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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population367,555
Male Share of the Population49.3%
Female Share of the Population50.7%
Senior Citizens9.2%
Employed Population 16+150,494
Age of the Population30

Families

% of people married47.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher21.3%
Median Earnings25+$36,128
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,184
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,192

Wealth

Median Family Income$63,336
% Above Poverty Level80.3%
% Below Poverty Level19.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home3%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation1%

Housing

People Living Alone20.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,005
Median House Value$214,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)67%
German7.2%
Irish5.4%
English4.6%
Italian2.6%
French Except Basque1.5%
Scottish1%
Swedish0.8%
Arab0.8%
Dutch0.7%
Norwegian0.6%
African0.6%
Portuguese0.6%
Polish0.6%
Russian0.4%
Welsh0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Greek0.2%
Basque0.2%
Nigerian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Czech0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
US/American0.1%
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Bakersfield Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kern County
Standard Zip Codes93301, 93304, 93305, 93306, 93307, 93308, 93309, 93311, 93312, 93314, 93313
P.O. Box Zip Codes93302, 93303, 93380, 93384, 93385, 93386, 93387, 93388, 93389, 93390, 93383
Phone Area Codes661,805
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude35.38
Approximate Longitude-119.02

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)

StationBAKERSFIELD KERN CO AP
Distance4.5 miles
Jan Temp39 to 56 F
Apr Temp50 to 76 F
Jul Temp69 to 97 F
Oct Temp55 to 80 F
Annual Precip6.4 inches
StationKERN RIVER PH 1
Distance14.7 miles
Jan Temp43 to 60 F
Apr Temp54 to 79 F
Jul Temp75 to 101 F
Oct Temp62 to 84 F
Annual Precip10.7 inches
StationWASCO
Distance24.4 miles
Jan Temp37 to 57 F
Apr Temp47 to 78 F
Jul Temp63 to 99 F
Oct Temp49 to 82 F
Annual Precip7.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Arvin20,562$36,264
McFarland13,391$32,857
Shafter17,801$44,315
Wasco26,061$41,102

Bakersfield Public Libraries

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

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Bakersfield Hospitals

Bakersfield Memorial Hospital- 34th Street
(Non-profit)
420 - 34th Street
Good Samaritan Hospital-bakersfield
(Non-profit)
901 Olive Drive
Mercy Southwest Hospital
(Non-profit)
400 Old River Rd
Crestwood Psychiatric Health Facility 2
(Proprietary)
6700 Eucalyptus Drive, Ste C
(661) 363-5947
Healthsouth Bakersfield Rehabilitation Hospital
(Proprietary)
5001 Commerce Drive
Bakersfield Heart Hospital
(Proprietary)
3001 Sillect Avenue
Good Samaritan Hospital-southwest D/p Aph
(Non-profit)
5201 White Lane
Kern Medical Center
(Government - Local)
1700 Mount Vernon Avenue
Mercy Hospital - Bakersfield
(Non-profit)
2215 Truxtun Avenue
San Joaquin Community Hospital
(Proprietary)
2615 Chester Avenue

