Bakersfield, CA Profile: Facts & Data

Advertisement

Bakersfield Local Links & Resources:
Resources | ALL Bakersfield Content
Planning to visit Bakersfield? See Local Hotels

Also See: Bakersfield, CA ZIP Codes & ZIP Code Maps | Local Area Photos

Bakersfield, California - Basic Facts

The City of Bakersfield is the 9th largest city in California with a population of 386,456 as of July 1, 2019. 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 35.3733 and longitude -119.0187 in Kern County. The formal boundaries for the City of Bakersfield 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.

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

Jump to... (On This Page!)
  1. Bakersfield 2019 Demographic Data
  2. Growth Rates for Bakersfield (Historical & 5-Year Forecast)
  3. Peer Comparisons (Rank and Percentile)
  1. Neighborhoods Demographics (Home Values, Household Income, etc.)
  2. California Research Tools (Easy Tools & Current Data)
  3. California Data Comparison Tool - 2019 Demographics

Bakersfield, CA - Most Popular Things to Do

Also See: Nearby Photos | Nearby Hotels | Driving Directions

Use HTL Address Research for a California Address and get...

Boundary Maps, Demographic Data, School Zones Review maps and data for the neighborhood, city, county, ZIP Code, and school zone. July 1, 2019, data includes home values, household income, percentage of homes owned, rented or vacant, etc.


Advertisement

Bakersfield, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Bakersfield, CA Housing Affordability Index is 105
State of California Housing Affordability Index is 67
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Bakersfield, CA Wealth Index is 82
State of California Wealth Index is 123
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

These new demographic attributes are availiable for Neighborhoods, Cities, Counties, and ZIP Codes.

More Tools and Resources:

  1. For information about schools and school attendance zones, use the HTL Address Tool
  2. Our new HTL Neighborhood Explorer provides lots of detail about any neighborhood.
  3. The new 2-Minute Introduction and Concise Guide to Big Data which will help you make the most effective use of HomeTownLocator Tools.
  4. See the References & Data Sources page for more information about methodology and sources of data.
  5. See the California COVID-19 Data and US COVID-19 Data for more information on the spread of the novel coronavirus.

POPULATION

Total Population 386,456 (100%)
Population in Households 383,903 (99.3%)
Population in Families 330,988 (85.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 2,553 ( 0.7%)
Population Density 2,581
Diversity Index2 85
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $57,217
Average Household Income $79,110
Per Capita Income $24,974
Wealth Index4 82

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 131,721 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 73,852 (56.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 47,768 (36.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 10,101 ( 7.7%)
Median Home Value $265,864
Housing Affordability Index3 105
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 121,620
Average Household Size 3.16
Family Households 91,095
Average Family Size 4
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 1.13% 0.95%
Households 0.95% 0.79%
Families 0.96% 0.8%
Median Household Income   2.88%
Per Capita Income   3.01%

Bakersfield, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bakersfield to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 526 65th
Diversity Index # 172 89th
Median Household Income # 890 42nd
Per Capita Income # 1040 32nd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE California Census Data Comparison Tool.

Quick & Easy Ways to...

  1. Get Current Demographic Data for Cities, Towns, and ZIP Codes
  2. View Boundary Maps, for Cities, Towns, and ZIP Codes
  3. Locate Physical, Cultural, and Historical Features

California Census Data Comparison Tool

Compare California July 1, 2019 Data
Data:
Locations:
Highest or Lowest:
Results:
Advertisement