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"Not That Bad!"


Not That Bad! - 7/22/2010
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Alyson
Bakersfield, CA

Honestly, I like it here! Yes of course the air quality is bad and the weather is very very hot in the summer but truthful it isn't THAT BAD! I have lived here for 13 years and I have been loving it. Your only about 2 hours away from the beach and Los Angeles, also I own three buisnesses and it is going very well!!! Me and my husband live by the Liberty Highschool and my daughter and son love it. They said they wouldn't ask to move schools any day. The teachers here not that bad as some people are saying! And another thing the price to live here is super cheap.. You can buy a pretty nice house here for about 250,000 which in some places that isn't even enough for an apartment with one bedroom and bathroom!! So overall I really like Bakersfield California :)

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Ruth
Bakersfield, CA

Air - 6/19/2014

Great people,lousy air quality

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WILLIAM
Bakersfield, CA

comments - 3/27/2014

real property, housing and taxation lower in cost than other CA cities while services and infrastructure are excellent.

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Lynnette
Bakersfield, CA

like any city, there are good and bad areas - 3/14/2014

I've lived in Bakersfield for 45 years and I don't think its a bad city. Contrary to some opnions, we are NOT all uneducated hicks. Like any city , there are some bad areas , however I challenge you to on find a city that does not have some bad areas. Our city is growing and with that comes the good and bad. The city for the most part is well maintained and there is a lot of expansion and construction happening especially in the Rosedale area where I live. I think Rosedale is a very nice place to live. There are areas in Bakersfield id rather not go but I think thats the same with any city. So I differ in opnions with most of the other people who have given opnions on this site. I will say Bakersfield for the most part is a nice place to live. I agree we do have our negative areas but so does ever other city.

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savanah

Not Everyone's the Same - 9/7/2013

What's wrong with country every once in a while. Nobody is perfect everyone does things wrong ,no one is perfect. Everyone is different in a way, but that doesn't mean every place we go is bad. There maybe better places in the world, but the reason they turn bad is because we don't try to make them better. So what there bad who says in the future this place can't get better. There is not need to judge, not everyone is smart but you can be. You have to just keep trying and challenging yourself.

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Charles
Des Moines, IA

Bakersfield - 7/20/2013

I agree with the negative comments re Bakersfield. Lived there for 18 years (strange, seemed longer). A rough town with a lot of uneducated, rude people. City/county budget is hopelessly inadequate. If you like rednecks, country/western music and poverty, this is the place for you!

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cedar
Bakersfield, CA

Judge for yourself - 3/13/2013

Hot, 90+ from June thru September. Questionable air quality. University town with economy driven by Agriculture and Energy. Two hours to the coast. Closer to the Sierra Nevada's on the east.

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Lori
Monterey, CA

It is what it is. - 3/9/2013

Just a short comment about Bakersfield. I was born and raised in Bakersfield. Like most towns in the Central Valley, as the years have gone by, the crime rate has risen and gangs are prevalent. Bakersfield is not alone in this. Salinas, Stockton, Fresno (and the list goes on) all have this same problem in common. If you want a beautiful place to live in California, the State has many wonderful towns and cities that are crime free with clean air, but be prepared to pay for it. They are expensive. Bakersfield, is hot in the Summer, with bad air. Pockets of Bakersfield are barrio or ghetto. The town has some wonderful neighborhoods too. Close to the beach and to the mountains. Bakersfield is not very expensive as far as the cost of living, comparatively speaking. Good shopping, nice restaurants. The town does have pros and cons.....look for the good and you will find it!

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I.
Duncanville, TX

No free thinking allowed - 12/23/2012

When I taught in Bakersfield I was negatively impressed by the uniformity of thought; many fearful people, tyrants, chauvinists, criminals, anti this's and anti that's. Little truth telling because little was allowed. The aim seemed to be for an apple pie culture, without any of the good will required to make anything authentic. Stifling, and I left - valuing even more the freedom I found elsewhere.

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Sue
Canton, OH

demographics - 12/1/2012

want demographics on Bakersfield

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Sue
Canton, OH

demographics - 12/1/2012

i would like demographic info on differant cities

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Merlin
New York, NY

"Used to be" a nice place to live 30 years ago? - 8/27/2012

"It used to be a nice place 30 years ago now it is a dangerous filthy mess." Are you kidding? Someone else said it "used to be" a nice place to raise kids. It "used to be" a nice place -- that is, a place where you had all the agreement you wanted and needed -- if you were a bible-thumping bigot, hated blacks and anyone left of Hitler. A nice place to raise kids if you wanted to raise your kids in that kind of hell-hole so they would grow up to be the same. A nice place if you couldn't tolerate anyone with a mind and imagination bigger than a pin head. There were a lot of real criminals in that town 30 years ago too -- no doubt there are even more there now. It is a place for the stunted and the "dangerous filthy mess" they make. It is no doubt worse now - practice makes perfect.

