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.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Bakersfield is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (12.98%), sales jobs (10.61%), and management occupations (8.53%).

Bakersfield is one of the most car-oriented large cities in America. A full 0.82% 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 education level of Bakersfield citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.71% of adults 25 and older in Bakersfield have a college degree.

The per capita income in Bakersfield in 2010 was $23,786, which is middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $95,144 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. The greatest number of Bakersfield residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Bakersfield also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 46.89% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Bakersfield include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

In addition, Bakersfield has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.45%).

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