Bakersfield, CA
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Bakersfield is a large city located in the state of California. With a population of 383,579 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 (10.79%), sales jobs (10.41%), and management occupations (8.70%).

Bakersfield is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Bakersfield. This makes Bakersfield a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Bakersfield presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

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: 84.80% 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 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, 21.81% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Bakersfield in 2010 was $26,323, 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 $105,292 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 49.55% 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, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

Bakersfield also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 18.38%.

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