Kern No. 6 for America’s Strongest Farming And Agribusiness Regions

logo_forbesForbes 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.

Kern Ag No 6

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%


 Top 10 Strongest Farming And Agribusiness Regions the U.S.

  1. Madera, CA
  2. Decatur, IL
  3. Merced, CA
  4. St. Joseph, MO-KS
  5. Yakima, WA
  6. Bakersfield, CA
  7. Visalia-Porterville, CA
  8. Salinas, CA
  9. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA
  10. Hanford-Corcoran, CA
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