Bakersfield, California Population 2018

Bakersfield is a city in California. It is located in Kern County and serves as the county seat. The city has a population of 376,380 according to estimates recorded in 2016. This reflects a significant increase from the city’s population of 347,483 recorded during the 2010 census. The city is the most populous in the city, and it is the ninth most populous in the state. The city is known for its role in agriculture and the oil industry.

Bakersfield History

Bakersfield history dates back thousands of years. However, it was first explored by the Europeans in 1776. It wasn’t until the discovery of oil and gold that the city really became settled. The original settlement was washed away in floods in the 1860s and was moved in 1863. By the 1870s, the settlement had a population of several hundred people. It was incorporated as a city in 1873 and the following year was designated as the county seat.

Throughout the 1800s, the city’s population continued to grow. Many people moved to Bakersfield from states including Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana, as well as other cities in California, due to the employment opportunities offered within the oil industry. The city’s population has continued to grow and it has been one of the fastest-growing cities in the state. Not only does it still have a thriving oil industry, but it is also a regional transportation hub. The city has lots to do for both tourists and residents, including annual events, historic restaurants and landmarks, and multiple theaters.

Bakersfield Demographics

The city’s estimated population as of 2016 is 376,380. The total area of the city is over 151 square miles, which makes the population density about 2,516 inhabitants per square mile. Bakersfield is a very ethnically diverse city. According to the 2010 census, over 56% of the population is white, 45.5% is Hispanic, over 8% are black or African American, and 6.2% are Asian.

The city has a fairly young population, with over 31% under the age of 18. The largest age group is the 25 to 44 group, which makes up almost 28% of the total population. The media age is 20 years. There are more females than males residing in Bakersfield.

There are two interesting statistics about the population of Bakersfield. Multiple studies have found that it is one of the least educated metro areas in the country, having one of the lowest populations of adults with bachelor’s degrees when compared to other metropolitan areas. The city has also been ranked as one of the most obese metro areas in the US, with over 33% of inhabitants classified as obese, exceeding the national average of 26.5%.

Bakersfield Population Growth

Bakersfield has seen steady growth throughout its history, with each 10-year census reflecting growth since 1990. The highest rate of growth was recorded between the 1880 and 1890 censuses – over 227% growth recorded during this time. While the population has not grown at such a rapid rate, double-digit percentage growths have been observed every ten years. The population in 2016 was already up over 8% from the census data taken in 2010. Based on the past growth of this city, the population is only expected to continue to grow and will soon hit the next milestone of 400,000 residents.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2017380,8743,9301.04%
2016376,9443,6910.99%
2015373,2534,7921.30%
2014368,4614,4631.23%
2013363,9985,6811.59%
2012358,3174,4811.27%
2011353,8364,5141.29%
2010349,322102,26541.39%
2000247,05772,23741.32%
1990174,82069,20965.53%
1980105,61136,09651.93%
197069,51512,66722.28%
196056,84822,06463.43%
195034,7845,53218.91%
194029,2523,23712.44%
193026,0157,37739.58%
192018,6385,91146.44%
191012,7277,891163.17%
19004,8362,21084.16%
18902,6261,825227.84%
18808010.00%

Bakersfield Population in 2018Source: By Bobak Ha'Eri [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White248,148
Some Other Race45,668
Black or African American28,757
Asian26,349
Two or More Races13,389
American Indian and Alaska Native4,665
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander579

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Bakersfield Population Pyramid 2018

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Bakersfield Median Age

30.4


Total

29.7


Male

31.3


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 265,469 adults in Bakersfield.

Bakersfield Age Dependency

65.1

Age Dependency Ratio

15.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

50

Child Dependency Ratio

Bakersfield Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
5.3
Houses Without Mortgage
14,802
Houses With Mortgage
49,748
Vacancy Rate
6.3
Median Rent
1,005
Median Home Value
214,600
Renter-Occupied Units
49,132
Owner-Occupied Units
64,550
Total Housing Units
121,291

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Bakersfield for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 6.5% and the labor force participation rate is 64.2%.

Bakersfield Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
3.2
Average Family Size
3.7
Total Households
113682
Married Couple Households
57631
Male Householder (no wife) Families
8430
Female Householder (no husband) Families
18446
Non Family Households
29175
Total Families
84507
Households With Own Children
45761
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
7.6
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.3

Bakersfield Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
6,674
$10,000 to $14,999
5,998
$15,000 to $24,999
11,754
$25,000 to $34,999
10,602
$35,000 to $49,999
13,519
$50,000 to $74,999
21,128
$75,000 to $99,999
14,978
$100,000 to $149,999
16,861
$150,000 to $199,999
6,959
Over $200,000
5,209

Bakersfield Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

Bakersfield

California

$58,669

$63,783

$76,130

$91,149

Under 10k10k - 15k15k - 25k25k - 35k35k - 50k50k - 75k75k - 100k100k - 150k150k - 200kOver 200k00.050.10.150.2

Bakersfield Education Data

Bakersfield Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
22,52710.46%
9th to 12th Grade
21,3719.92%
High School Graduate
54,31825.22%
Some College
53,46224.83%
Associates Degree
17,7808.26%
Bachelors Degree
30,41514.12%
Graduate Degree
15,4687.18%