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Area Description

The Central Valley’s southern gateway, Kern County is a vast puzzle piece in the landscape of California. More than 8,000 square miles in area, it is the third-largest county in the state. It stretches from the foothills of the Tehachapi Mountains north to the trail of the Sierra Nevada and from the edge of the state’s eastern desert to the foothills of the Coast Range, providing a transition between Southern and Central California.

The largest city in the county is Bakersfield. Bakersfield is the 9th largest city in California and the 52nd largest in the nation, larger than Pittsburgh or New Orleans. Although we are a large urban area, you will quickly find our people are one of our greatest assets, so you will feel right at home. Explore our world renowned music, our unique food, our dynamic agricultural products, our museums and arts community, and our exciting outdoor activities. One thing is certain: Bakersfield continues to deliver more than you will expect. That’s why we say in Bakersfield there is More to Explore!

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Bakersfield highlights include unique museums; a vibrant arts scene with symphony orchestra, several performing arts groups, and the oldest continually–operating community theater in California; a Cal State campus; and an abundance of great food. The county’s most unique dining experience is unquestionably the selection of Basque restaurants, and Bakersfield has more such eateries than any other city in the nation. Kern’s thriving Basque community represents one of the largest Basque populations outside of the Pyrenees, giving rise to this large array of restaurants. These richly atmospheric places feature family-style meals, many courses, a selection of hearty entrees, and sometimes delicacies such as pickled tongue or oxtail stew. Some staff even speak the ancient language of Eskuara - a compilation of Latin, French, and Castilian. The renowned Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science explores local paleontology, geology, and anthropology with its collection of natural artifacts, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. Located on 14 park-like acres, the California Living Museum (CALM) showcases more than 80 animal species indigenous to Kern County and features a habitat for black bears, birds of prey, several species of foxes, a waterfowl pond, deer yard, and underground reptile house.

Cultural Activities

Bakersfield is a city of music. While “The Bakersfield Sound” is popular worldwide, our association with many other types of music from Jazz to Classical means there are actually Bakersfield Sounds (plural), all waiting for you to explore. Art is everywhere in Bakersfield. Lots of galleries, public art to enjoy, a burgeoning Arts Alive District downtown, multiple art events throughout the year and four unique museums. Bakersfield also has a vibrant performing arts community with several local theaters always offering a variety of shows.

Public transportation

Amtrak's San Joaquin runs multiple times daily between the San Francisco Bay Area (or Sacramento) and Bakersfield, where Amtrak Thruway buses connect you to great Southern California destinations.

Golden Empire Transit District serves the Bakersfield Metropolitan area: 160 square miles 7 days a week with 16 routes and over 1000 bus stops. All buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts and bike racks.

Medical Facilities

Bakersfield has 6 hospitals providing advanced medical services. The Bakersfield Heart Hospital specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular disease, but also care for a wide range of other medical and surgical patients. San Joaquin Community Hospital is a comprehensive source for all health care needs from a full-treatment burn center to the first Nationally Certified Stroke Center between Los Angeles and San Francisco in addition to a hospital-based, comprehensive cancer center.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  39.3  47.8  56.3  1.2 "  0.1 "
 Feb  43.0  53.3  63.5  1.2 "  0.0 "
 Mar  46.2  57.3  68.3  1.4 "  0.0 "
 Apr  49.6  62.6  75.7  0.5 "  0.0 "
 May  56.8  70.3  83.8  0.2 "  0.0 "
 Jun  63.7  77.7  91.6  0.1 "  0.0 "
 Jul  69.2  83.0  96.9  0.0 "  0.0 "
 Aug  68.4  81.9  95.4  0.1 "  0.0 "
 Sep  63.9  76.7  89.4  0.2 "  0.0 "
 Oct  54.9  67.2  79.5  0.3 "  0.0 "
 Nov  44.2  54.8  65.3  0.6 "  0.0 "
 Dec  38.2  47.1  56.1  0.8 "  0.0 "

Summers are warm and sunny for aquatic activities. Spring covers the surrounding areas in beautiful wildflowers. Average high/low temperatures 76.8F (24.9C) / 53.1F (11.7C)
Days with sun per year 272

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Cost of Living for Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield, California cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Assistance in Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield, California offers the following assistance for seniors:

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

The Volunteer Center of Kern County, Inc. is comprised of many agencies functioning as one central location for volunteerism efforts in Kern County. Volunteer Exchange Program: Volunteers ranging in age from pre-school to 54 years of age. RSVP - Senior Corps Program: Senior volunteers who are aged 55 and above. Volunteer Activities: Calendar of Special Events and Activities for Volunteers and the Community.

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