Bakersfield, CA

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Living in Bakersfield

Bakersfield is a large city located in the state of California. With a population of 403,455 people and 151 constituent neighborhoods, Bakersfield is the ninth largest community in California.

Unlike some cities, Bakersfield isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Bakersfield are a mix 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 (11.44%), sales jobs (9.91%), and management occupations (8.50%).

One thing noticeable about Bakersfield, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Bakersfield is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Bakersfield a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Bakersfield is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

One important feature of Bakersfield is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 85.86% of people commute to and from work every day by private automobile, eschewing alternative forms of transportation, which are not widely available in Bakersfield anyway. So, if you like to drive, Bakersfield is the city for you! The landscape around Bakersfield reflects this: wide streets, parking lots, plenty of highways, malls, and shopping centers are what you'll find.

The population of Bakersfield overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Bakersfield, 22.61% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Bakersfield in 2018 was $27,309, which is lower middle income relative to California, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $109,236 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 51.11% 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Bakersfield include German, English, Irish, Italian, and European.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Bakersfield's cultural character, accounting for 19.15% 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.