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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B+
Bakersfield is a city in California with a population of 375,699. Bakersfield is in Kern County. Living in Bakersfield offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Bakersfield there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Bakersfield and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Bakersfield are above average.
About Bakersfield...
Population
375,699

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$240,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,078
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%
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Bakersfield Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    243.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    8
    6.1
  • Rape
    29.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    210.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,043.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,410.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    720.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    17%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%

Working in Bakersfield

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$62,340
National
$55,322
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Bakersfield Reviews

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Welcome to the conservative bible belt of California! This may be starting to change, but as of today this is by far the most conservative, most evangelical Christian centric city I've ever been to in California, let alone lived in. Whether that's good, bad, or neutral is up to you so its not affecting my rating.

The city is generally quiet and people friendly if a bit to themselves, living costs are some of the best I've found in all of California, not a lot of to do if your into the night life (I'm not), but as the city is growing I expect that to change. My one real knocks, and why I can't give it 5 stars, is we frequently have the worst air quality in the US, so an air purifier for your home is mandatory, and the summers can get brutally hot (110F).

In closing, some describe Bakersfield as 2 hours from wherever you actually want to be, but while its nice that we're centralized, if you like a quiet peaceful life as I do, I think Bakersfield is a place you'd want to be too.
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I honestly love living in Bakersfield. It gets extremely hot during the summer, but the people here are wonderful. It really does have a small town feel, while having the benefits of a city. There's actually quite a lot to do, whether it's traveling to the mountains, or the beach, or staying and going to the park. It's close to everything, and it has low cost of living compared to most of California. And during the spring, it is one of the most beautiful places you can see. We have mountains all around us, and they get so blue during the spring. Great place to raise a family!
It doesn't have as many tourist attractions or things to do as other big cities. It does have a homeless person problem, as well as an environmental crisis with oil impacting endangered species, landscapes, and native species. The air quality is also terrible. However, the city is working to produce a better impact overall, and it is a nice location - 2 hours away from anything - beach, snow, lakes, Los angles! It is also extremely cost affordable, compared to Los Angeles, San Diego, or San Francisco.