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mildmannered
Greeley, CO

Can't recommend Bakersfield - 11/9/2011

I agree with every word, Ginger, and gave up on Bako last year, after nearly 15 years. The city and county budgets have been decimated and services are a fraction of what they were. There are 3 state prisons in the county which brings in an ugly population, but the salaries from the prisons is important to the economy. When you can see the mountains, it's lovely, and it happens only about 2-3 times a year. The air quality is disgusting and unhealthful. The pollution outweighs the plusses Ginger mentions.

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Ginger
Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield living. - 7/15/2011

I have lived in Bakersfield most of my life. It use to be the perfect place to raise a family and live. Not anymore. Pro's ? It's a 2 hour drive to LA, Disney Land, the beach, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and only a 4 hour drive to Vegas. Good bar seen and lots of great restaurants. The cost of living is not to bad. Price of houses is a little high but not to bad. It is a growing city so the economy is not that bad. Con's? Major problem with gang violence, high crime rate, people drive rudely, high sexual predator population, lot's of slum areas that start to out way the nice area. Majorly bad air quality. The summers are extremely dry and hot. 115 degrees hot. Bakersfield is surrounded by oilfields and farming along with lots of trucking companies to tend to both, which makes for the worst place to live if you have Asthma and allergies. Not to mention that it is in a valley so the smog never lifts. The educational system is rated low. Not one week goes by that you don't hear about a stabbing, shooting, robbery, and sometimes all three in one week. There are lots of half-way houses (rehabilitation) for sexual criminals released. If you look up to see where the registered offender live . . they are just about everywhere. Even close to schools. Lot's of people are moving out of Bakersfield because of what it's become. 20yrs ago I would have nothing bad to say and would brag about it being the best place to move to except for the hot summers. Now I tell people to avoid the place. I'm currently looking to relocate which brought me to this site.

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melissa
Bakersfield, CA

BAKERSFIELD - 7/11/2011

tHIS IS A LARGE CITY WITH ASMALL CITY FEEL

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Maggie
Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield Is great!! - 7/6/2011

I've lived in Bakersfield for 5 years now and I love it.. It's the best place in California I've lived. The people are great, schools are good and I feel safe. The cost of living is lower than in many other parts of the state and if you can take the heat in the summer you'll love the rest of the year. I've lived in San Deigo, Long Beach, Palm Springs, and Santa Rosa.

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Jennifer
Ironton, OH

Is it a good place? - 1/18/2011

Me and my family are looking to move soon and we are researching some places to find the best one. We currently live in Southern Ohio and are interested in the Southern California area. Is Bakersfield a nice place to raise children (I have a 10 year old and one on the way)? How about the cost of living? I am currently in college studying Health Care Administration and my husband has a culinary degree so I was also wondering about employment options. Is it hard to find a job? Would I be able to transfer schools to finish my degree or should I stay here until I finish? If anyone can give me some honest insight it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!!

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Tyler
Long Beach, CA

Review on Bakersfield - 11/12/2010

I lived in Bakerfield for 8 years from 1976 to 1984..Back then the air quality was not so bad..I now live in Long Beach and what a change..I do agree with how bad the people can be..I went to Thompson Jr. High and the kids were so bad in the early 80's..I mean white trash, drug taking scum BAD kids..It was a nightmare going to that school..Everyday I dreaded it...Until my dad got a job down in Southern cal when Anahiem was a great place to live.Then my life had changed..The school and kids were so much better..And now I see Bako and the air just sucks..It's not just the farming!! It's how many people have moved up there in just the last 25 years..When I was there it was only about 100,000 people in the whole town..Man where I used to hunt for lizards there are homes and malls and stuff all over the place..I still mite move back there though cause that it were most of my family are..And my mom,grandfather and grandmother are with the Lord now and there graves are on panamal lane..I want to be close to them when I go...

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Jim
Bakersfield, CA

Climate in Bakersfield California - 11/6/2010

bakersfield is in the central valley of california and between September and April has a nice moderate and dry climate with temperatures between 40 deg. F and 80 deg F. It is mostly a sunny area and because of the growth (the city is now at 334,000 population with a drawing area of probably 200,000 more) there is less winter fog than in previous years. Typically the valley has strong winds when a weather front moves through but this is only 4 or 5 times per year. Dust created from farming is a problem creating poor air quality. It is a spectacular valley when winds blow out the dust.

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Alyson
Bakersfield, CA

Not That Bad! - 7/22/2010

Honestly, I like it here! Yes of course the air quality is bad and the weather is very very hot in the summer but truthful it isn't THAT BAD! I have lived here for 13 years and I have been loving it. Your only about 2 hours away from the beach and Los Angeles, also I own three buisnesses and it is going very well!!! Me and my husband live by the Liberty Highschool and my daughter and son love it. They said they wouldn't ask to move schools any day. The teachers here not that bad as some people are saying! And another thing the price to live here is super cheap.. You can buy a pretty nice house here for about 250,000 which in some places that isn't even enough for an apartment with one bedroom and bathroom!! So overall I really like Bakersfield California :)

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anna
West Hollywood, CA

Living - 7/13/2010

I've read all the reviews of Bakersfield. I have to move somewhere close to there because of my husband's job. Are there any nice places to live outside of bakersfield that would be within an hour drive?

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