Bakersfield is located in the southern part of San Joaquin Valley in Kern County, California. It is conveniently located 110 miles north of Los Angeles. It is the ninth-largest city in California and situated at the gateway of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
The city has a diverse economy, including oil, agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing, distribution and corporate/regional headquarters. Bakersfield is the fourth-largest producer of agriculture in California and produces 76 percent of California oil.
Bakersfield is known for dry, hot summers and short cool winters, as well as approximately 272 sunny days a year.
A fast-growing city, Bakersfield's population increased 43.6 percent between 2000 and 2012, with approximately 524,000 people its metro area.
Arts and Entertainment
From outdoor activities to shopping to live music, there is no shortage of things to do in Bakersfield.
The city is home to 59 city parks on 494 acres and more than 100 miles of bike paths and lanes. It has received a Tree City USA designation for 16 consecutive years. The nearby Kern River Parkway features more than 6,000 acres of trails, waterways and parks.
The Bakersfield Community Theater is the oldest continually operating community theater in the state. Jazz lovers can enjoy the annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival. Country music fans can enjoy Buck Owens' Crystal Palace, which has been nominated numerous times by the Academy of Country Music as Nightclub of the Year.
Foodies can relish the city's lively culinary scene, which boasts the most Basque restaurants of any city in the United States.
Sports enthusiasts can enjoy the city's pro sports teams, including ice hockey, baseball, basketball and auto racing.