Tehachapi is a city incorporated in 1909 located in the Tehachapi Mountains between Bakersfield and Mojave in Kern County, California. Tehachapi is located 35 miles (56 km) east-southeast of Bakersfield, at an elevation of 3,970 feet (1,210 m). The area is known for the nearby Tehachapi Loop (a popular railfan site), Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm, The Indian Point Ostrich Ranch, proximity to Edwards Air Force Base, and excellent environment for gliding. Ten miles to the west at Keene, is the National Chavez Center, established to share the legacy of Cesar Chavez. A maximum security prison, the California Correctional Institution, also known as the Tehachapi State Prison, is in the area. The population was 14,414 at the 2010 census, up from 10,957 at the 2000 census.