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Bakersfield is a city located in the San Joaquin Valley of California, where it sits on the southern end of the Central Valley within the Kern County boundaries. The city is 110 mi (180 km) north of Los Angeles and about the same distance south of Fresno. It is an inland city about 135 mi (217 km) east of Pismo Beach on the Pacific Ocean. Bakersfield's population is around 375,000, making it the 9th largest city in California and the 52nd largest city in the United States. The city is also the county seat for Kern County, which encompasses the entire MSA and is the third largest county in California by area. The total Bakersfield inner urban area, which includes East Bakersfield and Rosedale, has a population of about 464,000. Bakersfield is in Kern County which is generally considered part of Southern California and shares its southern border with Los Angeles County. However, many residents consider Bakersfield to be more a part of Central California as it is near Kings and Tulare counties and is a hub for agriculture and oil production. Bakersfield is the focal point of the larger Bakersfield-Delano, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is coextensive with Kern County. In 2010, it had a population of 839,631, making it the 62nd largest metropolitan area in United States. Bakersfield has a very diverse economy. Kern County is the most productive oil producing county, and the fourth most productive agricultural county (by value) in the United States. Industries include natural gas and other energy extraction, aerospace, mining, petroleum refining, manufacturing, distribution, food processing, and corporate/regional headquarters.


Bakersfield is a city in the Kern County of California and is known for its agriculture and oil production. The city has many refining, natural gas extraction and food processing industries. Bakersfield is also the birthplace of Bakersfield sound, a country music genre. Places to visit in Bakersfield include Buck Owens' Crystal Palace, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield Museum of Science and California Living Museum, a zoo that houses many rare and endangered species of animals from around the world. Some of the things to do in Bakersfield are visiting Kern County Museum, a lush 16-acre exhibit displaying log cabins from the 18th century, Victorian era homes, to the 20th century schools, gas stations, and jails; head out to Rabobank Arena to catch on the latest sport events, concerts, and circuses, Most local bars around the city will play live music.


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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 66.67 (High)
    • Water Pollution 64.58 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 41.07 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 65 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 38.33 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 38.33 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 57.35 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 59.62 (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 161.17 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 45.85 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 78.26 (High)
    • Pollution Index 68.36 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 21.8 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 70.54 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 59.13 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.58 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 136.53 (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 32.8 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 72.14 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 38.88 USD

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

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