California City, incorporated in 1965, is a city located in the Mojave Desert’s Fremont Valley of northern Antelope Valley, in Kern County, north of nearby Mojave, in the U.S. state of California. The population was 8,385 at the 2000 census. Estimated population in July 2006 is 12,659.
California City has one landowners’ resort, one PGA golf course, Much of the workforce of Edwards Air Force Base, which is located just to the south of the city, is made up of city residents. Other major sources of employment include Silver Saddle, Mojave Airport and its boneyard plane salvaging operations, the Honda Proving Center to the north, the new Hyundai/Kia Proving Grounds located to its southwest, and nearby cities such as Tehachapi, Ridgecrest, Boron,Palmdale, and Lancaster.
Temperatures range from about 33 °F (1 °C) to about 118 °F (48 °C).
According to the census of 2000, there were 8,385 people, 3,067 households, and 2,257 families residing in the city. As of 2006 the city’s population grew 8.9% from 12,106 to 13,219. California City outpaced rivals Palmdale and Lancaster, making the city the 12th fastest growing city in California. This also made California City the fastest growing city in the Antelope Valley.