About Bakersfield, California
Bakersfield is a city in Kern County, California, United States, and it is the most populous city and county seat of Kern County. The city is located in the San Joaquin Valley, known as the “food basket of the world,” and has a diverse economy centered on industries such as agriculture, healthcare, oil, government, and distribution. Bakersfield is also renowned for its contributions to country music, with artists like Merle Haggard and Buck Owens hailing from the city. It is the ninth largest city in California by population and the 48th largest in the United States, with a population of over 420,522 as of 2024. The city is home to educational institutions such as Bakersfield College and California State Bakersfield, as well as various cultural attractions, including museums, a zoo, and botanical gardens. Bakersfield’s economy is centered on diverse industries, and it is known for its Basque restaurants and being the nation’s two largest carrot growers. The city has a rich history, having grown steadily throughout the 20th century, with expanding petroleum-based industries, livestock raising, and the mechanized farming of various crops. Bakersfield is also known for the “Bakersfield Sound,” a distinct genre of country music. The city’s population is diverse, with 53% of its population being Hispanic. Bakersfield is also known for its sunny weather, with an average of 272 sunny days per year.