Bakersfield, California
City
City of Bakersfield
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Images, clockwise from top: A panoramic view of Bakersfield; the Bakersfield Sign; the Rabobank Arena; City Hall
Flag of Bakersfield, California
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Official seal of Bakersfield, California
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Nickname(s): "Nashville West"[1]
Location of Bakersfield in Kern County, California
Location of Bakersfield in Kern County, California
Bakersfield is located in California
Bakersfield
Bakersfield
Location in the contiguous United States
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Coordinates: 35°22′N 119°1′W
Country United States
StateCalifornia
CountyKern
RegionSan Joaquin Valley
Incorporated1873–1876[2]
Re-incorporatedJanuary 11, 1898[3]
Named forThomas Baker
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • BodyBakersfield City Council
 • MayorKaren K. Goh (R)[4]
 • City ManagerAlan Tandy[5]
 • Finance directorNelson Smith[6]
 • City clerkChristopher Gerry[citation needed]
Area[7]
 • City151.06 sq mi (391.24 km2)
 • Land149.59 sq mi (387.43 km2)
 • Water1.47 sq mi (3.81 km2)  0.97%
 • Urban138.44 sq mi (358.6 km2)
 • Metro8,161.42 sq mi (21,138.0 km2)
Elevation[8]404 ft (123 m)
Population (2010)[9]
 • City347,483
 • Estimate (2016)[10]376,380
 • Rank1st in Kern County
9th in California
52nd in the United States
 • Density2,516.01/sq mi (971.44/km2)
 • Urban[11]523,994
 • Urban density3,800/sq mi (1,500/km2)
 • Metro[12]839,631
 • Metro density100/sq mi (40/km2)
Demonym(s)Bakersfieldian
Time zonePacific (UTC−8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC−7)
ZIP codes93220, 93241, 93301–93309, 93311–93314, 93263, 93380–93390, 93399
Area code661
FIPS code06-03526
GNIS feature IDs16526682409774
Websitewww.bakersfieldcity.us