Bakersfield, California Population 2022

414,649
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Bakersfield is a city located in Kern County California. It is also the county seat of Kern County. With a 2020 population of 414,649, it is the 9th largest city in California and the 47th largest city in the United States. Bakersfield is currently growing at a rate of 1.37% annually and its population has increased by 2.77% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 403,455 in 2020. Spanning over 151 miles, Bakersfield has a population density of 2,769 people per square mile.

The average household income in Bakersfield is $83,985 with a poverty rate of 17.22%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Bakersfield is 30.8 years, 29.9 years for males, and 31.7 years for females.

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 was 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 increase 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.

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 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

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Bakersfieldwas:

  • White: 61.08%
  • Other race: 14.41%
  • Two or more races: 8.85%
  • Black or African American: 7.41%
  • Asian: 7.30%
  • Native American: 0.78%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.17%
The current population of Bakersfield, California is 414,649 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 403,455.

Bakersfield, California Population 2022

Population by Race

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Bakersfield Population by Race

Bakersfield Population Pyramid 2022

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Bakersfield Median Age

31


Total

30


Male

31.9


Female

Bakersfield Adults

There are 266,249 adults, (37,996 of whom are seniors) in Bakersfield.

Bakersfield Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

16.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

49.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Bakersfield Sex Ratio

Female

192,107

50.57%

Male

187,772

49.43%

Bakersfield Population by Age

Bakersfield Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Bakersfield Household Types

59.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Bakersfield Households and Families

3.65

Average Family Size

3.17

Average Household Size

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Bakersfield Households by Type

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Bakersfield Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Bakersfield Educational Attainment by Race

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.08%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 44.35%.

Bakersfield Educational Attainment by Race

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$40,066

Average Earnings

$48,058

Average Male

$31,653

Average Female

Bakersfield Earnings by Educational Attainment

Bakersfield Language by Age

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Bakersfield Language

58.59% of Bakersfield residents speak only English, while 41.41% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 33.62% of the population.

Bakersfield Language

Bakersfield Poverty by Race

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17.22%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.15%

Male Poverty Rate

19.23%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bakersfield

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bakersfield is Black, with 29.04% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bakersfield is Other, with NaN% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.89%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.63%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.37%.

Bakersfield Poverty

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Bakersfield Poverty Rate by Education

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Bakersfield Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Bakersfield Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Bakersfield Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

46.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.6%

Male Marriage Rate

44.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Bakersfield Married by Age and Sex

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Bakersfield Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Bakersfield Marital Status by Race

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Bakersfield Marital Status

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12,956

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Bakersfield Veterans by War

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Bakersfield Veterans by Age

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Bakersfield Veterans by Race

Bakersfield Veterans by Education

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10.95%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.97%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bakersfield Veterans by Education

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63.2%

Labor Force Participation

58.4%

Employment Rate

7.6%

Unemployment Rate

Bakersfield Employment by Age

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Bakersfield Employment by Race

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Bakersfield Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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67.99%

Born in Bakersfield

80.85%

Native Born

19.15%

Foreign Born

10.22%

Non Citizen

8.94%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

80.85% of Bakersfield residents were born in the United States, with 67.99% having been born in California. 10.22% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Bakersfield Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Bakersfield Population by Year