Bakersfield Public Schools

Bakersfield High
1241 G St.
ZIP: 93301
High
Total Enrollment 2790
Downtown Elementary
2021 M St.
ZIP: 93301
Primary
Total Enrollment 314
Franklin Elementary
2400 Truxtun Ave.
ZIP: 93301
Primary
Total Enrollment 479
Kern County Community
1300 17th St. City Centre
ZIP: 93301
Other
Total Enrollment 1101
Kern County Juvenile Court
1300 17th St.
ZIP: 93301
Other
Total Enrollment 371
Kern County Special Education
1300 17th St., City Centre
ZIP: 93301
Other
Total Enrollment 503
Stella I. Hills Elementary
3800 Jewett Ave.
ZIP: 93301
Primary
Total Enrollment 549
Valley Oaks Charter
3501 Chester Ave.
ZIP: 93301
Other
Total Enrollment 1242
Amy B. Seibert Elementary
2800 Agate St.
ZIP: 93304
Primary
Total Enrollment 764
Emerson Middle
801 Fourth St.
ZIP: 93304
Middle
Total Enrollment 737
Evergreen Elementary
2600 Rose Marie Dr.
ZIP: 93304
Primary
Total Enrollment 611
Frank West Elementary
2400 Benton St.
ZIP: 93304
Primary
Total Enrollment 727
Leo G. Pauly Elementary
313 Planz Rd.
ZIP: 93304
Primary
Total Enrollment 731
Mckinley Elementary
601 Fourth St.
ZIP: 93304
Primary
Total Enrollment 773
Plantation Elementary
901 Plantation Ave.
ZIP: 93304
Primary
Total Enrollment 682
Planz Elementary
2400 Planz Rd.
ZIP: 93304
Primary
Total Enrollment 723
Rafer Johnson
1001 10th St.
ZIP: 93304
Primary
Total Enrollment 52
Rafer Johnson Childrens Center
1100 Ninth St.
ZIP: 93304
Roosevelt Elementary
2324 Verde St.
ZIP: 93304
Primary
Total Enrollment 431
Sequoia Middle
900 Belle Terr.
ZIP: 93304
Middle
Total Enrollment 1096
South High
1101 Planz Rd.
ZIP: 93304
High
Total Enrollment 1967
Vista Continuation High
200 P St.
ZIP: 93304
High
Total Enrollment 228
W. A. Kendrick Elementary
2200 Faith Ave.
ZIP: 93304
Primary
Total Enrollment 802
William Penn Elementary
2201 San Emidio St.
ZIP: 93304
Primary
Total Enrollment 286
Bessie E. Owens Intermediate
815 Eureka St.
ZIP: 93305
Middle
Total Enrollment 579
College Heights Elementary
2551 Sunny Ln.
ZIP: 93305
Primary
Total Enrollment 884
Jefferson Elementary
816 Lincoln St.
ZIP: 93305
Primary
Total Enrollment 525
Longfellow Elementary
1900 Stockton St.
ZIP: 93305
Primary
Total Enrollment 818
Myra A. Noble Elementary
1015 Noble Ave.
ZIP: 93305
Primary
Total Enrollment 925
Washington Middle
1101 Noble Ave.
ZIP: 93305
Middle
Total Enrollment 662
Williams Elementary
1201 Williams St.
ZIP: 93305
Primary
Total Enrollment 463
Cesar E. Chavez Elementary
4201 Mesa Marin Dr.
ZIP: 93306
Primary
Total Enrollment 642
Chipman Junior High
2905 Eissler St.
ZIP: 93306
Middle
Total Enrollment 809
Colonel Howard Nichols Elementary
3401 Renegade Ave.
ZIP: 93306
Primary
Total Enrollment 762
Compton Junior High
3211 Pico Ave.
ZIP: 93306
Middle
Total Enrollment 623
Dr. Douglas K. Fletcher Elementary
9801 Highland Knolls Dr.
ZIP: 93306
Primary
Total Enrollment 555
Dr. Juliet Thorner Elementary
5501 Thorner St.
ZIP: 93306
Primary
Total Enrollment 874
East Bakersfield High
2200 Quincy St.
ZIP: 93306
High
Total Enrollment 2114
Foothill High
501 Park Dr.
ZIP: 93306
High
Total Enrollment 1857
Harding Elementary
3201 Pico Ave.
ZIP: 93306
Primary
Total Enrollment 549
Henry Eissler Elementary
2901 Eissler St.
ZIP: 93306
Primary
Total Enrollment 625
Highland High
2900 Royal Scots Way
ZIP: 93306
High
Total Enrollment 1966
Horace Mann Elementary
2710 Niles St.
ZIP: 93306
Primary
Total Enrollment 859
Hort Elementary
2301 Park Dr.
ZIP: 93306
Primary
Total Enrollment 700
Orangewood Elementary
9600 Eucalyptus Dr.
ZIP: 93306
Primary
Total Enrollment 590
Paul L. Cato Middle
4115 Vineland Rd.
ZIP: 93306
Middle
Total Enrollment 725
Pioneer Drive Elementary
4404 Pioneer Dr.
ZIP: 93306
Primary
Total Enrollment 679
Ramon Garza Elementary
2901 Center St.
ZIP: 93306
Primary
