Bakersfield, California

Bakersfield: The fifth most populous city in California and the center of the Bakersfield metropolitan area. It is located in the southern San Joaquin Valley in central California. Bakersfield is known for its oil industry, its agriculture, and its many attractions, such as the Kern County Museum and the California Living Museum.


Bakersfield is a city located in the county of Kern in the U.S. state of California. Its population at the 2010 census was 347,483. After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 385,725 inhabitants.

The city was created 155 years ago in 1868.

Bakersfield is a city located in central California, about 110 miles north of Los Angeles. With over 385,000 residents, it is the 9th largest city in the state.

Founded as a railroad town, Bakersfield has become an important agricultural and oil production hub. It offers a more affordable cost of living compared to major California cities.

Top Attractions and Activities

Kern County Museum

This museum covers regional history from Native American settlements to the oil boom. Historic buildings, antique cars, and a working blacksmith shop bring the past to life.

Crystal Palace & Mineral Center

View an impressive collection of crystals, gems, minerals, and fossils from around the world. The Blauw-Soo Crystal Cave replica is a highlight.

Buck Owens' Crystal Palace

Tour the performance venue and learn about the Bakersfield music sound at the Buck Owens museum. Local country acts still play regularly on the Palace stage.

Kern River

The Kern River Parkway Trail follows the Kern River through the city, offering walking, biking, and views of nature and wildlife.

Farmersville Farmers Market

This large open-air market runs April-September. Browse fresh local produce, meats, baked goods and specialty foods as well as arts and crafts.

Planning Your Visit

Bakersfield has very hot, dry summers. Spring and fall are ideal times to visit.

Downtown has some historic lodging options, while national chains are plentiful near highways.

Getting around the city by car is straightforward with ample parking. Regional bus and Amtrak service are also available.

For a more relaxed California getaway focused on history, nature and agriculture, be sure to visit vibrant Bakersfield. Let me know if you would like me to modify or expand on anything in this initial draft.

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Location of Bakersfield on California map.

Quick Facts about Bakersfield

Population : 385,725 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : California (United States)
County : Kern County
Postal code : 93220, 93241, 93301–93309, 93311–93314, 93263, 93380–93390, 93399
Phone Area Codes : 661
Water as percent of area : 1.01%
Land as percent of area : 98.99%
Legislative body : Bakersfield City Council
Altitude : 404 feet / 123 meters
Capital city : Bakersfield is capital of Kern County
Establishment : January 01, 1869 (155 years ago)
Time Zone : UTC−08:00
Local time : 11:21:12 (29th May 2024)
Population growth : 9.91% (2010-2020)
BakersfieldSkyline image
BakersfieldSkyline image


Bakersfield is located at 35°22'24"N 119°1'7"W (35.3732900, -119.0187100).

Bakersfield map

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The population of Bakersfield increased by 9.91% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 347,483 - census
2011 353,221 1.62% estimation process
2012 357,312 1.14% estimation process
2013 362,834 1.52% estimation process
2014 366,954 1.12% estimation process
2015 371,348 1.18% estimation process
2016 374,699 0.89% estimation process
2017 377,940 0.86% estimation process
2018 381,714 0.99% estimation process
2019 384,145 0.63% estimation process
2020 385,725 0.41% estimation process

Bakersfield zip code is 93301. County name: Kern, County fips: 06029

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People born in Bakersfield (200)

People born in Bakersfield, including country singer, songwriter, and guitarist Merle Haggard, writer Pam Muñoz Ryan, actress Kelli Garner, .


  • Jonathan Davis (American singer and musician) he was born in 18/01/1971
  • Nikki Blue (American basketball player) she was born in 29/03/1984
  • Reginald Arvizu (American musician) he was born in 02/11/1969
  • Brian Welch (American guitarist) he was born in 19/06/1970
  • Robert Beltran (American actor) he was born in 19/11/1953
  • David Benoit (American jazz pianist, composer and producer (born 1953)) he was born in 18/08/1953
  • Joanne Linville (actress) she was born in 15/01/1928
  • Sigrid Valdis (American actress (1935-2007)) she was born in 21/09/1935
  • Félix Enríquez Alcalá (American film and television director) he was born in 07/03/1951
  • Erik Paulsen (American politician) he was born in 14/05/1965
  • Marc Davis (American artist and animator) he was born in 30/03/1913
  • J. R. Sakuragi (basketball player) he was born in 30/10/1976
  • Larsen Jensen (American swimmer, Olympic silver medalist) he was born in 01/09/1985
  • Steve Purdy (American soccer player) he was born in 05/02/1985
  • Derek Mears (American actor) he was born in 29/04/1972
  • Ryan Mathews (American football player, running back) he was born in 10/10/1987
  • David Carr (American football player, quarterback) he was born in 21/07/1979
  • Kevin Harvick (American racing driver) he was born in 08/12/1975

Schools in Bakersfield

College & universities near Bakersfield, CA

Code Name City ZIP
457077 Milan Institute-Bakersfield Bakersfield (CA) 93301
118134 Lyle's College of Beauty Bakersfield (CA) 93301
489760 Milan Institute-Bakersfield West Bakersfield (CA) 93308-9301
482291 UEI College-Bakersfield Bakersfield (CA) 93308-0000
122834 Santa Barbara Business College-Bakersfield Bakersfield (CA) 93309

Stations (13)

Amtrak & bus stations near Bakersfield, CA

Code Name Address Type
BFD Bakersfield 601 Truxtun Ave RAIL
WAC Wasco station 700 G Street RAIL
TEH Tehachapi, California Westside of Mullbery Street BUS
MOJ Mojave, California 15900 Sierra Highway BUS
COC Corcoran station 1099 Otis Ave. RAIL

Post offices near Bakersfield

Post Office Name City ZIP
Downtown Bakersfield Post Office Bakersfield (CA) 93301
East Bakersfield Post Office Bakersfield (CA) 93305
Brundag Post Office Bakersfield (CA) 93307
Minner Post Office Bakersfield (CA) 93308
Stockdal Post Office Bakersfield (CA) 93309

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Other cities in Kern County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Kern County , CA. (more)

City Name Population Title
Delano 53,041 A city in Kern County, California.
Oildale 32,684 Census-designated place in Kern County, California
Ridgecrest 29,135 City in California
Wasco 28,734 City in California
Arvin 21,757 City in Kern County, California, United States
Shafter 20,739 City in Kern County, California, United States
Rosamond 18,150 Census-designated place in Kern County, California
Greenfield 17,644 City in Monterey County, California, United States
Lamont 15,120 Census-designated place in Kern County, California
California City 14,198 City in Kern County, California
Tehachapi 12,746 City in California
McFarland 12,482 City in Kern County, California, United States
Golden Hills 8,656 Census designated place
Taft 8,488 City in Kern County, California, United States
Alta Sierra 7,047 Census-designated place in Nevada County, California
Indian Wells 5,544 Town in California

Distance to Other Cities

Bakersfield distances to largest California cities