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Bakersfield California: Crimes Statistics, Arrest and Population Information

Bakersfield is a city in the south-central region of California, USA. It is the county seat of Kern County and can be found in the San Joaquin Valley. The city covers a land area of 142.16 square miles and has a population density of 2,444.2 people per square mile.

The city was founded by Thomas Baker in 1869, established along the road that leads from Los Angeles to Stockton. Some of the swamplands that lay along the Kern River were reclaimed in the making of Bakersfield. The oil fields on the Kern River were discovered in 1899, leading to a large-scale petroleum industry to be centered in Bakersfield.

Today, the city is known for its contributions to country music and has been called "Nashville West." It is home to artists like Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. It is also home to California State University, Bakersfield and two aerospace facilities.

The population of Bakersfield California

According to the records of the United States Census Bureau, there were about 347,483 people in the city of Bakersfield. The latest estimates state that the population is approximately 380,874, which is a 9.4 percent increase over the past seven years. There are more women than men in Bakersfield with 50.7 percent of the population comprising of females. Children below the age of 18 make up 30.3 percent of the population of Bakersfield. About 9.2 percent of the people here are senior citizens above the age of 65.

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In the racial-ethnic demographic, about 34.6 percent of the population identifies as white alone while 48.3 percent of the people identify as Hispanic or Latino. Meanwhile, an approximate of 7.8 percent of the population in Bakersfield identify as African American, 1.3 percent identify as American Indian and Alaska Natives, 7.2 percent as Asian, 0.2 percent as Pacific Islanders and 3.6 percent as persons of mixed races. Further, there are 14,221 veterans in the city and 19 percent of the people in Bakersfield are foreign-born.

There are a total of 113,682 households in the city as recorded during the period from 2012 to 2016. Each household has an average of 3.20 members. About 41 percent of the people of Bakersfield speak a language other than English at home.


Among the residents older than 25 years, about 79.6 percent are high school graduates or have pursued further studies. Among them, 21.3 percent have attained bachelors' degrees or have sought higher education.

About 64.1 percent of the overall population above the age of 16 are in the civilian labor force. The median household income in the region is $ 58,669 and the per capita income of Bakersfield is $ 24,392. About 19.7 percent of the population is earning below the levels of poverty.

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Crime in Bakersfield California

According to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) of the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the city of Bakersfield noted a total of 38,250 criminal incidences in 2016. Among them, there were 1,821 cases of violent crime, 32 cases of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, 67 cases of rape, 614 cases of robbery and 1,108 cases of aggravated assault. There were also 17,138 cases of property crime, 3,887 cases of burglary, 10,203 cases of larceny-theft, 23,203 cases of motor vehicle theft and 332 cases of arson.

The number of incidences had increased since 2015 when there were a total of 35,137 criminal cases reported in Bakersfield. Among them were 1,810 cases of violent crime, 22 cases of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, 71 cases of rape, 655 cases of robbery, 1,062 cases of aggravated assault, 15,559 cases of property crime, 3,877 cases of burglary, 9,288 cases of larceny-theft, 2,394 cases of motor vehicle theft and 339 cases of arson.

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