Total Enrollment 996
Sierra Middle
3017 Center St.
ZIP: 93306
Middle
Total Enrollment 893
Voorhies Elementary
6001 Pioneer Dr.
ZIP: 93306
Primary
Total Enrollment 967
Walter Stiern Middle
2551 Morning Dr.
ZIP: 93306
Middle
Total Enrollment 1034
Bessie E. Owens Primary
815 Potomac Ave.
ZIP: 93307
Primary
Total Enrollment 753
Casa Loma Elementary
525 E. Casa Loma Dr.
ZIP: 93307
Primary
Total Enrollment 773
Edison Middle
721 S. Edison Rd.
ZIP: 93307
Middle
Total Enrollment 466
Fairfax Jr. High
1500 S. Fairfax Rd.
ZIP: 93307
Middle
Total Enrollment 504
Fairview Elementary
425 E. Fairview Rd.
ZIP: 93307
Primary
Total Enrollment 537
Fremont Elementary
607 Texas St.
ZIP: 93307
Primary
Total Enrollment 893
Golden Valley High
801 Hosking Ave.
ZIP: 93307
High
Total Enrollment 2418
Greenfield Community
725 Capitola Dr.
ZIP: 93307
Primary
Total Enrollment 20
Greenfield Middle
1109 Pacheco Rd.
ZIP: 93307
Middle
Total Enrollment 940
Horizon Elementary
7901 Monitor St.
ZIP: 93307
Primary
Total Enrollment 809
Kern High Roc
501 S. Mt. Vernon Ave.
ZIP: 93307
High
Leon H. Ollivier Middle
7310 Monitor St.
ZIP: 93307
Middle
Total Enrollment 1023
Mckee Middle
205 Mckee Rd.
ZIP: 93307
Middle
Total Enrollment 946
Mira Monte High
1800 S. Fairfax Rd.
ZIP: 93307
High
Total Enrollment 2004
Mountain View Middle
8001 Weedpatch Hwy
ZIP: 93307
Middle
Total Enrollment 578
Mt. Vernon Elementary
2161 Potomac Ave.
ZIP: 93307
Primary
Total Enrollment 851
Raffaello Palla Elementary
800 Fairview Rd.
ZIP: 93307
Primary
Total Enrollment 936
Shirley Lane Elementary
6714 Shirley Ln.
ZIP: 93307
Primary
Total Enrollment 593
Sunset
8301 Sunset Blvd.
ZIP: 93307
Middle
Total Enrollment 350
Tierra Del Sol Continuation High
3700 E. Belle Terrace
ZIP: 93307
High
Total Enrollment 391
Valle Verde Elementary
400 Berkshire Rd.
ZIP: 93307
Primary
Total Enrollment 988
Vineland Elementary
14327 Vineland Rd.
ZIP: 93307
Primary
Total Enrollment 473
Virginia Avenue Elementary
3301 Virginia Ave.
ZIP: 93307
Primary
Total Enrollment 675
Wayside Elementary
1000 Ming Ave.
ZIP: 93307
Primary
Total Enrollment 815
Zephyr Lane Elementary
6327 Zephyr Ln.
ZIP: 93307
Primary
Total Enrollment 640
Beardsley Elementary
1001 Roberts Ln.
ZIP: 93308
Primary
Total Enrollment 374
Beardsley Junior High
1001 Roberts Ln.
ZIP: 93308
Middle
Total Enrollment 325
Discovery Elementary
7500 Vaquero Ave.
ZIP: 93308
Primary
Total Enrollment 872
Highland Elementary
2900 Barnett St.
ZIP: 93308
Primary
Total Enrollment 844
North Beardsley Elementary
900 Sanford Dr.
ZIP: 93308
Primary
Total Enrollment 622
North High
300 Galaxy Ave.
ZIP: 93308
High
Total Enrollment 1585
Olive Drive Elementary
7800 Darrin Ave.
ZIP: 93308
Primary
Total Enrollment 558
San Lauren Elementary
5210 Victor St.
ZIP: 93308
Primary
Total Enrollment 432
Standard Elementary
115 E. Minner Ave.
ZIP: 93308
Primary
Total Enrollment 537
Standard Middle
1222 N. Chester Ave.
ZIP: 93308
Middle
Total Enrollment 939
Vista West Continuation High
7115 Rosedale Hwy.
ZIP: 93308
High
Total Enrollment 273
Wingland Elementary
701 Douglas St.
ZIP: 93308
Primary
Total Enrollment 801
Caroline Harris Elementary
4110 Garnsey Ln.
ZIP: 93309
Primary
Total Enrollment 512
Charles H. Castle Elementary
6001 Edgemont Dr.
ZIP: 93309
Primary
Total Enrollment 704
Curran Middle
1116 Lymric Way
ZIP: 93309
Middle
Total Enrollment 828
Fred L. Thompson Junior High
4200 Planz Rd.
ZIP: 93309
Middle
Total Enrollment 741
Kern Workforce 2000 Academy
5801 Sundale Ave.
ZIP: 93309
High
Total Enrollment 406
Laurelglen Elementary
2601 El Portal Dr.
ZIP: 93309
Primary
Total Enrollment 606
Louise Sandrini Elementary
4100 Alum Ave.
ZIP: 93309
Primary
Total Enrollment 582
Munsey Elementary
3801 Brave Ave.
ZIP: 93309
Primary
Total Enrollment 717
