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Bakersfield, California - Basic Facts

The City of Bakersfield is the 9th largest city in California with a population of 383,573 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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

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Bakersfield, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 383,573
Population in Households 381,018
Population in Familes 329,849
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,555
Population Density2 2,582
Diversity Index3 85


Median Household Income $60,231
Average Household Income $84,518
Per Capita Income $26,923


Total Housing Units 130,734 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 72,739 (55.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 47,834 (36.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 10,162 ( 7.8%)
Median Home Value $278,206
Average Home Value $335,059


Total Households 120,572
Average Household Size 3.16
Family Households 90,344
Average Family Size 4
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.2% 1.09%
Households 0.99% 0.91%
Families 1.01% 0.93%
Median Household Income   3.15%
Per Capita Income   3.17%

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, 2018 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 # 175 88th
Median Household Income # 715 53rd
Per Capita Income # 927 39th

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