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Bakersfield, California - Basic Facts

The City of Bakersfield is the 9th largest city in California with a population of 381,201 as of July 1, 2017. Bakersfield ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Bakersfield is located at latitude 35.3535 and longitude -119.0349 in Kern County. The formal boundaries for the City of Bakersfield (see map below) encompass a land area of 148.55 sq. miles and a water area of 1.44 sq. miles. Kern County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 404 feet.

The City of Bakersfield (GNIS ID: 2409774) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Bakersfield is located within Bakersfield CCD of Kern County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Bakersfield population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Bakersfield: Alkali City, Baker's Field, Kern Island.

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Bakersfield, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 381,201
Daytime Population: Workers 147,565
Daytime Population: Residents 225,599
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 373,164
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.98
Population in Households 378,634
Population in Familes 325,967
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,567
Population Density2 2,566
Diversity Index3 85


Median Household Income $57,450
Average Household Income $79,923
Per Capita Income $25,495


Total Housing Units 129,884 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 70,359 (54.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 49,558 (38.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 9,967 ( 7.7%)
Median Home Value $251,427
Average Home Value $293,300


Total Households 119,917
Average Household Size 3.16
Family Households 89,816
Average Family Size 4
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.28% 1.14%
Households 1.05% 0.98%
Families 1.07% 1.0%
Median Household Income   1.55%
Per Capita Income   2.34%

Bakersfield, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bakersfield to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 9 99th
Population Density # 530 65th
Diversity Index # 176 88th
Median Household Income # 722 52nd
Per Capita Income # 938 38th

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