Bakersfield, CA

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Bakersfield, CA

About Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield, California is an enchanting city with plenty of attractions to explore. Visitors can take in the local culture and flavor at the Kern County Fairgrounds or explore the scenic trails and gardens of Enchanted Forest Park. History buffs will enjoy visiting the Kern County Museum, while art lovers can explore galleries and theatres throughout the city. Outdoor enthusiasts can kayak down aqueducts or learn about natural wonders on a boat ride. With its warm climate, unique history and plenty of activities for all ages, Bakersfield promises to provide any visitor with an unforgettable experience. Mid-sized city - South-central California, at the southern end of the Central Valley.

State: California
County: Kern County
Metro Area: Bakersfield Metro Area
City: Bakersfield
Zip Codes: 93307, 93306, 93309, 93312, 93313, 93304, 93311, 93305, 93301, 93220, 10 total
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Time zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Elevation: 492 ft above sea level

Bakersfield is a quiet agricultural and industrial town located in one of the driest inhabited areas of California. Irrigated agriculture, mostly cotton, orchard crops and grapes lies to the north, and a large oil industry supported by nearby fields operates in and around the city. There isn’t much to do. But the area is becoming a refuge for southern Californians looking to escape the high costs and bustle of the LA Basin, which starts about 80 miles and across a mountain range south. The area is also picking up businesses looking for an inexpensive location with southern California access; thus the economy is improving after years of malaise.

But those moving in will need to trust their air conditioners: summer heat can be relentless with temperatures frequently 105 degrees to 110 degrees. Air quality can be a problem in the deep valley. The downtown is plain and uninteresting, although there are some new buildings and a new riverfront park. The nicer neighborhoods lie west towards the Cal State Bakersfield campus and some new retail and housing development, is coming in especially west of town. Some recreation is available in the southern Sierra Nevada just to the east and north, and downtown Los Angeles is about 2 hours away.

Bakersfield is partially surrounded by a horseshoe-shaped rim of mountains with an open side to the northwest and the crest at an average distance of 40 miles. The valley and surrounding hills are dry grassland with some desert plants; oak-studded grassland becomes more prevalent in the foothills. Climate is Mediterranean semiarid with hot, dry summers and mild winters. Summers are cloudless with 100 degrees readings and very low humidity. Winters are mild but fairly humid with frequent fog that usually burns off but can last for weeks.

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Bakersfield Cost of Living

Cost of living, low rainfall, and mild winters make Bakersfield a great place to live.

+3.2% higher than avg
0.0% lower than avg
$1,070 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-7.3% lower than avg
Bakersfield Crime
60 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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   Mild winters
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I am a millennial, born and raised here. As someone who wrestled with staying for years, there are a lot of valid reasons to not come to Bakersfield. Air quality, summer  More

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Over 3 years ago

I have lived here all of my life. 40+ years. It used to be fun and kinda safe but now it is so scary to go outside. We are literally a homeless dumping ground and there  More

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I moved here from Seattle 25 years ago, when it had a population of 200,000, and practically the only place to get coffee was a place called “Duke’s Ranch”. Why did I  More

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