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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Housing
    D-
  3. Nightlife
    B+
  4. Good for Families
    B-
  5. Diversity
    A
  6. Jobs
    C
  7. Weather
    A
  8. Cost of Living
    C-
  9. Health & Fitness
    B+
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  11. Commute
    B
Kern County is located in California with a population of 883,053. In Kern County, most residents own their homes. In Kern County there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Kern County and residents tend to lean conservative.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$205,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$956
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    42%
  • Own
    58%
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Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    303.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    10.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    29.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    154.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    817.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,990.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    660.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    26%
    13%

Working in Kern County

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$52,479
National
$55,322

Kern County Reviews

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Lake Isabella is great. It's a small town and there is a great community that makes you feel like family. There is a lot of things to do in the Kern. It's amazing!
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Kern County is composed of the growing city of Bakersfield, and many smaller unique cities/towns that would otherwise be overlooked, but worth visiting. In Bakersfield you have the country music scene pioneered by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, where you can visit Buck Owen's Crystal Palace on Buck Owens Blvd, and see live performances. Bakersfield is also a hub for large business chains and restaurants to experiment with the sales of new items and food with the population.

A local gem that may be overlooked by visitors, is the Kern River Valley off of Hwy 178, where activities such as river rafting, hiking, camping, and rock climbing are common and readily available throughout the outlying areas of Kernville. The Sequoia National Forest also encompasses a large area of the Kern River Valley, which is worth taking a short drive to visit.
I love living in Kern County! It is a great place to raise a family and watch your children grow up and become good citizens. Kern County also has great cities that make living in Kern County a unique experience. It gives you an opportunity to get away from the big cities and the loud noises. Overall, I have had a great childhood and adulthood experiences.