Bakersfield is the county seat of Kern County in the state of California. The city is important for both agriculture and oil production. It is located near the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley. The California Living Museum is located in Bakersfield and it exhibits plants and animals that originate from California. The city is home to California State University, Bakersfield (CSU Bakersfield), which is a public university and belongs to the California State University system. The university offers a bachelor's and master's degree programs in various fields.
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About Bakersfield Real Estate According to the US News the average cost to buy a home in Bakersfield is approximately $210,000, which is just below the national average. Bakersfield is one of the most affordable parts of California. The cost of buying a home in Bakersfield varies greatly by the neighborhood. In the neighborhoods Lakeview, Southgate, and Casa Loma, the cost to buy a home is more than half the cost of buying in Sagepoint, Rivieria - Westchester, and Kern City. There are many affordable options for those who are looking to rent instead of buying a home in Bakersfield. The cost of living in Bakersfield is above the national average. However, that amount is nothing in comparison to what Los Angeles residents spend.
Living in Bakersfield, CA There are a few museums in Bakersfield, the largest and oldest is the Kern County Museum. The Bakersfield Museum of Art is an art museum located in Mill Creek, downtown. It is the only art museum in the city. There is a zoo and living museum called California Living Museum (CALM), it is mainly focused on local plants and animals.
The Arts District located in downtown Bakersfield, is the center of the city's art scene, it is the largest downtown district. Dozens of art galleries and art related stores are located in this area. The district is filled with public sculptures and murals. Several theaters are located in this district, including the Fox Theater.
Bakersfield Transportation and commutes Almost all working Bakersfield residents commute to work by driving alone, or commute by carpool. Golden Empire Transit provide the public transportation, they operate a bus system in the urbanized part of the county. Kern Transit provides transportation between the communities in Kern County. Inter-city buses are provided by Greyhound Lines, Inc. Amtrak provides commuter train via five different routes, with destinations to the west, south, and east.
Meadows Field Airport (BFL) is the main airport in the area. It is a small airport provides domestic flights to a couple destinations.