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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$184,800
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$985
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    43%
  • Own
    57%

Bakersfield Rankings

Niche ranks over 200 cities based on more than 50 statistics and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    267
    264
  • Murder
    5
    5
  • Rape
    6
    37
  • Robbery
    180
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,106
    575
  • Theft
    2,245
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    621
    257

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$56,842
National
$53,046
Children
25%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Bakersfield Reviews

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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!
Bakersfield is a great place to live! It is known for being very family friendly with a lot of great schools and activities to plug the kids in. The best thing I like about Bakersfield is it’s “home” feel. There is a reason that Bakersfield is growing as quick as it is and a big reason is because it has something for everyone. It offers great activities to do every weekend and if you want to plan a quick get a way, it’s only a couple of hours from the nearest beach! The few things I would change would be to develop more free ways and to develop easier access to free ways. Within the past few years, congestion has built up upon a few of the major streets within the city. It is very obvious that more and more people are moving into this great place called Bakersfield!
Bakersfield is a place many love to call home. No matter where you go, there is a strong change you'll run into an old friend, teacher or someone you use to work with. Education is also another strong point of this town's heart and joy. It has one of the biggest high school districts in the country, boasting over 15 high schools. I personally went to high school here and have enjoyed my time back home for the holidays. It's super warm these days and it's a great place to meet up with old friends for coffee anywhere. There may be no beaches or mountains, but the people make this place home!