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About KernBakersfield, the largest city in the southern San Joaquin Valley, is a community rich in history and filled with family-oriented activities. Bakersfield's Location is in the midst of California's heartland and offers metropolitan living in a traditional hometown setting.

A wealth of recreational, arts and cultural experiences can be found in the city and surrounding communities. On any given weekend, you'll find residents and visitors heading to ball fields, soccer fields, golf courses, tennis courts, biking trails, the river. lakes and racetracks.

Others will spend their days visiting museums and galleries, exploring new vistas, or searching for that special something in the area's unique boutiques and antique shops.


Bakersfield is perfectly situated on the California crossroads. To the east are the Sierra Nevada's and the high desert. To the north is the prime agricultural land of California's great central valley. To the west is the great Pacific Ocean. And to the south over the Tehachapi mountains lies Los Angeles, all within a two hour drive. In an area of a few miles you can travel between arid desert, lush forest and rich agricultural fields.

In recent years the film industry has used our locations to substitute for France, England, Switzerland and Africa, as well as other parts of the United States. Our geography creates a landscape of untempered beauty, subtly changing from season to season.  From spring to fall, the carpet of emerald green grasses and vibrantly colored wildflowers fade to a rich golden brown, imparting the look of a wide swath of velvet spread over the hills.

About KernIn winter, the clear vistas of snow-capped mountains are made all the more enjoyable by the temperate climates in the valleys below. When you take time to explore the region surrounding Bakersfield, you'll find the communities as diverse as the landscape. Varied are the identities, industries and histories, but running through all is a common thread - the feeling of Hometown America. And with two national forests, seven state parks and an unlimited number of attractions, you'll never run out of things to do.

With a population of 330,000, Bakersfield serves as the hub of activity in Kern County, with plenty to offer.  The County of Kern is home to more than 600,000 people.  Agriculture and oil remains the county's largest industries.  Two of the nation's top five oil fields are here, the the valley's fertile soil produces a wide variety of crops.  From apples to zucchini, we grow it here.  High tech industries are quickly establishing themselves in the county's high-desert region, ensuring the health of the local economy well into this millennium.

Bakersfield offers a wide variety of entertainment from NASCAR Racing to motor sports to whitewater rafting down the Kern River.  Bakersfield has a nightlife as well as a family life.  With night clubs and entertainment venues like Buck Owens Crystal Palace and a Centennial Garden Arena, we have exciting activities every day.  For the family life, you'll find affordable housing in planned communities, lots of parks and outstanding public and private schools, including Bakersfield Community College and California State University, Bakersfield.


Pictures: Courtesy of Greg Nichols; Portions of text contributed by Bakersfield Magazine

Text:  Courtesy of Les Corum and Bakersfield Magazine

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