Bakersfield is a city in and the county seat of Kern County, California, United States. It covers about
151 sq mi near the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley and the Central Valley region.
Bakersfield's population is around 380,000, making it the 9th-most populous city in California and
the 52nd-most populous city in the nation. The Bakersfield–Delano Metropolitan Statistical Area,
which includes all of Kern County, had a 2010 census population of 839,631, making it the 62nd-
largest metropolitan area in the United States The more built-up urban area that includes Bakersfield
and areas immediately around the city, such as East Bakersfield, Oildale, and Rosedale, has a
population of over 520,000. Bakersfield is a charter city.
The city is a significant hub for both agriculture and energy production. Kern County is the most
productive oil-producing countyand the fourth-most productive agricultural county (by value) in the
United States. Industries include natural gas and other energy extraction, aerospace, mining,
petroleum refining, manufacturing, distribution, food processing, and corporate regional offices. The
city is also the birthplace of the country music genre known as the Bakersfield sound.