THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Bakersfield For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Bakersfield are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Bakersfield.
Best Neighborhoods In Bakersfield

Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Bakersfield, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits -- less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Bakersfield neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Bakersfield are the best. If you're in one of the places we're about to highlight, odds are you know you've got it made. So, if you're thinking of moving to California and Bakersfield is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Bakersfield for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Stockdale Estates looks to be the best Bakersfield neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Bakersfield that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Bakersfield.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Bakersfield

Population: 2,438
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $374,700 (First best)
Median Income: $126,104 (First best)
More on Stockdale Estates: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 4,865
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $247,150 (12th best)
Median Income: $82,772 (11th best)
More on Tevis Ranch: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,882
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $269,800 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $79,459 (12th best)
More on Southern Oaks: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 4,056
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $257,900 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $97,609 (Fifth best)
More on Terra Vista: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 3,966
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $257,900 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $97,609 (Fifth best)
More on Artisan: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 5,036
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $249,286 (11th best)
Median Income: $91,875 (Eighth best)
More on The Oaks: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,223
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $287,333 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $98,891 (Fourth best)
More on Amberton: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,291
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 6)
Median Home Value: $232,600 (14th best)
Median Income: $88,015 (Tenth best)
More on Haggin Oaks: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 8,448
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $203,325 (17th best)
Median Income: $66,444 (17th best)
More on Laurelglen: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 3,540
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 6)
Median Home Value: $331,700 (Third best)
Median Income: $96,699 (Seventh best)
More on Seven Oaks: Homes For Sale | Data

Seven Oaks is a mixture of residential and commercial space. It is roughly bordered to the north by Stockdale Hwy and to the east by Gosford Rd. The other boundaries are the city limits. Some of the housing communities in this area are Seven Oaks, Haggin Oaks, Southern Oaks, The Oaks, Campus Park, Laurelglen, Silver Creek, Stone Creek, and Grand Island. Like Stockdale, it also contains a private country club. It also contains The Marketplace, a major retail center. California State University, Bakersfield is also located in Seven Oaks.

How We Determined The Best Bakersfield, CA Neighborhoods In 2020

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Bakersfield, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 40 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Bakersfield." We're lookin' at you, Stockdale Estates.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Bakersfield, California has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Bakersfield

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Bakersfield where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Bakersfield aren't all good. Homaker Park takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Bakersfield.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Bakersfield For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Stockdale Estates 2,438 $374,700 $126,104
2 Tevis Ranch 4,865 $247,150 $82,772
3 Southern Oaks 1,882 $269,800 $79,459
4 Terra Vista 4,056 $257,900 $97,609
5 Artisan 3,966 $257,900 $97,609
6 The Oaks 5,036 $249,286 $91,875
7 Amberton 1,223 $287,333 $98,891
8 Haggin Oaks 2,291 $232,600 $88,015
9 Laurelglen 8,448 $203,325 $66,444
10 Seven Oaks 3,540 $331,700 $96,699
11 Stone Meadows 5,518 $231,800 $69,196
12 Bakersfield Country Club 6,400 $217,700 $74,729
13 Silver Creek 6,485 $190,500 $89,795
14 Stonegate 3,939 $257,000 $67,336
15 Csu Bakersfield 1,995 $340,333 $114,377
16 Hillcrest 6,222 $156,860 $49,091
17 Rio Bravo 183 $268,300 $100,250
18 The Seasons 5,209 $169,150 $63,239
19 Stone Creek 881 $283,400 $72,309
20 La Cresta-Altavista 5,286 $163,760 $51,107
21 Ridgeview Estates 1,651 $188,000 $56,845
22 Sagepointe 2,817 $157,200 $40,400
23 Castle Ranch 2,903 $113,500 $54,089
24 Spice Tract 8,685 $125,000 $43,171
25 Eastridge Estates 788 $174,150 $62,149
26 Riviera-Westchester 3,984 $235,340 $55,646
27 Oleander Sunset 15,565 $145,150 $36,901
28 Casa Loma 3,854 $60,600 $31,648
29 Quailwood 1,321 $148,400 $56,593
30 Park Stockdale 6,840 $134,840 $51,450
31 Benton Park 9,376 $118,425 $35,419
32 College Heights-Baker Street 7,703 $66,500 $24,460
33 East Bakersfield 15,785 $69,158 $25,423
34 Stockdale Greens 2,731 $118,400 $54,042
35 Southgate 7,151 $100,112 $29,411
36 Rexland Acres 5,739 $90,500 $36,108
37 Lakeview 9,387 $82,670 $23,488
38 Tyner Homes 471 $164,100 $39,823
39 Downtown 1,520 $134,400 $27,884
40 Homaker Park 5,292 $7,450 $24,221

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.