Bakersfield, CA
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Bakersfield is a large city located in the state of California. With a population of 373,640 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 (12.68%), sales jobs (10.33%), and management occupations (8.22%).

Bakersfield is one of the most car-oriented large cities in America. A full 0.83% of people drive their car alone to work each day. If you like to drive, you'll love it. And you better. Because walking to work is just not a viable option for most people who live in Bakersfield. Highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers are part of the common Bakersfield landscape.

The percentage of adults in Bakersfield who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.86% of the adults in Bakersfield have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Bakersfield in 2010 was $23,962, which is middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $95,848 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 47.45% 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 .

Bakersfield also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 18.80%.

The most common language spoken in Bakersfield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Indic languages.