Bakersfield Tourism, California

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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 68.18 (High)
    • Water Pollution 65.38 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 43.33 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 65.63 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 40.63 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 37.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 59.72 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 58.93 (Moderate)
  • 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 53.57 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 33.93 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 51.79 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 48.21 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 46.15 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 60.71 (High)
    • Attacks 44.64 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 83.93 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 69.64 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 35.71 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 44.64 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 42.86 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 64.29 (High)
  • Living in Bakersfield - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Bakersfield is 159.11 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 45.85 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 77.49 (High)
    • Pollution Index 69.94 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 21.8 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 67.75 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 59.13 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.56 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 133.89 (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 9 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 36.8 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 73.89 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 38.5 USD

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

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