Income/capita 18%
Household income 6%
Unemployment 40%
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Income per capita$24,392$31,458$29,829
Median household income$58,669$63,783$55,322
Median income owner occupied$78,156$86,568$70,586
Median income renter occupied$37,979$43,419$35,192
Median earnings male$36,692$36,599$36,919
Median earnings female$23,236$27,020$26,250
Unemployment rate6.5%5.5%4.7%
Poverty level19.7%15.8%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Bakersfield is 18% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Bakersfield is 6% higher than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Bakersfield is 40% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Bakersfield is 30% higher than the national average

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      Bakersfield employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry11.0%1.4%
      Manufacturing sector7.4%8.3%
      Financial & insurance services2.1%4.6%
      Wholesale & retail services16.6%14.4%
      Public administration6.2%5.3%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities8.2%1.5%
      Education, health & social services11.4%37.0%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Rosedale, CA17,050$115,841109.4%
      Greenacres, CA4,737$62,04312.1%
      Cherokee Strip, CA164$51,2507.4%
      Edmundson Acres, CA333$45,00018.7%
      Shafter, CA17,801$41,08525.7%
      Bakersfield, CA367,555$58,6696.1%

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Tampa, FL361,477$45,87417.1%
      Markham, ON359,111n/a 
      New Orleans, LA382,922$37,48832.2%
      Arlington, TX383,899$53,5743.2%
      Aurora, CO351,131$55,3030.0%
      Bakersfield, CA367,555$58,6696.1%
      Source: The Bakersfield, CA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).