Bakersfield is a city in Kern County in the San Joaquin Valley of California.
Bakersfield is one of the fastest growing medium-sized cities in the United States. Bakersfield has a population of approximately 350,000 and a metropolitan population of approximately 800,000. Bakersfield is famous for being the home of country music singers Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, and has the nickname "the country music capital of the West Coast." This is a result of the large number of Dust Bowl refugees that settled in the area. Bakersfield has also produced its share of football players such as Joey Porter, Frank Gifford, Ryan Matthews, and David Carr. Bakersfield is a very conservative city, at least when compared to most of the state. Although Bakersfield is no longer the "country capital of the west", long ago moved to Los Angeles, the Bakersfield country music scene is still a fixture - country musicians and dancing is fairly easy to find. The Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame, recording studio, and Concert venue is a good visit. Headliner music and theater entertainers regularly appear at several large venues. An art district has emerged downtown. The food choices are vast - simple to complex, local and international. The Kern River and Sierra Mountains beckon outdoor enthusiasts year round. SoCal and Central Cal coasts are easy and splendid day trips (240km r/t) from Bakersfield. With a complete downtown renovation in the plans, downtown is set to gentrify and accelerate its merger with Los Angeles culture.