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Maricopa Community Profile
Maricopa is a city in Kern County, California. Incorporated in 1911, Maricopa is located 6.5 miles (10 km) south-southeast of Taft, at an elevation of 883 feet (269 m). Maricopa lies at the junction of Route 166 and Route 33. The Carrizo Plain is located to the northwest, and the enormous Midway-Sunset Oil Field, the third largest oil field in the United States, is adjacent on the north and east.
With only a Shell gasoline station, Subway sandwich shop, Maricopa Inn motel, post office, Head Start preschool, and a Kindergarten-12th (K-12) grade school, Maricopa is a small city in the southwest San Joaquin Valley, which retains its rural country flavor.
The city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), all of it land. Maricopa is in the extreme southwestern corner of the San Joaquin Valley, on the first rise of land into the foothills of the Coast Ranges, and the Temblor Mountains. The San Andreas Fault runs northwest and the San Emidio Mountains run southeast of Maricopa. The climate of the area is hot and semi-arid, with summertime temperatures routinely exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Freezes occur in the winter, with the mean period without freezes being about 275 days. About six inches of rain falls annually in Maricopa.