Forbes evaluated 124 metropolitan statistical areas where agriculture and related industries are heavily concentrated. Rankings were based on short- and long-term job growth (2004-14 and 2012-14) in 68 agriculture-related industries (including food processing and manufacturing, wholesaling and farm equipment), average earnings, earnings growth since 2004, and the share of agribusiness in the local workforce.
No. 6: Bakersfield, CA
Agribusiness Job Growth, 2004-14: 44.6%
Agribusiness Jobs, 2014: 70,559
Share Of Total Jobs In Area: 20.3%
Average Annual Wages: $26,594
Wage Increase, 2004-14: 3.2%