McKittrick is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kern County, California, United States. McKittrick is located 14 miles (23 km) northwest of Taft, at an elevation of 1056 feet (322 m). The population was 160 at the 2000 census.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km²), all of it land.
The town is in the center of a large oil-producing region in western Kern County. Along State Route 33 to the south of the town is the Midway-Sunset Oil Field, the second-largest oil field in the contiguous United States; within the town itself, as well as to the west is the McKittrick Field; to the northwest is the huge Cymric Field; and along Highway 33 beyond Cymric is the large South Belridge Oil Field, run by Aera Energy LLC. East of McKittrick is Occidental Petroleum's Elk Hills Field, formerly the U.S. Naval Petroleum Reserve.
The McKittrick Tar Pits, which are similar to the more famous La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, contain an assemblage of bones of ice age mammals; representing a seep to the surface of the underlying McKittrick Oil Field.
As of the census of 2000, there were 160 people, 54 households, and 48 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 63.8 people per square mile (24.6/km²). There were 61 housing units at an average density of 24.3/sq mi (9.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.88% White, and 3.12% from two or more races. 1
There were 54 households out of which 42.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 27.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.1% were non-families. 9.3% of all households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 31.9% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 6.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 102.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $43,333, and the median income for a family was $42,917. Males had a median income of $30,625 versus $28,750 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,174. About 11.8% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.2% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those sixty five or over.