Bakersfield, CA
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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%).

Of the large cities in America, Bakersfield is one of the most car-oriented. This is reflected in the urban landscape, which features highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers of all sizes. It is also reflected in the statistics: 0.83% of people in Bakersfield drive to work in their own car everyday, most often alone. So, if you're going to live in Bakersfield, you'll need to learn to love driving. Alternative forms of transportation aren't very widely used or supported.

The citizens of Bakersfield are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.31% of adults in Bakersfield having a bachelor's degree or advanced 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.