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.
Here are the best neighborhoods in Bakersfield:
- Stockdale Estates
- Haggin Oaks
- Seven Oaks
- Tevis Ranch
- The Oaks
- Csu Bakersfield
- Terra Vista
- Southern Oaks
Read on to see how we determined the places around Bakersfield that deserve a little bragging rights.
How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Bakersfield?
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 limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 38 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 has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
1. Stockdale Estates
Population: 2,416Median Home Price: $396,250
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,772
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
2. Haggin Oaks
Population: 2,627Median Home Price: $299,600
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,295
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Population: 1,235Median Home Price: $281,833
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,586
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
4. Seven Oaks
Population: 3,765Median Home Price: $319,000
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,314
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
5. Tevis Ranch
Population: 4,706Median Home Price: $222,025
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,701
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
6. The Oaks
Population: 5,226Median Home Price: $240,486
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,877
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Population: 8,421Median Home Price: $184,375
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,941
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
8. Csu Bakersfield
Population: 1,630Median Home Price: $330,433
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,959
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
9. Terra Vista
Population: 3,419Median Home Price: $230,800
Crimes Per 100K People: 5,148
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
10. Southern Oaks
Population: 1,780Median Home Price: $211,200
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,517
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Bakersfield
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Bakersfield where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Bakersfield:
- Homaker Park
- Rexland Acres
For more reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In California
- 10 Small Towns In California Where You’d Never Want To Live
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In California
Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Bakersfield
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