Visit Bakersfield - Best of Bakersfield

Located on the Kern River, Bakersfield is one of the important cities in the state of California. With a population of 365,000, Bakersfield is known as the ninth most populous city in California. Bakersfield is a historical city and therefore, you will find a number of museums and galleries here. While the 16-acre museum of Kern County provides a deep insight into the local history, the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History presents a wide knowledge about geology. If you want to know how wealthy California is in flora and fauna, you must visit California Living Museum.

Bakersfield has a big metropolitan area. Owing to this fact, there are a number of industries and firms in the city. Apart from being an important part of the state of California from economic and industrial perspectives, Bakersfield has also developed as a wonderful tourist destination. People from around the world and different parts of the United States visit the city to explore its insightful museums, culture, and natural landscapes. Another special thing that this city is famous for is its music which is called the “Bakersfield Music”. The kern River Delta has been home to the Native Americans since long. The proximity of San Joaquin Valley and Sierra Nevada add another charm to the city. Bakersfield is a also a getaway to Sequoia National Forest and the mountaineers can head to Tehachapi Mountains from the city. The hot climate and fertile soil of Bakersfield is perfect for growing various crops. With plenty of historical sites, entertainment venues, and modern infrastructure, Bakersfield has been a favorite destination to many.

Bakersfield Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Bakersfield tips for your visit

  • Time Zone- Pacific Standard Time (PST)
  • Currency- American Dollar
  • Electricity and Internet- The standard voltage is 127 to 230 V and frequency is 50 Hz.
  • Languages- Private Internet Service Providers
  • Bakersfield Police Department – (661)  327-7111
  • Bakersfield Fire Department – (661) 326-3911
  • Bakersfield Heart Hospital – (661) 316-6000
  • City of Bakersfield Recreation & Parks (661) – 326-3866
  • Emergency Water & Fire Damage – 1 (877) 435-8117
  • Bakersfield Freeways – (661) 326-3811
  • Tipping- Tipping is optional in Bakersfield. However, it is largely appreciated.
  • Security - Emergency Number: 911

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Facts and Stats for Bakersfield*

  • Pollution Statistics in Bakersfield

    Know the pollution level of Bakersfield before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 69.57 (High)
    • Water Pollution 67.86 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 45.31 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 67.65 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 42.65 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 36.76 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 61.84 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 61.67 (High)
  • Bakersfield: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Bakersfield for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Bakersfield.

    • Burglary and Theft 56.94 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 38.89 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 44.44 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 51.47 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 61.11 (High)
    • Attacks 44.44 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 84.72 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 68.06 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 31.94 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 44.44 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 66.67 (High)
  • Living in Bakersfield - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Bakersfield is 163.01 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 43.4 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 77.63 (High)
    • Pollution Index 71.93 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 21.5 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 67.62 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 60.07 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.25 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 147.81 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Bakersfield

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Bakersfield

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 40 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 76.88 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 41.81 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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