856.9/sq mi (716.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.99% White, 0.34% Black or African American, 2.19% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 4.79% from other races, and 3.29% from two or more races. 10.14% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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