Life in Bakersfield, California

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Are you thinking of moving or relocating to Bakersfield, California? Would you like to know what the quality of life is like living in Bakersfield?
jason parker reports in this review:
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Things get very hot in Bakersfield, with highs close in the high 90's and record temperatures above 110. The average low is from 39 to 70 degrees. The record lows are below freezing. Rainfall is only about 6.5 inches annually.Gang violence is on the rise in Bakersfield and has only risen since 2000. There are close to 6,000 crimes in Bakersfield with close to 30 of them being homicides. Recently a man was arrested for producing child pornography in Bakersfield.The nice neighborhoods in Bakersfield include Seven Oaks, a series of planned communities all with well manicured tree lined streets and a golf course. In northeast Bakersfield there is the quiet rural area of Rio Bravo. Allot of white and Asians live in these areas. Bakersfield's east side is filled primarily with Mexicans and African Americans, the farming part of the town is definitely the poorest part of Bakersfield.People are still very friendly in Bakersfield. The farming community still keeps this town close to it's small town roots. 37% of the population is white, 20% is Hispanic, 8% African American and 6% Asian.
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The Valley Plaza Mall is great shopping destination in Bakersfield. It has a Macy's, Target, Reading Cinema and a Forever 21. The East Hills Mall has a Regency Theater and a Gamestop and is very popular.The best soul food restaurant in Bakersfield is J's Place. Moo Creamery is known for their ice cream and burgers. The best pizza in Bakersfield is located at Rusty's Pizza Parlor. Cope's Knotty Pine Cafe is another must stop spot for great food.Bakersfield is part of the largest school district in the state of California. With the motto "Where the child comes first" the public school system has a high number of graduates and also has several colleges for students who wish to move on.The singles scene is a little better for women than men. There seem to be allot more single men then women due to the amount of farmers in the area.
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The 5 freeway is very noisy and those living around the area have become accustomed to the noise. Farming can be loud also but there are a lack of people in the area to be bothered by the noise.Bakersfield is exactly in between Los Angeles and Fresno, both are 110 miles away from the city. Bakersfield has quite a bit in common with Fresno but not much with Los Angeles. Bakersfield is an older farming community that is still close to it's roots. Bakersfield does have allot of chain's that make it feel like a big city.The best hospitals in Bakersfield are San Joaquin Community Hospital, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, Sagebrush Medical Plaza and Mercy Southwest Hospital.Check out country musician Buck Owen's Crystal Palace and museum for a great experience. The Links is an amazing golf course open to the public. The Kern County Museum is a great stop if you want to learn about the history of the area.
General comments   
Bakersfield is a great little farming community. In Bakersfield you can still experience life the way it was in central California at the turn of the century. Even the downtown financial district doesn't have any buildings over 12 stories. This is a great city to explore and relax in.   
Bakersfield, California population: 347483

How many black people live in Bakersfield? How many white people?
Number of White People197349Percentage of White people56.8%
Number of Black People32437Percentage of Black people9.3%
Number of Hispanic People162591Percentage of Hispanic people46.8%
Number of Asian People27017Percentage of Asian people7.7%
Number of American Indian People9097Percentage of American Indian people2.6%

Note: Numbers may add up to >100% because some people are more than one race.

Bakersfield, California

Percent college grads: 19.9%
Percent grad school grads: 6.7%
Unemployment rate: 10.2
Median house value: 245100
Median income: 53997

How many singles in Bakersfield?

Single men ages 20-34Single women ages 20-34Ratio of single men to women age
23932214081.12men for each woman
Single men ages 35-44Single women ages 35-44Ratio of single men to women age
719378990.91men for each woman
Single men ages 45-54Single women ages 45-54Ratio of single men to women age
623777800.8men for each woman

Crimes in Bakersfield, California
CrimesAbsolute numbersAverage percentage chance of being a victim in
by typeof crimesOne YearFive Years
Aggr. Assault13960%2%
Auto Theft24551%4%

Weather History for Bakersfield, California

Bakersfield, California Basic Temperatue and Weather (30 year averages)
MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year0000062786165100
Realistic temperatures, taking into account precipitation, amount of sunlight during the day, winds during the day, and humidity during hot days.

MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year00002017686857135

How many hot humid days a year does Bakersfield, California have?
How many cloudy days a year does Bakersfield, California have?
How many sunny days a year does Bakersfield, California have? How sunny is it?
How many windy days a year does Bakersfield, California have? How windy is it?
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MonthNumber of hot, humid daysNumber of very windy daysNumber of windy daysNumber of somewhat windy daysNumber of calm daysNumber of clear daysNumber of moderately cloudly daysNumber of somewhat cloudy daysNumber of very cloudy days
Average year000151214240154168

(Note: Humidity, wind, and cloudcover information is based on (a) 30 year averages and in many cases (b) a large nearby weather station. If you're in an area with a lot of "micro climates" actual conditions may vary.)

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Sources of information: Census, FBI Crime Statistics, NOAA
Disclaimer: The information presented here are for the general population, assume the same rate of crime in the future, and an evenly distributed amount of crime throughout the city in question. They are not meant to accurately predict whether one person in particular will be a victim of crime. Percentages are based on the population of the city/town in question, except for burglaries, which are based on the number of households.