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Statistics & Facts

The California state capital is Sacramento.
The population of Tehachapi is approximately 10,957 (2000), 14414 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 3121 (2010).
The amount of land area in Tehachapi is 15.208 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Tehachapi is 9.6 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.018 sq kilometers.
The distance from Tehachapi to Washington DC is 2364 miles.
The distance to the California state capital is 288 miles. (as the crow flies)
Tehachapi is positioned 35.13 degrees north of the equator and 118.44 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Tehachapi elevation is 3,973 feet above sea level.
Tehachapi median income is $ 29,208 (2000).
The Tehachapi median home price is $ 90,000 (2000) .


in south-central California about 42 miles from Bakersfield and 37 miles to Lancaster between the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert. Other nearby communities include Golden Hills Keene, Stallion Springs, Bear Valley Springs, Mojave, Rosamond, Arvin and Bodfish.
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moderate. Here is a weather page for Tehachapi.
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History & History Related Items

The first permanent white settlers were John Moore and Amanda Brite who came to the Valley in the Fall of 1854 from Texas and three years later moved to Brite-Valley which bears their name. Others came into the area and began raising cattle, hay and grain and lumbering. Some gold was found in the limestone of the area and kilns were then built to burn the lime.

In the 1860's a community known as Williamsburg began, but the name was later changed to Techichipa. Several miles east of Tehichipa another community, Greenwich, was started by P.D. Greene. In 1876, the Southern Pacific created a town along their tracks about a mile east of Greenwich named Summit Station. They didn't want to favor any existing towns of the area. Not long after, Summit Station became known as Tehachapi to the locals and was also named as such on the railroad's timetable charts. After a time, both Greenwich and "old" Tehichipa disappeared.

Tehachapi was near the epicenter of a magnitude 7.5 (Richter scale) earthquake on the little known White Wolf fault on July 21, 1952. Unreinforced brick buildings were the major building destruction in Tehachapi at that time.
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The incorporation of Tehachapi



Tehachapi Loop
The Tehachapi Loop is one of the great engineering feats of the nineteenth century. Viewing area is located on Tehachapi-Woodford Road approximately 8 miles west of Tehachapi.

Visitor Information page for Tehachapi.
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Tehachapi City Government

City of Tehachapi
115 South Robinson St.
Tehachapi, CA 93561
Phone: 661-822-2200

Tehachapi Chamber

Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce
209 E. Tehachapi Blvd.
Tehachapi, California
Phone: (661) 822-4180

Tehachapi Organizations

Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce
209 E. Tehachapi Blvd.
Tehachapi, California
Phone: (661) 822-4180

Tehachapi Libraries

Kern County Library
450 West F Street
Tehachapi, CA
Phone: (661) 822-4938 Tehachapi


The population of Tehachapi was:
1980 - 9,688
2000 - 10,957
2006 - 30,000 (estimate)

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