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Population (2016) 
Metro Bakersfield         543,400
City of Bakersfield        383,512
Kern County                 884,788

City population increased 55.33% between 2000 and 2017.
City land area increased 31.92% between 2000 and 2017.
The median age of Bakersfield’s population is 30.2, giving it
a younger population than either California (35.6) or the U.S. (37.4).

Average high/low temps      76.8F / 53.1F
Average annual rainfall      6.49”
Sunny days per year      272

Elevation      403’
Square miles (city)     150.43
Population density (city):      2,547 persons/sq. mi.

Located in Kern County (County Seat)

City Distance From
Los Angeles 110
San Diego 234
Sequoia National Park 128
San Francisco 274
Sacramento 294
Santa Barbara 159
Las Vegas 285
Palm Springs 176
Pismo Beach 151
Yosemite National Park 170

Bakersfield’s economy is centered on many diverse industries. Agriculture, healthcare, oil, government, and distribution are just a few of the many industries that contribute to one of the fastest growing economies and regions in the nation.

State Sales Tax - 7.5 percent 
City Sales Tax - none 
Hotel Tax (city) - 12 percent
Hotel Tax (county) - 6 percent

Local Media 
The Bakersfield area is served by four major local TV affiliates, one local daily newspaper, numerous FM and AM radio stations and many periodic magazines.

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  • 9th most populous city in California, 52th most populous city in U.S.
  • Population increased 43.6% between 2000 and 2012.
  • Large employers include Nestlé, Frito-Lay, State Farm, Aera Energy, Chevron, Occidental Oil & Gas.
  • County seat of Kern County, 3rd largest county in California.
  • Kern is the 4th largest agricultural producing county in U.S.
  • County generates 76% of all oil produced in California.
  • Within a four hour drive of 90% of California's population.
  • 59 city parks (494 acres), 1,379 miles of city streets, more than 100 miles of bike lanes and paths.
  • Tree City USA designation 16 years in a row.
  • Kern River Parkway includes 6,000+ acres of trails, parks, and waterways.
  • 5,400 hotel rooms, from quaint to full-service.
  • Central, affordable location attracts statewide and regional conventions.
  • More Basque restaurants than any other city in the U.S.
  • Amtrak station is the nation's 5th busiest in California, 25th busiest in U.S.
  • Bakersfield Community Theater is the oldest continually operating community theater in California, and the second oldest amateur community theater west of the Mississippi.
  • Bakersfield College (founded 1913) and CSU Bakersfield (founded 1970).
  • Pro sports: ice hockey, baseball, auto racing and Basketball. 
  • Home to Bakersfield Jazz Festival since 1986
  • Bakersfield was named after Colonel Thomas Baker, who settled in the Southern San Joaquin Valley in the middle 19th century. His "field" was known far and wide by travelers who used it as a stopping point during their travels.
  • Bakersfield is the 9th fastest growing city in the United States with a population of over 100,000, and the fastest growing city in the United States with a population of over 250,000.
  • Musicians Buck Owens and Merle Haggard lived in Bakersfield for much of their lives, pioneering the Bakersfield Sound.
  • In 2005 Garth Brooks proposed to then girlfriend Trisha Yearwood on stage at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace. The proposal was televised to a national audience.
  • Home to Buck Owens' Crystal Palace, regularly nominated as Nightclub of the Year by the Academy of Country Music. The venue has won the award three times (1997, 2004, 2006).
  • The Grammy award-winning band Korn formed in Bakersfield. The group sparked a genre of music known as nu-metal. The group has sold over 30 million albums and has a street dedicated to them in Bakersfield.
  • An earthquake and sequent aftershock in 1952 caused severe damage to much of downtown Bakersfield.
  • The area was rebuilt, but much of the original architecture and cultural landmarks were destroyed.
  • Bakersfield is home to the largest carrot-producing operations in the world, Grimmway Farms and Bolthouse Farms.
  • The Midway-Sunset oil field near Bakersfield is the largest in California.
  • The historic Fox Theater in downtown Bakersfield opened on Christmas day in 1930. The theater has hosted many performances, including: B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Tim McGraw.
  • Sam Lynn Ballpark is the only remaining professional baseball stadium in the United States facing west. Home game start times are often changed each month depending on the position of the sun at dusk.