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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  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 372,680. 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
372,680

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$228,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,035
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense 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
    246.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    10.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    24.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    197.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    962.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,377.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    728.6
    284

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%

Working in Bakersfield

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$60,058
National
$55,322
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Bakersfield Reviews

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Lived in Bakersfield for 29yrs. Great place...only problem is that it’s in California. But if you have to live in CA, Bakersfield is like the little Texas of the state. Big city with a small town feel. I’d suggest living in the Rosedale or Seven Oaks areas as they are still the nicer sides of town. We like our guns, God, and military glory. Vote conservative, Kevin McCarthy is our guy.

There are tons of things to do. If you are bored, mountains are 40mins away while the beach is only 2hrs.

Have many great Schools! Family friendly city. Very affordable compared to the rest of CA.

Get about 30 days a year in the 100’s so a swimming pool is a must...however, the real secret is that we have only 4.5 months of hot weather and 7.5 months of enjoyable to moderately cool weather. Some Christmas will be enjoyed in short sleeves. Last time it snowed was over 20yrs a go.

Hope that helped you in your decision if you plan to move this way. Have a nice day...
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Bakersfield is a small city, so the good thing about it is that it is not crowded like other places in the world, so if you like to live in an area where it is open, Bakersfield is ok. This sometimes causes individuals to know others personally. The people at least in my area, are kind and friendly. The bad parts of Bakersfield are that it is like a desert, HOT! There are not as many activities to do here if you are visiting. As I mentioned earlier, depending on the area the people could be unpolite, There are a lot of homeless here as well who do bother individuals.
I have lived in Bakersfield my whole life. Despite moving every few years, everything was great! I like how here is a variety of stores for you to choose from when it comes to entertainment, gaming, food, and just plain living. I only wish that every where I go I didn't have to see a homeless person on the streets frail and hungry. It hurts my heart to have to see them out there in the blazing sun or the freezing cold. I just wish I could do more for them...