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Bakersfield, the “Country Music Capital of the West Coast”, has a thriving art and culture scene, rich history, world-class cultural and historical attractions, and plenty of outdoor adventures. Its country-western music adds to its appeal. Did you know that Bakersfield is known as the birthplace of popular country western music stars? Let’s unearth a few hidden facts about this friendly city-

Bakersfield is located in the southern California near the south end of the San Joaquin Valley.
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Bakersfield's Geographic and Demographic Fast Facts

  • Bakersfield is located in the southern California near the south end of the San Joaquin Valley.
  • It lies between Los Angeles and Fresno.
  • Bakersfield is the ninth largest city in the California and 52nd largest city in the US.
  • It is the County seat of Kern County, which is the third largest county in CA.
  • The metro Bakersfield area has a population of more than 450,000 people.
  • The city’s elevation is 404 feet above sea level.
  • The ethnic composition of Bakersfield includes: 56.8%-White, 37.8%-Non-Hispanic, 8.2%-Black or African American, 45.5%-Latino or Hispanic, and 6.2%-Asian.

Bakersfield's History Fast Facts

  • Yokuts Indians were the original inhabitants of Bakersfield about 8000 years ago.
  • In 1851, gold was discovered on the Kern River which attracted several pioneers.
  • In 1858, Bakersfield was established. 
  • The city is named after an early settler, Colonel Thomas Baker, who settled in the South end of San Joaquin Valley in the mid-nineteenth century. His field “Baker’s Field” was a stopover for weary travelers. 
  • It was formally incorporated as a city in 1873.
  • In 1898, the City of Bakersfield was officially reincorporated. 
  • In 1899, the Kern River oil field was discovered.
  • In 1952, an earthquake and its aftershock caused substantial damage to downtown Bakersfield.
  • The city received the “All America City Award” from the National Civic League in 1990.

Bakersfield's Government and Economy Fast Facts

  • Bakersfield lies in the California’s twenty-third congressional district.
  • It has a Council-Manager form of government.
  • The city has a diverse economy with oil industry and agriculture as the mainstays of the city’s economy. 
  • Other industries are aerospace, food processing, mining, natural gas and energy extraction, petroleum refining, and manufacturing and distribution sector.
  • It is one of the fastest growing cities in the US.
  • Some of the top employers of Bakersfield are: County of Kern, Grimmway Farms, The Giumarra Companies, Bolthouse Farms, City of Bakersfield, and many more.

Bakersfield's Important and Interesting Fast Facts

  • Bakersfield is nicknamed as the “Nashville West”, and is also known as the "California’s Country Music Capital”. 
  • The city has about 54 city parks.
  • The city hosts Bakersfield Jazz Festival since 1986, which attracts people from across the world.
  • The city is home to the two biggest carrot producing farms in the world- Bolthouse Farms and Grimmway Farms. 
  • The only baseball stadium in the US facing the west is in Bakersfield-the Sam Lynn Ballpark.
  • Korn”, the Grammy award-winning band that sparked “nu-metal” music was formed in Bakersfield. 
  • Musicians Merle Haggard and Buck Owen lived in this city for much of their lives, creating the Bakersfield Sound. 
  • The Midway-Sunset oil field close to Bakersfield is the largest in the CA.
  • The main newspaper in Bakersfield is the “The Bakersfield Californian”. 
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