Did you know?

  • Bakersfield is within a
    4-hour drive of 90% of California’s population.

  • Country music legends Buck Owens and Merle Haggard spent much of their lives in Bakersfield and pioneered a style of country music known around the world as “The Bakersfield Sound.”

  • Bakersfield is home to the largest selection of Basque restaurants in the United States.

  • Bakersfield’s Bolthouse Farms and Grimmway together provide 96% of the nation’s carrot supply.


Bakersfield and Kern County

Bakersfield College's Panorama Campus is located about five miles east of downtown Bakersfield. The city’s population in 2010 was 351,443, making it the 9th largest city in California – and the 57th largest city in the United States. In 2012, the city of Bakersfield was ranked in the top 10 in California, in terms of population and numeric growth since 2011. According to preliminary projections, Kern County will experience the highest growth of any California county between 2010 and 2020, on its way to doubling in size by 2050. Kern County currently is home to 846,883 people.

The Great Outdoors

Bakersfield and Kern County offer plenty of outdoor activities, including biking, hiking, watersports and more. The City of Bakersfield hosts 59 parks and provides separate bike paths as well as bike lanes on existing roadways. The Kern County Parks and Recreation Department manages eight regional parks and 40 neighborhood parks. Kern County is also home to four California state parks: Fort Tejon State Historical Park, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park and Tule Elk State Natural Reserve.

Golfers can hit the links at one of 14 public and private golf courses in Kern County.

Water enthusiasts gravitate to the Kern River, whose whitewater has served as the training ground of U.S. Olympic kayaking teams.

Art & Museums

For a peek into Bakersfield’s past, visit the Kern County Museum and Buena Vista Museum of Natural History. The California Living Museum, a native zoo and garden, focuses entirely on native animals and plants.

Art patrons will enjoy the Bakersfield Museum of Art, Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, Metro Galleries, Todd Madigan Art Gallery, Younger Gallery of Contemporary & Functional Art and the Bakersfield College Whylie and May Louise Jones Art Gallery.


Music fan? Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace is an all-in-one restaurant, museum and music venue that takes an in-depth look at the roots of The Bakersfield Sound. National acts and Broadway shows make frequent stops at Rabobank Arena Theater & Convention Center.

Other entertainment opportunities in Bakersfield include the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, the Bakersfield Community Concert Association, Bakersfield Music Theatre, Stars Dinner Theatre, Bakersfield's historic Fox Theater, and the Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall.

There’s always something special happening in Bakersfield, with events scheduled year-round. Highlights include the Scottish Gathering and Games in April; Village Fest and the Kern County Fair in September; California Hot Rod Reunion and Via Arte Italian Street Painting Festival in October; and December’s Holiday Lights at California Living Museum.


Sports fans can cheer on the Bakersfield Condors hockey team, the Bakersfield Blaze baseball team and the Bakersfield Jam basketball team – not to mention Bakersfield College’s own 18 Renegades teams in 12 sports. Find more fast-track sports at the Bakersfield Speedway.