Rosamond, located 10 miles north of Lancaster up the Antelope Valley Freeway, is a rural bedroom community with burgeoning commercial development. Rosamond is located in Kern County, just north of Ave A, the Los Angeles-Kern County border. Rosamond, which is an unincorporated town, had a year 2000 population census of 20,000, and is situated at 2,330 feet above sea level. This makes it "high desert" and gives it 4 seasons with a low temperature of 30 degrees in the winter, and the highs reaching the low 100's in the summer.
Agricultural cultivation in the area includes the growing of sugar beets, onions, alfalfa, and carrots as the principle crops.
Rosamond has an interesting blend of rural homes on acreage and suburban-like subdivisions. This includes Rosamond Skypark which is a fly-in community where each home has its own private airplane hanger and a taxi-way that leads out to Rosamond's airport. Rosamond Airport has a surfaced 3,600 foot runway with a self-service gas station for airplanes.
In the 1980's, high profile home builders, such as Barrat Homes and Kaufman & Broad, were attracted to Rosamond. Kaufman & Broad has developed WestPark, a master planned community of homes, a school, and a park. WestPark is located on 40th St West, south of Rosamond Blvd. Rosamond has tract homes and custom homes in the central area of town; and west of town, country homes on acreage
Since the 1980's, hundreds of homes of homes have been built, which is a process still on-going. Rosamond is the leader of the Antelope Valley in the category of affordable housing. Projections based on the number of houses on the drawing board could have Rosamond's population doubling over the next 5 years.
This explosive residential growth has spurred commercial development. In the early 1990's Albertson's Market agreed to be the anchor tenant in a new shopping center, just west of the freeway. Since that time, Rite Aid and Radio Shack have opened too. Antelope Valley Bank has also located in Rosamond. There are still over 1,000 acres available in Rosamond for commercial or industrial development.
During the base closures of the 1990's, Edwards Air Force Base actually grew in population from absorbing other base closures. Edwards Air Force Base has an approximate civilian and military day time work force of 20,600 that has a combined annual payroll of $400M. EAFB, due to its size, location, weather (360 flying days per year), and accessibility to aerospace contractors (in Palmdale), is a vital link in the testing of the nation's next generation of aircraft and weapon systems. The Jet Propulsion Lab, now called the Astronautics Lab, is located in the south- eastern corner of EAFB.
Rosamond has two public parks, one with a pool, while the other provides fields for sports activities. The parks include play equipment for children and picnic areas.
Schools in the Rosamond area of part of the Southern Kern Unified School District which encompasses 298 square miles, and has grades Kindergarten through 12. A two year community college, Antelope Valley College, is located only 10 miles away in Lancaster, and now provides some 4 year courses of study through Cal State University Bakersfield.
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