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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.
During the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, thousands of Okies flocked to the rich green farm country surrounding Bakersfield.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Bakersfield demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Kern County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Bakersfield area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 93309 ZIP code.
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.
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.
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
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.
Kern County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Bakersfield political report.
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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