Ridgecrest, CA

Population: 28,604

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  • Ridgecrest has a Livability Score of 66/100, which is considered average
  • Ridgecrest crime rates are 33% lower than the California average
  • Cost of living in Ridgecrest is 22% lower than the California average
  • Ridgecrest real estate prices are 59% lower than the California average
  • Rental prices in Ridgecrest are 34% lower than the California average

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      Top Rated Schools in Ridgecrest

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Burroughs High9 - 121,39756%
      Las Flores ElementaryKG - 553849%
      Murray Middle School6 - 860348%
      Pierce ElementaryKG - 533747%
      Richmond ElementaryKG - 546440%
      Gateway ElementaryKG - 539240%
      Ridgecrest CharterKG - 842333%
      Faller ElementaryKG - 545233%
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      Attractions3/10
      Community7/10
      Nightlife3/10
      Dining3/10
      Shopping3/10
      I was totally blown away when I saw a picture posted on the internet December 19 2019 of employees at location 101 N. China Lake Blvd. Ridgecrest California 93555 giving basically thumbs up. I could not believe this being posted, as employee Susan Tunget was one of the employees featured in the picture. It is well known around Ridgecrest that this employee has been convicted on two counts of Welfare Fraud to Obtain Aid. This information can be found on The Kern County Superior Court website. If she had no problem committing fraud, are we to believe that she will not also steal from customers?
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      Ridgecrest Is Quiet, Comfortable, And Calm

      Attractions5/10
      Community7/10
      Nightlife7/10
      Dining7/10
      Shopping6/10
      When I was in the Navy, I was pigeon-holed (stuck in a specific role or typecast) to remote duty. In my situation, I became a guy who was destined for small bases, out of the way bases.

      These were places where neither the hardcore war fighters, bleeding-edge technicians, nor even most of the rank-and-file service-members wanted to go.

      Why? Because it's usually boring. In some cases like Misawa, Japan, it's beautiful and just hard to get anything decent shipped. In certain parts of Eastern Europe, it was just boring and depressing.

      Living in Ridgecrest, CA, was like Misawa, but with great American conveniences. The place is a treasure and people don't even know it.

      While Ridgecrest is a bit far from the coast-- about 2 1/2 hours from Los Angeles and about 4 hours from Cambria--it's surrounded by charm. The mountains are nearby, a few surrounding towns deliver a lot of interesting flavor. A great comic book store, quite a few unique shops, and great traffic.

      The best areas in Ridgecrest, CA are the China Lake area, Red Rock Canyon State Park, and Searles Lake. If you need an affordable place that is peaceful, but with access to the LA area without having to take a flight, Ridgecrest is it.
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      Source: The Ridgecrest, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).