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!

  Kern No. 1 in Statewide Retail Growth –  (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 2017)

  Bakersfield MSA No. 2 Large Metro in U.S. for Most Diversified Economy –  (, May 2017)

  Bakersfield No. 3 in Nation for Human Capital Availability (, May 2017)

  Bakersfield No. 5 in Nation for Teacher & First Responder Homeownership Affordability (, April 2017)

 Bakersfield No. 3 in Nation for Millennial Home Ownership (, January 2017)

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

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

  Bakersfield No. 2 for Large City Growth (WalletHub, October 2016)

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

  Bakersfield No. 1 for Housing Affordability in California (Demographia, August 2016)

  Bakersfield MSA No. 4 for Information Services Job Growth (, August 2016)

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

  Bakersfield No. 20 for Livability (WalletHub, July 2016)

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

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

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

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

  Kern County Home to World’s Largest Solar Plant  (August 2015)

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

  #2 Metro for Easy Job Commute Distance (Brookings Institution, March 2015)

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

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

  #2 Millennial Job Growth Creation
(Forbes, June 2014)

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

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

  Top 20 Best Performing U.S. Metro
(Milken Institute, December 2013)

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

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

  #9 Engineering Jobs per Capita (Forbes, July 2013)

  #4 Region for STEM Jobs (Brookings Institution, June 2013)