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Ford City is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kern Countymarker, Californiamarker, United Statesmarker. Ford City is located north of Taftmarker, at an elevation of 892 feet (272 m). The population was 3,512 at the 2000 census. It is immediately north of Taftmarker, between the huge Midway-Sunset Oil Field to the southwest, and the almost exhausted Buena Vista Oil Field to the northeast. State Route 119 passes east of town from its junction with SR 33 to the south.


Ford City is located at .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²), all of it land.


Originally an oil boom town, the place was named after Ford Motor Company due to the abundance of Ford Model T cars there.


As of the census of 2000, there were 3,512 people, 1,241 households, and 882 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,318.8 people per square mile (898.0/km²). There were 1,444 housing units at an average density of 953.4/sq mi (369.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 80.50% White, 0.63% Black or African American, 1.82% Native American, 1.28% Asian, 0.63% Pacific Islander, 11.62% from other races, and 3.53% from two or more races. 21.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,241 households out of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 31.4% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 17.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $25,192, and the median income for a family was $30,256. Males had a median income of $34,474 versus $20,625 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $11,581. About 30.5% of families and 31.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.7% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.


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