O. J. Actis Junior High
2400 W.holme Blvd.
ZIP: 93309
Middle
Total Enrollment 676
Quailwood Elementary
7301 Remington Ave.
ZIP: 93309
Primary
Total Enrollment 406
Stine Elementary
4300 Wilson Rd.
ZIP: 93309
Primary
Total Enrollment 716
Stockdale Elementary
7801 Kroll Way
ZIP: 93309
Primary
Total Enrollment 628
Wayne Van Horn Elementary
5501 Kleinpell Ave.
ZIP: 93309
Primary
Total Enrollment 575
West High
1200 New Stine Rd.
ZIP: 93309
High
Total Enrollment 2124
Buena Vista Elementary
6547 Buena Vista Rd.
ZIP: 93311
Primary
Total Enrollment 917
Christa Mcauliffe Elementary
8900 W.wold Dr.
ZIP: 93311
Primary
Total Enrollment 549
Earl Warren Junior High
4615 Mountain Vista Dr.
ZIP: 93311
Middle
Total Enrollment 859
Independence High
8001 Old River Rd.
ZIP: 93311
High
Total Enrollment 2048
Lakeside
14535 Old River Rd.
ZIP: 93311
Primary
Total Enrollment 562
Leo B. Hart Elementary
9501 Ridge Oak Dr.
ZIP: 93311
Primary
Total Enrollment 700
Old River Elementary
9815 Campus Park Dr.
ZIP: 93311
Primary
Total Enrollment 890
Ronald Reagan Elementary
10800 Rosslyn Ln.
ZIP: 93311
Primary
Total Enrollment 942
Sing Lum Elementary
4600 Chaney Ln.
ZIP: 93311
Primary
Total Enrollment 711
Stockdale High
2800 Buena Vista Rd.
ZIP: 93311
High
Total Enrollment 2087
Tevis Junior High
3901 Pin Oak Park Blvd.
ZIP: 93311
Middle
Total Enrollment 733
Almondale Elementary
10510 Chippewa St.
ZIP: 93312
Primary
Total Enrollment 675
American Elementary
800 Verdugo
ZIP: 93312
Primary
Total Enrollment 683
Centennial High
8601 Hageman Rd.
ZIP: 93312
High
Total Enrollment 1969
Columbia Elementary
703 Mondavi Way
ZIP: 93312
Primary
Total Enrollment 531
Endeavour Elementary
9300 Meacham Rd.
ZIP: 93312
Primary
Total Enrollment 739
Freedom Middle
11445 Noriega Rd.
ZIP: 93312
Middle
Total Enrollment 642
Fruitvale Junior High
2114 Calloway Dr.
ZIP: 93312
Middle
Total Enrollment 711
Independence Elementary
2345 Old Farm Rd.
ZIP: 93312
Primary
Total Enrollment 616
Liberty High
925 Jewetta Ave.
ZIP: 93312
High
Total Enrollment 1926
Norris Elementary
7110 Old Farm Rd.
ZIP: 93312
Primary
Total Enrollment 979
Norris Middle
6940 Calloway Dr.
ZIP: 93312
Middle
Total Enrollment 939
Patriot Elementary
4410 Old Farm Rd.
ZIP: 93312
Primary
Total Enrollment 743
Rosedale Middle
12463 Rosedale Hwy.
ZIP: 93312
Middle
Total Enrollment 651
Rosedale-north Elementary
11500 Meacham Ave.
ZIP: 93312
Primary
Total Enrollment 431
Veterans Elementary
6301 Old Farm Rd.
ZIP: 93312
Primary
Total Enrollment 1005
William B. Bimat Elementary
8600 N.shore Dr.
ZIP: 93312
Primary
Total Enrollment 560
Berkshire Elementary
3900 Berkshire Rd.
ZIP: 93313
Primary
Total Enrollment 1003
Bill L. Williams Elementary
5601 Harris Rd.
ZIP: 93313
Primary
Total Enrollment 820
Donald E. Suburu
7315 Harris Rd.
ZIP: 93313
Primary
Total Enrollment 712
Douglas J. Miller Elementary
7345 Mountain Ridge Dr.
ZIP: 93313
Primary
Total Enrollment 857
General Shafter Elementary
1825 Shafter Rd.
ZIP: 93313
Primary
Total Enrollment 153
Granite Pointe Elementary
2900 Berkshire Rd.
ZIP: 93313
Primary
Total Enrollment 939
Panama Elementary
9400 Stine Rd.
ZIP: 93313
Primary
Total Enrollment 799
Ridgeview High
8501 Stine Rd.
ZIP: 93313
High
Total Enrollment 2278
Roy W. Loudon Elementary
4000 Loudon St.
ZIP: 93313
Primary
Total Enrollment 807
Stonecreek Junior High
8000 Akers Rd.
ZIP: 93313
Middle
Total Enrollment 890
Centennial Elementary
15200 W.dale Dr.
ZIP: 93314
Primary
Total Enrollment 512
Del Rio Elementary
600 Hidalgo Dr.
ZIP: 93314
Primary
Total Enrollment 444
Frontier High
6401 Allen Rd.
ZIP: 93314
High
Total Enrollment 2324
Rio Bravo Elementary
22725 Elem Ln.
ZIP: 93314
Primary
Total Enrollment 584
Rio Bravo-greeley Elementary
6601 Enos Ln.
ZIP: 93314
Middle
Total Enrollment 451

