About Wasco, California
Wasco is a city located in Kern County, California, approximately 24 miles northwest of Bakersfield. The city is known as the “Rose Capital of the Nation” due to its extensive rose-growing industry. Wasco was founded in 1900 and incorporated in 1945. It has a total area of 9.4 square miles. The population of Wasco is approximately 30,240 as of the 2024 census. The city experiences a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild winters. Wasco is primarily an agricultural community, with crops such as roses, grapes, almonds, and cotton being grown in the surrounding area. The city is also home to several correctional facilities, including Wasco State Prison and Wasco State Prison-Reception Center. It has several parks and recreational areas, including Barker Park, Community Park, Teresa Burke Park, the Wasco Memorial Park, and the Wasco Community Center. Wasco hosts various events and activities throughout the year, such as parades, farmers markets, and cultural celebrations. The city has several annual events, including the Wasco Festival of Roses to celebrate the city’s rose-growing heritage and the Wasco Independence Day Celebration. Wasco has a relatively low cost of living compared to other parts of California, making it an attractive place to live for many.