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Welcome to Bakersfield ...

The city of Bakersfield is located in Kern County and is the County Seat for Kern County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Bakersfield has a population of 380,874 people<1> (see below for details).

Bakersfield was established in 1869 and was incorporated January 11, 1898.

From The Origin of Certain Place Names,<2> the origin of Bakersfield is described as "Named for Colonel Thomas Baker."

The community of Bakersfield is 380 feet [116 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Bakersfield lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Bakersfield lies within the (661) area code.

The ZIP codes for Bakersfield: 93301-93309, 93311-93313, 93380-93390<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Bakersfield had a population of 347,483 people (or 41.39% of the total population of Kern County). This makes Bakersfield the county's most populous community.

The population of Bakersfield represents 0.93% of the population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 9th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 347,483 people, the population of Bakersfield increased 40.65% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 247,057 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Bakersfield had an population of 380,874 people. This is an increase of 9.61% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 54.16% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Bakersfield.

Communities near Bakersfield ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if you drove.<5>.

Community   2017
Population
DirectionDistance
Arvin   [Map]   21,270   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
East Bakersfield   [Map]   ---   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
Gosford   [Map]   ---   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
Greenacres   [Map]   ---   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
Oil City   [Map]   ---   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
Oil Junction   [Map]   ---   N   4 miles [6.4 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Bakersfield.

Communities Also Named Bakersfield ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 4 communities that are also named Bakersfield - they are located in Maryland, Missouri, Texas and Vermont.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Bakersfield.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Bakersfield. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Bakersfield. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Bakersfield. Our list includes 61 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Bakersfield:

Websites for Bakersfield ...

Official Website:   www.bakersfieldcity.us/
 
Chamber of Commerce:   www.bakersfieldchamber.org/
 
Junior League:   juniorleaguebakersfield.org/

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Bakersfield ...

Looking for more information about Bakersfield? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Bakersfield, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Bakersfield.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Bakersfield: www.bakersfieldcity.us/

The official website for Kern County: www.co.kern.ca.us/

The official website for State of California: www.state.ca.us/



Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Bakersfield.

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<2>The full book title is The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States (Second Edition). See our References and Mentions section for Bakersfield.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Bakersfield - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Bakersfield). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Bakersfield or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Bakersfield includes: 93301, 93302, 93303, 93304, 93305, 93306, 93307, 93308, 93311, 93312, 93380, 93381, 93382, 93383, 93384, 93385, 93386, 93387, 93388, 93389 & 93390.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting from Bakersfield. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Bakersfield) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bakersfield. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bakersfield

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bakersfield. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.3528, Longitude: -119.0396     [Map].

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