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, 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 (12.68%), sales jobs (10.33%), and management occupations (8.22%).

One important feature of Bakersfield is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 0.83% 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, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.86% of adults 25 and older in Bakersfield have a college 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 .

Foreign born people are also an important part of Bakersfield's cultural character, accounting for 18.80% of the city’s population.

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