Bakersfield, California is a medium-sized city with approximately 371,000 residents. Families with young children should feel right at home, as kids under 5 account for an above-average percentage of the community, while retirees are less well-represented. Overall, the city's population, at an average age of just over 33, is younger than most cities in California. Renters tend to be in the minority in the area, and 57% of residents own their homes. Renters in the city benefit from a relatively low average rent of $1,123 a month, which is substantially less than the state average.
Bakersfield has an average commute time of about 25 minutes, shorter than the California average of about 32 minutes. Many residents (38%) commute to work by car, while public transportation is not extensively used. Walking isn't a common way to get to work.
Eight percent of Bakersfield residents older than 25 have earned a Bachelor's degree, while 3% possess a Master's degree or Doctorate. There are two primary industries in Bakersfield: retail and healthcare. Together, these industries make up 12% of the labor force in the city. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many residents work in sales, as 6% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any career path. Bakersfield workers earn an average annual income of just over $74K, less than those elsewhere in the state. Bakersfield's average income, however, is just about on par with the national average ($73,345).