Learn more about Bakersfield California

Bakersfield, California is located near the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley, and the Central Valley region.  The population of Bakersfield, California is approximately 365,000 making it, believe it or not, the ninth most populated city in the state of California, and the 52nd most populated city in the United States.  Bakersfield, California is known for agriculture, and also oil production.  If you decide to visit Bakersfield, California and need money check out the link above for more information about Bakersfield, California short-term loans.

Bakersfield sound is also a unique genre of country music that has been created in Bakersfield.  Bakersfield is approximately 110 miles from LA, 234 from San Diego, 128 from Sequoia National Park, and 274 miles from San Francisco.  Did you know that Bakersfield is actually within a 4-hour drive of 90% of California’s population?

While Bakersfield is the 9th largest city in California, it still trails huge cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, and San Francisco.  However, what is interesting about Bakersfield, California is that from 2000 to 2010 it grew 43.6% in the population.

Some of the largest employees are State Farm Insurance, Chevron (the oil company) Nestle, and Frito-Lay. Bakersfield is located in Kent County, and Kern County is the 4th largest producing county in terms of agriculture production in the United States.  The county also produces approximately 78% of all the oil that is produced in California.


Some of the fun things to do there include:

  • Crystal Palace and Museum located at

2800 Buck Owens Blvd, Bakersfield, CA 93308-6314


This place gets rave reviews on good country music and the food.

  • California Area Living Museum located at

10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93306-9654


Which has lots of animals.

  • Kern County Museum located at

3801 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301-1345


Some of the highest rated restaurants in Bakersfield include:


  • Bakersfield Black Bear Diner

4.3 (190) · $ · American

Down-home chain serving all-day American comfort food & desserts in a woodsy setting.

Bakersfield, CA

  • Uricchio’s Trattoria

4.6 (106) · $$ · Fine Dining Restaurant

Reservations are recommended at this popular spot known for its big portions of hearty Italian food.

Bakersfield, CA

  • Hungry Hunter Steakhouse

4.2 (152) · $$ · Steak

This steakhouse’s menu includes the popular prime rib, extensive wine options & a happy hour.


Bakersfield doesn’t have any of the 4 major sports leagues that large cities traditional have.  No MLB, NFL, NBA, or NHL team.  Bakersfield, CA does have two minor league professional sports teams:  the Bakersfield Condors (which are part of the American Hockey League) and the Bakersfield Train Robbers baseball club (part of the Pecos League).  California’s League Bakersfield Blaze stopped operating in Bakersfield after 2016.  There are two colleges in Bakersfield.  The “Bakersfield College Renegades.”


Motorsports venues are located close to Bakersfield, California.  The venues include a drag drip, a dirt section, a road course (Buttonwillow Raceway) and a paved 1/2 mile oval at Kern County Raceway Park.  This replaced the Mesa Marin Raceway, which used to be a NASCAR associated oval track.  That track was torn down in 2004.   A 1/3rd of a mile dirt track has also been opened on the Kern County Raceway Park property.  The national jet boat association actually holds drag boat races at nearby Lake Ming.  Rick Mears, one of the few only 4 times Indianapolis 500 winners are from Bakersfield, as is the 2007 Daytona 500 winner and 2014 Nascar Spring Cup Champion Kevin Harvick.