Recent Accolades

With news headliners like this, it’s easy to see why Kern County is “the land of opportunity.” In 2013 through the start of the New Year, Kern continues to emerge as a West Coast economic powerhouse!

award-blue-icon Bakersfield No. 3 in Nation for Millennial Homeownership (, January 2017)

award-blue-icon Bakersfield No. 2 in Nation for Best Cities to Get Out of Credit Card Debt (SmartAsset, January 2017)

award-blue-icon Bakersfield No. 4 in California for Job Growth in Leisure/Hospitality Sector (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, October 2016)

award-blue-icon Bakersfield No. 2 for Large City Growth (WalletHub, October 2016)

award-blue-icon Bakersfield No. 1 in New Manufacturing Jobs (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, September 2016)

award-blue-icon Bakersfield No. 1 for Housing Affordability in California (Demographia, August 2016)

award-blue-icon Bakersfield MSA No. 4 for Information Services Job Growth (, August 2016)

award-blue-icon Kern No. 2 Best Oil and Gas Economy (Headlight Data, July 2016)

award-blue-icon Bakersfield No. 20 for Livability (WalletHub, July 2016)

award-blue-icon Bakersfield Ranked No. 2 as Most Affordable Cities for Retirees (Forbes, April 2016)

award-blue-iconBakersfield MSA No.1 Highest Average Revenue of Women-Owned Businesses (Wallet Hub, February 2016)

award-blue-icon Kern County No. 1 for Wind Power Capacity In U.S.  (Brookings Institution, September 2015)

award-blue-icon Kern’s Bakersfield MSA NO. 5 for Best Mid-Sized City  (New Geography, August 2015)

award-blue-icon Kern County Home to World’s Largest Solar Plant  (August 2015)

award-blue-icon Top 10 for Economic Recovery in the U.S. (Brookings Institution, March 2015)

award-blue-icon #2 Metro for Easy Job Commute Distance (Brookings Institution, March 2015)

award-blue-icon Top 20 Best Places for Engineers in U.S. (Nerd Wallet, February 2015)

award-blue-icon Top 30 Best-Performing Cities in the U.S(Milken Institute, January 2015)

award-blue-icon #2 Millennial Job Growth Creation (Forbes, June 2014)

award-blue-icon #1 Metro for Fastest-Growing Workforce (Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 2014)

award-blue-icon #5 Metro in U.S. for Upward Mobility (National Bureau of Economic Research, January 2014)

award-blue-icon Top 20 Best Performing U.S. Metro (Milken Institute, December 2013)

award-blue-icon #3 Strongest-Recovering Areas in U.S.  (Brookings Institution, September 2013)

award-blue-icon Top 15 Fastest-Growing Metro GDP (Bureau of Economic Analysis, September 2013)

award-blue-icon #9 Engineering Jobs per Capita (Forbes, July 2013)

award-blue-icon #4 Region for STEM Jobs (Brookings Institution, June 2013)