Wasco, California

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Wasco (formerly, Dewey and Deweyville)[2] is a city in the San Joaquin Valley, in Kern County, California, United States. Wasco is located 24 miles (39 km) northwest of Bakersfield,[2] at an elevation of 328 feet (100 m).[1] The population was 21,263 at the 2000 census.




  • Hispanic (66.7%)
  • Other race (50.5%)
  • White Non-Hispanic (21.6%)
  • Black (10.3%)
  • Two or more races (21.89%)
  • American Indian (1.4%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

People in group quarters


  • 7,975 people in state prison
  • 1,226 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 10 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 8 people in other noninstitutional group quarters


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.6 square miles (19.7 km²), all of it land. Wasco is located on the floor of the San Joaquin Valley, at the intersection of California State Routes 43, which runs north-south, and 46, which runs east-west.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 21,263 people, 3,971 households, and 3,403 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,795.7 people per square mile (1,078.8/km²). There were 4,256 housing units at an average density of 559.6/sq mi (215.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 34.64% White, 10.27% Black or African American, 1.02% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 50.46% from other races, and 2.78% from two or more races. 66.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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