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Living in Ridgecrest, California:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Ridgecrest, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked four people living in Ridgecrest what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:


4 comments on “Ridgecrest”

This is a high desert town in it’s own valley. Built around the China Lake Naval Base. Good quality of life. Hot in the summer. Beautiful in fall, winter and spring. Cost of living and housing is lower than most of California. Conservative but unfortunately it is in democrat run California.

Sharon, says: 2023

Ridgecrest, CA is perfect for those who love mountain biking and off-roading. If you like nightlife, this city is not for you. There is very little to do and nothing for kids, so you have to be prepared to drive hours out of town for any sort of activity. If you’re a foodie, you will not be happy. Mostly fast food, diners, and a couple of Asian and Mexican restaurants. The only place to buy clothes is WalMart and Marshalls but they usually have very little in plus sized clothing, nor do they carry special occasion attire. We have A LOT of earthquakes and even had back-to-back 6.4 and 7.1 quakes in 2019. It is HOT, 110+F in summer. Many homes only have swamp coolers.

Marian, says: 2023

There is absolutely nothing to do. The scenery is gorgeous with the most beautiful mountains. Flowers do not grow well here and it’s a very small community.

sharon, says: 2023

Ridgecrest is small, rent is affordable, and there aren’t many jobs. If you’re used to a larger city, it’s difficult to live here. I recommend this city to retirees and those that like extreme heat.

Alexis, says: 2020

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