48 Facts About Bakersfield


Bakersfield is a city in Kern County, California, United States.

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

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

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

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Bakersfield 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 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 has historically referred to its regions by directional names.

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

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

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

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

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

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In 2019, Bakersfield 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 had 31 days with "Unhealthy" air quality and 2 days with "Very Unhealthy" according to the EPA.

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

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

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However, in October 2013, Bakersfield 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, previously filed a suit to attempt to limit the northern expansion of Bakersfield's city limits.

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Bakersfield is the largest city to have the lowest sales tax in California at the state minimum of 7.

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Bakersfield 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 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 is known for the Bakersfield 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 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 is the home of fellow metal groups Cradle of Thorns and Adema .

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Bakersfield is the home of Deathrock group Burning Image, one of the original bands of the early 80's Californian Deathrock scene.

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

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

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The Bakersfield Renegades represent Bakersfield 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 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 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 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 is traditionally acknowledged as the frontier delineating Sureno and Norteno gang territories.

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

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Bakersfield College is a public community college located in Bakersfield, California.

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The primary newspaper is The Bakersfield Californian, which is a direct descendant of the first paper published in the region, The Daily Courier in 1866.

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

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

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

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Bakersfield 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 is currently one of the largest cities in the U S that is not directly linked to an Interstate highway.

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Bakersfield is served by Kern Transit, which connects Bakersfield 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 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 has 6 sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:.

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