Maricopa, CA


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Maricopa, CA

About Maricopa, CA

Living in Maricopa, CA is a wonderful experience. With its close proximity to the ocean and numerous outdoor activities, it’s the perfect place for nature-lovers. There are many parks and trails throughout the area, giving residents plenty of options to enjoy the outdoors. The climate is generally mild and sunny, allowing for plenty of beach days and outdoor activities year-round. Shopping can also be found nearby with convenient access to stores, shopping centers, entertainment venues, and more. With beautiful scenery, an abundance of outdoor activities, and convenience for shopping, living in Maricopa makes for a great life 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: Maricopa
Zip Codes: No Zip Codes Here.
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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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Maricopa Cost of Living
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Cost of living, low rainfall, and mild winters make Maricopa a great place to live.

$154,400
-119.0% lower than avg
$43,654
-58.1% lower than avg
$1,011 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-13.6% lower than avg
Maricopa Crime
54 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
Minimum annual income
To live comfortably in Maricopa, California
$29,520
for a family
$64,000
for a single person
Pros & Cons of Maricopa
   Cost of living
Air quality
   Low rainfall
High unemployment
   Mild winters
Summer heat
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