City of Bakersfield

Bakersfield is a place where cutting-edge technological development is blended with a rich history of agriculture and oil production. Nestled in the Southern San Joaquin Valley, the City of Bakersfield is a community with a diverse economy and strategic location for any company looking to reach a large regional market. Currently, Bakersfield is the ninth largest city in California. Our sunny climate, affordable living and high quality of life make Bakersfield a prime location to do business in the State of California.

Strategically, Bakersfield sits at the meeting point of two major freeways, Highway 58 and Highway 99. Additionally, its proximity to Interstate 5 (approximately ten miles west of the City) makes Bakersfield an ideal location for efficiently reaching a regional, statewide, and national market. With its central location in California, Bakersfield is within 250 miles, or a one-day turnaround, of 32 million consumers. Our central location is ideal for any business looking to distribute to a large customer base.

Within the city limits are 54 city parks, including the Park at Riverwalk, a 32-acre oasis adjacent to the Kern River.  Its downtown green space, Mill Creek Linear Park, is a 1.5 mile waterfront gem linking new downtown housing, antique shops, restaurants and museums with the Bakersfield Convention Center and its adjacent entertainment district. Bakersfield also has more than 100 miles of bike lanes and paths. Bakersfield has affordable home prices and was listed as the third-largest city in the nation with Millennial home ownership growth.  Add to this the close proximity to much of California’s natural wonders and Bakersfield promises so much more to explore.

The City of Bakersfield welcomes you to explore our incentives and contact us for any questions about doing business locally.  Our Economic Development staff is here to answer any questions you might have, as well as provide technical assistance in identifying strategic locations for your company, providing guidance through our development process, and connecting your company with local resources to help your business thrive in our community. Contact our office at (661) 326-3765 to get started.