Bakersfield Private Schools

Bethel Apostolic Academy
1418 W Columbus St
ZIP: 93301
Elementary
Total Enrollment 53
Full Quiver Christian
2428 H St
ZIP: 93301
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 6
Agapeland Christian Academy
1030 4th St
ZIP: 93304
Elementary
Total Enrollment 22
St Francis Parish School
2516 Palm St
ZIP: 93304
Elementary
Total Enrollment 498
Carden School Of Bakersfield
714 Columbus St # A
ZIP: 93305
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
Garces Memorial High School
2800 Loma Linda Dr
ZIP: 93305
Secondary
Total Enrollment 614
Our Lady Of Perpetual Help School
124 Columbus St
ZIP: 93305
Elementary
Total Enrollment 324
Bakersfield Adventist Academy
3333 Bernard St
ZIP: 93306
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 113
Heritage Christian Schools
2401 Bernard St
ZIP: 93306
Elementary
Total Enrollment 217
Bethel Christian School
2236 E California Ave
ZIP: 93307
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 59
Harvest Christian Academy
110 Mckee Rd
ZIP: 93307
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 17
Our Lady Of Guadalupe School
609 E California Ave
ZIP: 93307
Elementary
Total Enrollment 128
Valley Schools
2300 E Brundage Ln
ZIP: 93307
Elementary
Total Enrollment 178
Golden State Baptist Schools
427 Woodrow Ave
ZIP: 93308
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Northwest Christian Schools
7220 Rosedale Hwy
ZIP: 93308
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 48
Olive Knolls Christian School
6201 Fruitvale
ZIP: 93308
Elementary
Total Enrollment 105
Trinity Christian School
1510 Mccray St
ZIP: 93308
Elementary
Total Enrollment 17
Little Red School House
4601 California Ave
ZIP: 93309
Elementary
Total Enrollment 58
Stockdale Christian Schools
4901 California Ave
ZIP: 93309
Elementary
Total Enrollment 612
Valley Achievement Center
7300 Ming Ave
ZIP: 93309
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 18
St Johns Lutheran School
4500 Buena Vista Rd
ZIP: 93311
Elementary
Total Enrollment 376
Country Christian School
2416 Dean Ave
ZIP: 93312
Elementary
Total Enrollment 158
New Life Christian School
4201 Stine Rd
ZIP: 93313
Elementary
Total Enrollment 81
Bakersfield Christian High School
12775 Stockdale Hwy
ZIP: 93314
Secondary
Total Enrollment 462
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