Bakersfield, California

city and county seat of Kern County, California, United States

Bakersfield is a large city in the state of California, in the United States. It the county seat of Kern County, in the southern part of the Central Valley. In the 2010 census, 347,483 people lived there.[1] Bakersfield is the 11th largest city in California, the 3rd largest inland city in California, and the 57th largest in the United States. It is also the 2nd largest in the United States that is not directly connected to an interstate. Agriculture, petroleum processing, and manufacturing are the main economy of the city.

The location of Bakersfield in Kern County.
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State Route 99, State Route 58, and State Route 178 run through or pass by the city. One major rail station, Bakersfield Station, is in the city. Meadows Field Airport is the airport that serves Bakersfield, and the rest of Kern County.


  1. Top Population Rank: Cities 2000 and 2010 Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine. California Department of Finance. Retrieved March 14, 2012.