The City of Ridgecrest, located in Kern County, California, has been at the heart of American industrial innovation since its inception. With China Lake Naval Weapons Station and several other military installations nearby, both past and present, Ridgecrest has always been an ideal location to live and build a business. Today, Ridgecrest boasts highly rated schools, clean air, abundant sunshine and a great community.
Surrounded on all sides by majestic mountains and located in the high desert, Ridgecrest boasts lots of sunshine and wind, making it one of the country’s natural energy centers. With mountains for climbing, deserts for hiking and plenty of outdoor vehicle trails, Ridgecrest is more than simply a great place to live; it is a sporting paradise!
Incorporated in 1963, Ridgecrest was the home, during World War II, of tens of thousands of sailors and their families. The Naval Ordnance Test Station (NOTS), now China Lake, was established in 1943. At that time the town was only 115 homes with 196 residents. Today, over 27,000 people call Ridgecrest home. Many prefer to take advantage of the clean air and spacious living found in Ridgecrest and commute to neighboring cities and military installations for work. Many others are part of the deep entrepreneurial spirit of Ridgecrest, a spirit that the City not only supports in word, but in action, providing over $2.5 million in incentives in the past 3 years. Of course, there are still thousands of sailors and civilians attached to China Lake, providing the community with great neighbors and an abundant, skilled workforce.
Ridgecrest is the home of the Big and Little Petroglyph Canyons, where the ancient artwork of the Coso People still decorates the desert stones today. The city’s top-rated schools, clean air and quality of life make Ridgecrest an ideal location for families and the companies they work for.