Located in central California, Bakersfield is a fast growing family oriented community, surrounded by some of the richest agriculture in the world. This All-American City, population 250,000, is located only 2.5 hours from Los Angeles and major California attractions, including Disneyland, Universal Studios, and world-renown art exhibits. Beaches, breathtaking forests, and major snow skiing resorts are also hours away -- 2 to 3 hours from the city. Major transportation provides easy access to other cities in and out of state.
Bakersfield offers the advantages of a small community, safer environment, and lower cost of living with the advantages of being close to the cultural advantages of a larger city.
We're located in a small, safe community. Kern County and Bakersfield are known for their attention to detail, especially when it comes to the welfare and safety of their citizens and visitors.
In the first nine months of 1996, crime in Bakersfield and Kern County dropped sharply, mirroring what Attorney General Dan Lungren called a "historic" reduction in crime throughout the State of California.
The Kern County Sheriff's Department retains a force of 550 officers. The Bakersfield Police Department employs 270 officers and utilizes 100 civic volunteers. Arvin, Delano, Ridgecrest, Shafter and Taft also have their own city police forces.
Kern County is protected by the Kern County Fire Department, the City of Bakersfield Fire Department, and other local fire agencies. The City of Bakersfield Fire Department has 12 substations with 170 firefighters and 20 volunteer reserves. The Kern County Fire Department has 46 substations and 110 firefighters.