Strategically located in one of the world’s largest economies, and within four hours of 90% of California’s population, Bakersfield is a place where cutting-edge technological development is blended with a rich history of agriculture and oil production. Bakersfield is a regional hub that boasts a number of highly-recognized employers like Nestlé, State Farm Insurance, Aera Energy, Chevron, and Occidental Oil and Gas. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bakersfield Metro is one of the top three major metros for job growth in the state.

Although Bakersfield’s population increased more than 37% between 2000 and 2010, the area offers an oasis of friendly people that feels like coming home. Within the city limits alone are 54 city parks, including the Park at Riverwalk, a 32-acre oasis adjacent to the Kern River. The newest green space is Mill Creek Linear Park, a 1.5 mile waterfront gem linking new downtown housing, antique shops, and museums with the Bakersfield Convention Center and its adjacent entertainment district. Bakersfield also has more than 100 miles of bike lanes and paths and has received Tree City USA designation 14 years in a row. Add to this the close proximity to much of California’s natural wonders and Bakersfield promises so much more to explore.