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A+ Bakersfield Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Bakersfield Cost of Living Cost of living is 17% lower than California
11616% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Bakersfield cost of living
F Bakersfield Crime Total crime is 65% higher than California
Total crime
4,66681% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2281% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-7%Year over year crime is down
Bakersfield crime
D- Bakersfield Employment Household income is 8% lower than California
Median household income
$58,6696% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$24,39218% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%40% higher than the US average
Bakersfield employment
B- Bakersfield Housing Home value is 48% lower than California
Median home value
$214,60016% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,0056% higher than the US average
Home ownership
57%11% lower than the US average
Bakersfield real estate or Bakersfield rentals
F Bakersfield Schools HS graduation rate is 5% lower than California
High school grad. rates
76%8% lower than the US average
School test scores
29%40% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:129% higher than the US average
Bakersfield K-12 schools or Bakersfield colleges

Living in Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield, California is a big city with a population of 367,555 inhabitants. If we look at the most recent Census, Bakersfield is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Black and Asian. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Bakersfield are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 34% of the population also speak Spanish. Bakersfield could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 30 years old is below the nation’s average.

Living in Bakersfield can be a fulfilling experience for anyone moving to the town. Having said that, in the state of California, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! Using the livability score which includes data from categories like cost of living, weather, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Bakersfield and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Bakersfield to California and the national average.

The livability score in Bakersfield is 66/100 and the city is ranked in the 44th percentile of all cities across America. For each of the livability categories, we know that Bakersfield ranks very well for amenities (A+), weather (A-) and housing (B-). Bakersfield does not fare well for the following: crime (F), cost of living (F), education (F) and employment (D-). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Bakersfield, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Crystal Palace and Museum, California Area Living Museum (CALM), and Kern County Museum.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Bakersfield is real estate affordability. The median home price for Bakersfield homes is $214,600, which is 47.6% lower than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Bakersfield, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.7, which is 42.2% lower than the California average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Bakersfield will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Bakersfield, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 4.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7%.

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Compare Bakersfield, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Bakersfield, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Tevis Ranch, Bakersfield775.24,865
The Oaks, Bakersfield764.25,036
Stockdale Estates, Bakersfield762.82,438
Quailwood, Bakersfield752.11,321
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Csu Bakersfield, Bakersfield753.91,995
Hillcrest, Bakersfield754.86,222
Amberton, Bakersfield732.71,223
Castle Ranch, Bakersfield735.92,903

Best Cities Near Bakersfield, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Idlewild, CA7937.615
Poso Park, CA7838.74
Posey, CA76379
McClenney Tract, CA73392
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Rosedale, CA716.617,050
Greenacres, CA715.14,737
South Taft, CA7028.41,423
Sugarloaf Saw Mill, CA7040.70

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Areavibes Forgot to Add Bakersfield to the 10 Worst Cities to Live List

I have lived in the Bakersfield area the past 20 years and I am originally from Tehachap,i so I am qualified to write an accurate review.

First, much of the city is uneducated. Of course we do have a 4 year university as well as a local junior college but the majority of people do not have college degrees.

Bakersfield has a "bad side" of town and also a side that is "becoming" bad due to several factors. The east side of Bakersfield, the SE, Ouldale, as well as downtown Bakersfield are all areas riddled with crime. On most years we have about 100 murders, dozens of sexual assaults, and lots of violent and property crime. We also have many people who turn up missing, we find human body parts in our lakes, and so forth. Much of this is due to the fact that Bakersfield has a horrific drug and homeless problem. In fact, other cities put their homeless on the bus and ship them to Bakersfield!

The weather here is very poor. Sure, it is nice in the winter- usually. But unless you like 110 degrees, you ought to steer clear of this town! In addition to the bad weather is the poor air quality. Bakersfield has horrible air... some of the worst in the nation.

Housing costs are affordable, which is a big reason why people move here. However, our unemployment rate is going up thanks to the governor passing his questionable laws. As an example, many big oil companies are having to reduce their workforce or move to other states, such as Texas. And yes. Bakersfield has some nice restaurants but our city also has seen many closing their doors lately. We also have a high rate of restaurant closures due to failing health inspections.

To be honest, I'm not sure how Bakersfield did not make the list. They get higher grades for weather but people should take air quality into consideration as part of what makes up the weather. What good is a sunny day if you can't breathe outside?

