Market Access

Major companies consistently choose Kern County thanks to its centralized location. No other county offers the easy access to all the population of California, let alone the entire Western United States. Combine the county’s location with the usual lack of traffic congestion, and the road ahead is a painless one.

More than 40 million consumers are within a 4-hour drive of Kern County.


Major Highways

Situated on two major north/south routes, Interstate 5 (the major route from California to Canada) and State Highway 99, Kern County cannot be beat when it comes to reaching West Coast destinations.

Businesses needing to reach the California coast enjoy easy access, thanks to State Highway 46.

Delivering products to eastern destinations is also a breeze, as State Highway 58 (which also connects with I-40, I-15, and US395) runs through Kern County.


Deep Water Ports

Extensions through Paramount Logistics Park (Shafter) and Tejon Ranch Commerce Center

  • Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach (96 miles)
  • Ports of Oakland (230 miles)
Distance to Major Markets
Los Angeles 73 miles
Port of Long Beach 96 miles
Fresno 110 Miles
Riverside 164 miles
San Diego 193 miles
Port of Oakland 230 miles
Stockton 233 miles
San Francisco 258 miles
Sacramento 260 miles
Las Vegas, NV 196 miles
Phoenix, AZ 404 miles
Salt Lake City, UT 657 miles
Albuquerque, NM 755 miles
Denver, CO 985 miles
Source: Rand McNally & Mapquest

Rail Services

Amtrak – Passenger/Cargo

Burlington Northern/Santa Fe (BNSF) – Main line
Nearest Intermodal – Shafter, Los Angeles, Fresno and Barstow

San Joaquin Valley Railroad – Short line and regional railroads
United States and Canada

Union Pacific – Main Line
Nearest Intermodal – Los Angeles, Fresno and Modesto


Meadows Field (BFL) Airport

Meadows Field offers nonstop flights to Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Francisco and one-stop flights to hundreds of domestic and international destinations on United Airways and American Airlines. Phone: (661) 391-1800.

Airports open to the Public:

  • Bakersfield Municipal Airport
  • Delano Municipal Airport, Delano
  • High Desert and California City Municipal Airport
  • Inyokern Airport
  • Kern Valley Airport, Kernville
  • Lost Hills-Kern County Airport
  • Mojave Air and Space Port
  • Mountain Valley Airport, Tehachapi
  • Shafter-Minter Field (MIT) Airport
  • Taft-Kern County Airport
  • Tehachapi Municipal Airport
  • Wasco-Kern County Airport