B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$199,600
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$983
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    43%
  • Own
    57%

Bakersfield Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    284
    0
  • Murder
    6
    0
  • Rape
    19
    41
  • Robbery
    175
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,037
    1
  • Theft
    2,484
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    640
    0

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$57,095
National
$53,889
Children
25%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    11%
  • 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%
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Bakersfield Reviews

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I was born and raised in Bakersfield, but took many opportunities to travel and live elsewhere (Republic of Ireland; upstate NY; Idaho; Frazier Park, CA...). I chose to move back to Bakersfield and go to CSUB. Bakersfield has a population of 500k people with a small town feel. It is central to the beach, mountains, desert (have you seen the wildflowers in the spring? Breathtaking!) where you can shop, hike, chill, explore, learn...the list goes on! The absolute best thing about Bakersfield is our community support of veterans and current military servicemembers. Several times a year, you will find a huge show of support as we send off and welcome home our WWII, Korean war & Vietnam veterans to see their memorials in Washington, DC. Bakersfield has a big problem with gang violence and other crime, but this is something our public servants strive to change.
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Bakersfield is not as bad as it seems, but it's not as good as some people make it sound either. Truth is, Bakersfield is a dustbowl. We get all of the pollution from L.A. Our Summers are HOT! Our winters are usually dry and not so cold. The nightlife, well...there's not much of it. The best thing you can do nightlife-wise is go bar hopping downtown. The cost of living is pretty good as is the real estate market. Many people who can't afford to live in L.A. move to Bakersfield. With so many people moving here, it is creating more traffic; but the traffic does not compare in any way to that of L.A. The best thing about Bakersfield is that you're right in the middle of everything. You're not to far from the coast and you're not too far from Sacramento. All in all if you're not a party animal, Bakersfield is not a bad choice.
Bakersfield, what a city! I grew up here and it can be rough. However, with a university and junior college, educational opportunities are accessible and commute is easy. Also close to mountains, coast and larger city attractions, Bakersfield residents enjoy these attractions without the high and recurring cost of living. Also, the Basque historical culture has left a consentration of great Basque restaraunts.