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Bakersfield, CA
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Bakersfield profile

Living in Bakersfield

Bakersfield is a large city located in the state of California. With a population of 410,647 people and 151 associated neighborhoods, Bakersfield is the ninth largest community in California.

Bakersfield is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Bakersfield is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

One important feature of Bakersfield is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 80.31% of people commute to and from work every day by private automobile, eschewing alternative forms of transportation, which are not widely available in Bakersfield anyway. So, if you like to drive, Bakersfield is the city for you! The landscape around Bakersfield reflects this: wide streets, parking lots, plenty of highways, malls, and shopping centers are what you'll find.

The citizens of Bakersfield are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.28% of adults in Bakersfield having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Bakersfield in 2018 was $31,892, which is lower middle income relative to California, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $127,568 for a family of four. However, Bakersfield contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Bakersfield is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bakersfield home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Bakersfield, accounting for 52.90% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Bakersfield residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Bakersfield include German, English, Irish, Italian, and European.

Bakersfield also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 19.64%.

The most common language spoken in Bakersfield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.