Between Death Valley and the Sierra Nevada mountain range lies the City of Ridgecrest. More than just an oasis in the desert, Ridgecrest is a vibrant and growing community. The citizens and the leaders of the city are dedicated to sustainable growth, quality of life and an open welcome to visitors and newcomers.

Ridgecrest, the raw numbers:

Population (estimated 2015) 27, 616
Non-Hispanic White 68.9%
Black 3.8%
American Indian 0.9%
Asian 4.3%
Islander 0.5%
Other 0.2%
Two or more races 3.7%
Hispanic 17.9%
Male 50.1%
Female 49.9%
Age Breakdown
<10 years 15.5%
10 – 19 14.7%
20 – 29 14.6%
30 – 39 12.2%
40 – 49 12.8%
50 – 59 12.6%
60 – 69 8.8%
>69 8.7%


City Parks & Facilities

Parade-of-1000-flags-2014Freedom Park is a 19.8 acre turf area with a gazebo for rent.

James M. Pearson Memorial Park is a 4.5 acre park with a playground, basketball court, grass, trees and picnic tables.

Kerr McGee Community Center is a fitness facility with a gymnasium, two racquetball courts, fitness room, aerobics room, showers, lockers, preschool, banquet room, meeting rooms and a kitchen.

Kerr McGee Youth Sports Complex is an 11.7 acres park with five baseball fields and a football field.

Ridgecrest Senior Center is the ideal location for the city’s seniors to gather for social events and meals.

Ridgecrest Skate Park was designed especially for boarders and rollerbladers who want a safe place to play and practice.

Sgt. John Pinney Memorial Pool is a community pool with a slide, diving boards and lots of cool water.

Upjohn Park is a 6 acre park with two playgrounds, a basketball court, lights and restrooms.


There are 8 elementary schools in and around Ridgecrest. Each one provides one of the state’s best educations for Ridgecrest’s smallest residents.

Two middle schools and two high schools usher Ridgecrest’s young people on to bright futures with a great education and an awesome secondary school experience.

Cerro Coso Community college provides a quality education in dozens of disciplines for Ridgecrest’s students who would prefer to stay near home. Of course, all of Ridgecrest’s students qualify for the University of California and California University systems.