Bakersfield is a large city located in the state of California. With a population of 376,380 people and 92 constituent neighborhoods, Bakersfield is the ninth largest community in California.
Bakersfield is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Bakersfield is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bakersfield who work in office and administrative support (12.03%), sales jobs (10.57%), and management occupations (8.64%).
One of the benefits of being a big city like Bakersfield is having a public transportation system, but in Bakersfield the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Bakersfield benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.
The education level of Bakersfield citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 21.31% of adults in Bakersfield have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Bakersfield in 2010 was $24,392, which is middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $97,568 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 48.33% 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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Bakersfield include Irish, English, Italian, and French .
Foreign born people are also an important part of Bakersfield's cultural character, accounting for 19.01% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Bakersfield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.