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Overview

Introduction to Bakersfield, California

Settled in 1858, Bakersfield is located in inland Southern California, an hour and fifty minutes north of Los Angeles. The city was a past finalist and a past winner of the National Civic League's coveted "All-America City Award".

Bakersfield was originally inhabited by the Yokuts Indians eight thousand years ago. Spanish missionaries were the first Europeans to visit the area in the later part of the eighteenth century. The discovery of gold on the Kern River in 1851 attracted the first wave of pioneers. The City of Bakersfield was formally incorporated in 1898.

Bakersfield has a warm Southern California climate. January is the coolest month of the year with average daily temperatures of 57 degrees Fahrenheit. July is the hottest month of the year with an average daily temperature of 99 degrees Fahrenheit. Bakersfield receives an average of just under six inches of rain a year.

Bakersfield Arts and Entertainment

For a city of modest size, Bakersfield provides a good assortment of arts and cultural offerings. Some of the more notable include:

  • The Rabobank Arena Theater & Convention Center
  • The McMurtrey Aquatics Center
  • The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra
  • The Buck Owens Crystal Palace
  • The Fox Theatre

For the sports enthusiast, Bakersfield is home to ECHL Bakersfield Condors Hockey Team. Bakersfield also has its own Minor League Baseball (MiLB) team, the Bakersfield Blaze. The Blaze are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Of course, The city is also within a couple of hours of all of the sporting attractions of Los Angeles.

Bakersfield and the surrounding areas provide the opportunity for a wealth of outdoor activities, including: auto racing, fishing, biking, camping, golf, hiking and backpacking, jet skiing, kayaking, mountain biking, tennis, white water rafting, and more.

People

Total Population 363,612
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 8.8%
Employed Population 16+ 148,192
Age of the Population 30

Families

% of people married 47.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.9%
Median Earnings25+ $35,423
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,520
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,456

Wealth

Median Family Income $62,272
% Above Poverty Level 80.2%
% Below Poverty Level 19.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 19.6%
Median Gross Rent $983
Median House Value $199,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 66.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 4.9%
Irish 6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bakersfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 101 miles NW of Los Angeles, California
County Kern
Metro Area Bakersfield
Standard Zip Codes 93301, 93304, 93305, 93306, 93307, 93308, 93309, 93311, 93312, 93313, 93314
P.O. Box Zip Codes 93302, 93303, 93380, 93381, 93382, 93383, 93384, 93385, 93386, 93387, 93388, 93389, 93390
Phone Area Codes 661
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.373
Longitude -119.017

Bakersfield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BAKERSFIELD KERN CO AP
Distance 4.5 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 56 F
Apr Temp 50 to 76 F
Jul Temp 69 to 97 F
Oct Temp 55 to 80 F
Annual Precip 6.4 inches
Station KERN RIVER PH 1
Distance 14.7 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 60 F
Apr Temp 54 to 79 F
Jul Temp 75 to 101 F
Oct Temp 62 to 84 F
Annual Precip 10.7 inches
Station WASCO
Distance 24.4 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 57 F
Apr Temp 47 to 78 F
Jul Temp 63 to 99 F
Oct Temp 49 to 82 F
Annual Precip 7.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Bakersfield, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Pumpkin Center (93313, 93383)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arvin 20,328 $35,396
McFarland 13,028 $30,582
Shafter 17,513 $42,538
Wasco 25,973 $41,234

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bakersfield Public Libraries

Library
Kern County Library
701 TRUXTUN AVE.
Bakersfield, California
(661) 868-0700
Library Web Site

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Bakersfield Hospitals

MERCY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
2215 TRUXTUN AVENUE
(661) 632-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

SAN JOAQUIN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
2615 EYE STREET
(661) 395-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

KERN MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Local)
1830 FLOWER STREET
(805) 326-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

BAKERSFIELD HEART HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
3001 SILLECT AVENUE
(661) 316-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
901 OLIVE DRIVE
(661) 399-4461
Emergency Service: No

BAKERSFIELD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
420 34TH ST BOX 1888
(661) 327-1792
Emergency Service: Yes

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Bakersfield High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

BAKERSFIELD HIGH
1241 G ST.
661-324-9841
Serves 2,852 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.3

LIBERTY HIGH
925 JEWETTA AVE.
661-587-0925
Serves 2,531 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25

STOCKDALE HIGH
2800 BUENA VISTA ROAD
661-665-2800
Serves 2,469 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.7

WEST HIGH
1200 NEW STINE ROAD
661-832-2822
Serves 2,397 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24

CENTENNIAL HIGH
8601 HAGEMAN
661-588-8601
Serves 2,349 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24

SOUTH HIGH
1101 PLANZ ROAD
661-831-3680
Serves 2,271 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.1

RIDGEVIEW HIGH
8501 STINE ROAD
661-398-3100
Serves 2,238 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.8

NORTH HIGH
300 GALAXY AVE.
661-399-3351
Serves 2,232 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.4

FOOTHILL HIGH
501 PARK DR.
661-366-4491
Serves 2,230 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.7

EAST BAKERSFIELD HIGH
2200 QUINCY ST.
661-871-7221
Serves 2,135 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.5

HIGHLAND HIGH
2900 ROYAL SCOTS ROAD
661-872-2777
Serves 2,011 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.3

GOLDEN VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
801 HOSKINS AVENUE
Serves 1,087 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.7

COUNTY COMMUNITY
1300 17TH ST. CITY CENTRE
661-636-4714
A Non-traditional School
Serves 969 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

SPECIAL EDUCATION
5801 SUNDALE AVE.
661-636-4788
A Special Education School
Serves 619 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.1

JUVENILE COURT
1300 17TH ST.
661-636-4714
A Non-traditional School
Serves 553 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

VALLEY OAKS CHARTER
3501 CHESTER AVE.
661-633-5288
A Charter School.
Serves 486 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

KERN WORKFORCE 2000 ACADEMY (CHARTER)
5801 SUNDALE AVE.
661-827-3158
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 378 students.

VISTA HIGH (CONT.)
200 P ST.
661-327-8561
A Non-traditional School
Serves 285 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

VISTA WEST CONTINUATION
7115 ROSEDALE HWY.
661-589-4242
A Non-traditional School
Serves 198 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

ABLE CENTER (HIGH)
501 S. MT. VERNON AVE.
661-396-4420
A Special Education School
Serves 134 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

SPECIAL SERVICES/CONSTELLATION
815 EUREKA ST.
661-396-4400
A Special Education School
Serves 13 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.3

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