About This Place
California City, incorporated in 1965, is a city in the Mojave Desert's Fremont Valley of northern Antelope Valley, in Kern County, north of nearby Mojave, California. The population was 14,120 at the 2010 census, up from 8,385 at the 2000 census.
California City has one landowners' resort, one PGA golf course, one prison (the California City Correctional Center, operated by the Corrections Corporation of America), and one municipal airport. 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 California City Prison, 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.