45 Facts About Bakersfield California


Bakersfield California is a significant hub for both agriculture and energy production.

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Industries in and around Bakersfield California include natural gas and other energy extraction, mining, petroleum refining, distribution, food processing, and corporate regional offices.

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In 1873, Bakersfield California was officially incorporated as a city, and by 1874, it officially replaced the town of Havilah as the county seat.

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Migration from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Southern Bakersfield California brought new residents, who were mostly employed by the oil industry.

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Bakersfield California was somewhat spared, experiencing minor architectural damage without loss of life.

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In 1990, Bakersfield was one of 10 U S communities to receive the All-America City Award from the National Civic League.

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Bakersfield California has a number of buildings and locations that have been designated as historic sites at the national, state, and city levels.

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Bakersfield California has historically referred to its regions by directional names.

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Bakersfield California's climate makes the region suitable for growing crops ranging from carrots to citrus and almonds.

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In 2015, Bakersfield California had 28 days of "Unhealthy" and 1 day of "Very Unhealthy" air quality according to the EPA.

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In 2016, Bakersfield California had 14 days with "Unhealthy" air quality according to the EPA.

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In 2017, Bakersfield California had 23 days with "Unhealthy" air quality according to the EPA.

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In 2018, Bakersfield California had 27 days with "Unhealthy" air quality according to the EPA.

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In 2019, Bakersfield California had only 6 days with "Unhealthy" air quality and 2 days with "Very Unhealthy" according to the EPA.

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In 2020, Bakersfield California had 31 days with "Unhealthy" air quality and 2 days with "Very Unhealthy" according to the EPA.

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In 2021, Bakersfield California has recorded 28 days with "Unhealthy" air quality and 1 day with "Very Unhealthy" according to the EPA.

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Bakersfield California has consistently ranked as one of the least educated metropolitan areas in the United States.

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Bakersfield California saw its population grow from about 105, 000 in 1980 to 347, 000 in 2010.

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However, in October 2013, Bakersfield California was found to be the number two city in the nation for the rental market.

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City of Shafter, a small farming town north of Bakersfield California, previously filed a suit to attempt to limit the northern expansion of Bakersfield California's city limits.

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Bakersfield California is home to the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, which has a collection of Miocene era marine fossils collected from the region as well as other displays.

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Bakersfield California is often considered to be the birthplace of a unique strand of country music that has inspired many country artists, such as Dwight Yoakam and The Strangers.

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Bakersfield California is known for the Bakersfield California sound, "a twangy style of Fender Telecaster and pedal steel guitar music made popular by hometown country crooners Buck Owens and Merle Haggard" as well as The Strangers.

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Bakersfield California is known for Doowop music dating back from the early-to-mid 1950s to the early-to-late 1960s, consisting of Doowop vocal groups such as The Paradons, The Colts, The Rev-Lons, and more.

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Bakersfield California is the home of fellow metal groups Cradle of Thorns and Adema (The band formed in 2000 with members vocalist Mark Chavez, guitarist Tim Fluckey, guitarist Mike Ransom, bassist Dave DeRoo, and drummer Kris Kohls).

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Bakersfield California is not represented in any of the five major sports leagues: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, or MLS.

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The Bakersfield California Magic are an expansion team in The Basketball League that will begin play in 2022.

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The Bakersfield California Renegades represent Bakersfield California College, a community college with 19 varsity sports, the most notable being football.

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The Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners represent California State University, Bakersfield and sponsor 15 varsity sports, the most notable being basketball.

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Bakersfield California is home to Colby Lewis from the MLB team, the Texas Rangers, Stephen Neal from the Super Bowl Champions, New England Patriots.

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Bakersfield California is the home town of four time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears, as well as the 2007 Daytona 500 winner, and 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick.

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Bakersfield California uses the Council-Manager form of government, in which the City Council is the primary governing authority.

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Federally, Bakersfield is split between California's 23rd congressional district, which is represented by Republican Kevin McCarthy and California's 21st congressional district, which is represented by Republican David Valadao.

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Bakersfield California is traditionally acknowledged as the frontier delineating Sureno and Norteno gang territories.

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The Guardian reported that law enforcement officers in Kern County, Bakersfield California, killed more people per capita than in any other American county in 2015.

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California State University, Bakersfield is a public university founded in Bakersfield in 1965.

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Bakersfield California is home to Spanish-language broadcaster Univision's only English-language station, KUVI-DT.

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Bakersfield California is serviced by an extensive highway network which includes three freeways.

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Bakersfield California is served by a short, unsigned, four-lane freeway called Alfred Harrell Highway.

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Bakersfield California envisioned Caltrans building a North Beltway as the western extension of SR 58, but this has been withdrawn in favor of the Centennial Corridor.

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Bakersfield California is served by Kern Transit, which connects Bakersfield California with other communities in Kern County.

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Intercity bus providers in Bakersfield include Amtrak Thruway, Greyhound, Flixbus, Orange Belt Stages, National Charter Bus, Intercalifornias, TUFESA, and Fronteras del Norte.

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Freight, Bakersfield California is served directly by two class-1 railroads, Union Pacific, and BNSF.

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Meadows Field Airport in Bakersfield was recently rebuilt and dedicated as the William M Thomas Terminal.

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Bakersfield California has 6 sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:.

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