Bakersfield, CA
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Bakersfield is a large city located in the state of California. With a population of 380,874 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 (12.16%), sales jobs (10.56%), and management occupations (8.76%).

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.

One important feature of Bakersfield is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 83.87% 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 education level of Bakersfield citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 21.47% of adults in Bakersfield have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Bakersfield in 2010 was $25,044, 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 $100,176 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 49.22% 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.

In addition, Bakersfield has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.67%).

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