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Mojave, California

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Mojave is a town located in Kern County, California. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 3,836. Mojave has one dentist/orthodontist. The town is located at the northwest corner of the Mojave Desert, below the Oak Creek Pass.

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Aeronautic history

As home to Edwards Air Force Base, Mojave has been the site of many aeronautic milestones, including the first supersonic flight and the first landing of the Space Shuttle. Kern County is also the home of the first inland spaceport in the United States, the Mojave Spaceport.

The Mojave Spaceport was the location of the first private spaceflight, the launch of SpaceShipOne on June 21, 2004.

After winning the Ansari X Prize, Burt Rutan quipped that the isolation of the Mojave Desert fosters invention. "Innovation is what we do here," he said, "because there's not much else to do in Mojave."

Geography

Location of Mojave, California

Mojave is located at 35°1'1" North, 118°11'21" West (35.016867, -118.189145)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 151.4 km² (58.5 mi²). 151.4 km² (58.5 mi²) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.

See also : Mojave desert

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 3,836 people, 1,408 households, and 940 families residing in the town. The population density is 25.3/km² (65.6/mi²). There are 1,806 housing units at an average density of 11.9/km² (30.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 67.54% White, 5.58% Black or African American, 1.33% Native American, 2.01% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 18.12% from other races, and 5.29% from two or more races. 28.31% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,408 households out of which 37.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.7% are married couples living together, 16.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% are non-families. 27.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.71 and the average family size is 3.31.

In the town the population is spread out with 32.5% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females there are 103.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 99.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $24,761, and the median income for a family is $28,496. Males have a median income of $35,476 versus $19,250 for females. The per capita income for the town is $12,477. 36.2% of the population and 31.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 48.8% of those under the age of 18 and 11.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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