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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.
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.
I like Bakersfield--sometimes, when the weather is right and my tummy is satisfied. There isn't much to do but when you stop and look at the mountains, you appreciate living in Bakersfield and at that point, living in general. I never really hiked much until I moved to Bakersfield. My favorite spot is the Windwolves Preserve. I also really like that there isn't traffic. I like that on the streets I can drive 55 miles per hour and I like that the majority of the houses are new and pretty. However, I hate how small it is. I feel like this city is a bubble. It literally is one because all the smog gets trapped here in the Valley and the air quality is so horrible that people say you can get valley fever which kills many!