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Bakersfield is a city in Kern County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after Col. Thomas Baker, founder who later died in a typhoid epidemic.

The latitude of Bakersfield is 35.373N. The longitude is -119.017W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 404 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 271,035.


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Median household income
Local
$39,982
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Bakersfield demographic reports
Bakersfield is on the Kern River, in the San Joaquin Valley.
Growth began with the discovery of gold and, later, oil.

During the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, thousands of Okies flocked to the rich green farm country surrounding Bakersfield.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,514. The number of murders and homicides was 24. The violent crime rate was 5.7 per 1,000 people.
Bakersfield received national attention for 1952 earthquake, which caused wide destruction.
Local foods: Basque cuisine
Filming location for:
· 1993 movie, "The Firm"
· 1959 movie, "North by Northwest"
Well-known residents have included:
· Frank Gifford, football player
· Merle Haggard, country singer
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Kern County Fair - Sept. 19-30, 2007
Dates often change. Check Bakersfield web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Kern County River Park
Sports teams: Blaze (minor league baseball), Condors (ECHL)
Historic sites and museums: Kern County Museum, Lori Brock Children's Discovery Center, California Living Museum, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Buena Vista Museum of Natural History
Colleges and universities: California State University, Bakersfield College, San Joaquin Valley College, Santa Barbara Business College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 101

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Ancestry & family history

11% of Bakersfield residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Bakersfield ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Bakersfield was $17,678, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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19% of Bakersfield residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Bakersfield, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $470.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,115.


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Libraries in Bakersfield include Baker Branch Library, Beale Memorial Library, Eleanor N Wilson Branch Library, Fire Department Branch Library, Holloway-Gonzales Branch Library, Northeast Branch Library, Rathbun Branch Library, Southwest Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Bakersfield include Bakersfield Californian

TV stations in Bakersfield include K08MM, KBAK, KERO, KGET, KTFB-CA, KUVI.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KPRX.

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Kern County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Bakersfield political report.

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The average commute time for Bakersfield workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 72 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Bakersfield between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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