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Boron, California
Population: 2,253
23 miles from Edwards AFB
Unincorporated
Chamber of Commerce:
26962 Twenty Mule Team Road
Boron, CA 93516
760-762-5810
www.boronchamber.com

Located between Barstow and Mojave, along California State Highway 58, the community of Boron is the site of a giant open-pit mine from which the extracted element, boron, lends the town its name.

The pit, the largest in the Western Hemisphere, is owned and operated by Borax and employs a great deal of the community. Edwards employs the remainder. The town is also home of the Col. Vernon P. Saxon Jr. Aerospace Museum.

The town’s people tuck themselves into the preservation of the rich history of both Boron and Edwards. Kern County provides the community’s branch library, fire station and sheriff department. The U.S. post office is centrally located on Boron Avenue.

California City, California
Population: 13,707
17 miles from Edwards AFB
Elected official: Mayor Chuck McGuire
City website: www.californiacity-ca.gov
Chamber of Commerce:
8001 California City Blvd.
California City, CA 93505
760-373-8676
www.californiacitychamber.com

Begun as a private commercial development, the community was incorporated in 1965 and ranks as the third-largest incorporated city in terms of land area in California. Located 17 miles north of Edwards along Highway 58 and a northern jaunt on California City Boulevard, the small community offers public schools, parks, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a municipal airport, a community center and a senior center.

Lancaster, California
Population: 160,784
29 miles from Edwards AFB
Elected official: Mayor R. Rex Parris
City website: www.cityoflancasterca.org
Chamber of Commerce:
554 W. Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534
661-948-4518
www.lancasterchamber.org

In recent years, Lancaster has grown into a bustling urban destination, offering an array of outdoor experiences with the backdrop of four seasons, local shopping, restaurants and entertainment with events happening throughout the year.

With proximity to the Los Angeles metropolitan area, clean air and blue skies, the community is an affordable choice conveniently located near much of Southern California’s attractions and aerospace industry employment.

Lancaster has a mayor and four council members who are responsible for all Lancaster municipal programs and services, as well as any legislative matters concerning the city. Police and fire services are provided by the county of Los Angeles.

Mojave, California
Population: 4,238
35 miles from Edwards AFB
Unincorporated
Chamber of Commerce:
16144 H St.
Mojave, CA 93501
661-824-2481
www.visitmojave.com

Mojave sits at the junction of California highways 14 and 58 and to some is a gateway to such popular spots as Mammoth and the eastern Sierras, Las Vegas, the eastern Mojave Desert and the Los Angeles Basin. But, Mojave itself is the location of several natural wonders and historical sites that include mining ghost towns and more. Anyone driving through Mojave is certain to notice the Mojave Air and Space Port. Known to many as the civilian flight test center and the launching spot of SpaceShipOne, the airport is unique in its locale and environmental conditions and is known both for its flight test activities and for the maintenance and storage services provided to the airline industry.

North Edwards, California
Population: 1,058
7 miles from Edwards AFB
Unincorporated

North Edwards is an unincorporated bedroom community just north of Edwards along Highway 58. School-age children go to school at Edwards. Housing is affordable, though shopping convenience is limited.

Palmdale, California
Population: 156,605
39 miles from Edwards AFB
Elected official: Mayor Steven D. Hofbauer
City website: www.cityofpalmdale.org
Chamber of Commerce:
817 E. Avenue Q-9
Palmdale, CA 93551
661-273-3232
www.palmdalechamber.org

Located in the southern region of the Antelope Valley, Palmdale’s biggest industry and employer is the aerospace industry, with thousands of residents employed at Air Force Plant 42 Production Flight Test Installation and Edwards Air Force Base.

Known as one of the fastest-growing cities in the state, Palmdale considers itself a family-oriented community. Palmdale is a charter city governed under the council-manager form of local government. Palmdale boasts various shopping and entertainment venues, as well as DryTown Water Park and more.

Quartz Hill, California

Population: 10,912
35 miles from Edwards AFB
Unincorporated
Chamber of Commerce:
42043 50th St. W
Quartz Hill, CA 93536
661-722-4811
www.quartzhillchamber.com

Quartz Hill, a small, primarily residential community, is situated just 4.5 square miles west of Lancaster and Palmdale. Residents enjoy the rustic qualities of the town with horseback riding on many trails, fishing in the nearby California Aqueduct and a view of nature. The community is known for its almond orchards and the annual almond festival and parade.

Rosamond, California
Population: 18,150
19 miles from Edwards AFB
Unincorporated
Chamber of Commerce:
2861 Diamond St.
Rosamond, CA 94560
661-256-3248
www.rosamondchamber.com

Just a straight shot west of Edwards along Rosamond Boulevard, the small community of Rosamond is a mecca for rock hounds with its cradling and abundant hillside landscape of beautiful rocks — especially at Gem Hill, located 4 miles north of the community.

Kern County provides fire and police protection, as well as local parks and recreation facilities. Rosamond is also home to a senior center, Willow Springs International Raceway and the Exotic Feline Breeding Compound.

Tehachapi, California
Population: 12,495
45 miles from Edwards AFB
Elected official: Mayor Pro-Tem Susan Wiggins
City website: www.liveuptehachapi.com
Chamber of Commerce:
209 E. Tehachapi Blvd.
Tehachapi, CA 93561
661-822-4180
www.tehachapi.com

Located in the mountains about 45 miles from the base and about 4,000 feet above sea level, Tehachapi offers a cool alternative to the warm Mojave Desert summers. Tehachapi has a rural atmosphere with farming as a way of life for many residents. Award-winning livestock are common in the area, as well as famous apples, pears and cherries. Area residents visit Tehachapi for the Mountain Festival and Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association rodeo in August, the apple and pumpkin harvest in the fall, and the cool mountain breezes in the summer.

Victorville, California
Population: 125,000
55 miles from Edwards AFB
Elected official: Mayor Gloria Garcia
City website: www.victorvilleca.gov
14174 Green Tree Blvd.
Victorville, CA 92395
760-245-6506
www.vvchamber.com

Located to the east of Edwards in the high desert of Victor Valley, Victorville is accessible via interstates 15 and 395, conveniently linking the city with all other areas of Southern California. Victorville is home to various museums and a performing arts center.

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