Another major problem with our city has to do with the numerous road construction projects that are all going on simultaneously. Numerous accidents are occurring due to the city's negligence. The infrastructure is poor and the city is not accommodating to the growing population. Housing is scarce and some of the home rentals can be quite expensive... unless you live in a crime ridden area.... which is just about every area of town.

In sum, I can recap the city of Bakersfield in a little list for you. I hope that when I retire in 2022 I can move! People tend to get stuck here because the cost of living is low for Califirnia. That is a plus but we are trading that in for our health and sanity. The best thing about Bakersfield is the Buck Owen's Crystal Palace and Hodel's buffet. Anyjow... here is my list:

##  Bad Air.. worst in nation. Most everyone gets asthma or COPD

##  High Crime, murder rate

##  Lots of gangs... Bakersfield area is the cutoff between the northerners and the southerners

##  Crazy drivers/road projects everywhere

##  Bad, toxic water

##  Crime rate increasing as more and more move here from Los Angeles

##  Excess pollutants from agricultural spraying

##  High homeless rate now exploding as others bus their homeless to Bakersfield. We have a lot of hit and runs. Some of them are homeless who walk into the street without looking both ways.

##  Super hot summers; many temps over 110 in June, July, and August


##  Bedbugs in local theaters

##  Bakersfield high rate of dirty cops... steal drugs, shoot then ask questiins, etc. Just google it.

## High allergen area!

##  Kern County on San Andreas fault... One of the worlds worst earthquake faults

##  Highest number of prisons in any one area in nation... in 50 mile radius approx:
Kern Valley
North  Kern
Cal City
Wasco (2)
Lancaster prison (did I miss any?)

And finally.....


I hope this time next year I see Bakersfield on the list. If aresvibes really lioked at this city they'd realize it should be about a 57. And if you come to Bakersfield, be careful. With all the numerous road closures uou are apt to be involved in a traffic accident. Thank you!
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Worst place ever

I hate this dirty and polluted garbage city. So many rude people here. Conservative, judgemental, uneducated, aggressive, and careless; just a few terms to describe the people here in little Texas. Save yourself by not coming here!
  • 4 -3
Our family stay at Bakersfield California

I recently visited Bakersfield California, I was sent there on a business trip and decide to take my family along and make it a vacation, since we would be saving on one airplane ticket. The company had arranged the hotel, Marriot Bakersfield at the Convention Center. This was also major savings, since I only upgraded to a bigger suite to accommodate us all. We were picked up at the airport by a friendly Marriot driver who told us the ins and outs of Bakersfield.

So after 2 days of meetings and forums we were delighted to be in this city, the weather was perfect. We ventured to get some breakfast at Cope's Knotty Pine Café, where the only downside was the crowd. Once we were seated and served I had nothing bad on my plate, the food is out of this world. You must try their steak and eggs, or their biscuits and gravy.

After such delicious breakfast we went out for a walk, called Park at Riverwalk, has great trails for walking and riding your bikes, a very large lake, and I was impressed at how dog friendly this park was, it had doggy stations everywhere we looked.

Decided to window shop in Bakersfield. So after the girls made some candy purchases from Dewar's Candy and Ice cream parlor, might I add the chocolate soft ice cream hubby and I had was really rich and hit the spot. We went to downtown Bakersfield and Rosedale where we found little quaint boutiques offering high-end designer clothing.

At night we hit the town just hubby and I for a nice dinner date. At TL Maxwell's; we were not disappointed, very intimate, with great wine selection to go with our steaks.
  • 4 -4
Bakersfield, CA - Home of Black Gold and El Taquito

I have passed through and stayed in Bakersfield, CA countless times on trips between Northern California and Los Angeles. Although it has experienced the same explosive growth as other Central Valley communities over the last 20 years, Bakersfield seems to be different from the others. Whereas the other communities are typically tied to agriculture, Bakersfield also has a great deal of wealth from the Kern County oil deposits.

Because of this, areas of the city are extremely stately with majestic trees and beautiful homes. On the other hand, Bakersfield has also been home to a major country music scene, having been home to both Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Even with this strong music history, it offers a simple lifestyle. There are a few good restaurants in Bakersfield. If you find yourself near N Chester Ave, you've got to stop in at El Taquito. Delicious Tacos and reasonably priced!

Ultimately, though, Bakersfield's main attraction may very well be its proximity to much of what California has to offer. It is within a two hour drive of Los Angeles, Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park, the Mojave Spaceport, and the beaches of Ventura County. Because of this, it offers a combination of clean, simple smaller-town living with access to California's significant tourist assets.
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