Bakersfield, California

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Bakersfield is a city at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley in Kern County, California. It is roughly equidistant between Fresno and Los Angeles, 110 mi (180 km) to the north and south respectively. According to the city's official travel website, www.visitbakersfield.com, Bakersfield is the 11th fastest growing city in California.[6]

In 2010, the city's population was estimated to be 338,952,[7] making it the 11th largest city in California and the 58th largest city in the United States according to U.S. Census estimates. The Bakersfield Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has a population of 800,458 making it the 63rd largest metropolitan area in the country.[8] It is California's third largest inland city, after Fresno and Sacramento. The city's economy relies on agriculture, petroleum extraction and refining, and manufacturing.

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