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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
    B-
  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 372,680. Bakersfield is in Kern County. Living in Bakersfield offers residents a 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
372,680

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$228,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,035
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    43%
  • Own
    57%
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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
    247
    283
  • Murder
    11
    6
  • Rape
    24
    41
  • Robbery
    198
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    962
    500
  • Theft
    2,378
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    729
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    17%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    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%

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Bakersfield Reviews

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I love the closeness of Bakersfield. I know Bakersfield has a really bad reputation for being "boring," but I feel like it's not given enough credit for all the fun activities the city has to offer. We have countless museums which showcase local work! There are monthly activities held downtown, at the libraries, as well as on some school sites or parks.
There's an endless amount of parks to spend the day such as Silver Creek, Hart Park, and River Walk. The community is always banding together to create fun and safe events such as the Pokemon Go Community Day events. They are usually held at River Walk and free lunch and beverages are provided to anyone in the area.
The night life includes bowling, sports bars, and the famous Escape Rooms! That's just to mention a few. I have lived in Bakersfield my whole life and I absolutely love my town and how simple it really is. There is a lot of beauty in simple things.
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The general friendliness of Bakersfield. It truly feels like a little piece of Texas in the middle of California, Southern hospitality and all. People smile at each other while walking down the street, conversations begin in the middle of checkout lines, and everyone seems to have a one or two-degree connection to everyone else (even though there are almost 400,000 people living here!
The changes that would be ideal to the residents like myself in Bakersfield, CA, would be lowering the cost of living, bring awareness to the air pollution and what cause and effects can harm our children and ourselves. Improving the broken judicial system. Improving public school system to strengthen education for adolescences. Create, plan and build law enforcement for a zero-tolerance sex crime as well as needed it other areas with great potential of physical harm and or danger. Provide resources for children and families of mental, emotional and physical abuse. Provide veterans resources preventing homelessness, help to seek employment and provide information of the current available resources.