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Bakersfield is a city in Southern California, United States near the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley in Kern County. The city is 110mi north of Los Angeles and about the same distance south of Fresno. It is an inland city about 135mi east of Pismo Beach on the Pacific Ocean. Bakersfield’s population is around 350,000, making it the 9th largest city in California and the 52nd largest city in the United States. The city is also the county seat for Kern County, which encompasses the entire MSA and is the third largest county in California by area. The total Bakersfield inner urban area, which includes East Bakersfield and Rosedale, has a population of about 464,000.Bakersfield is the focal point of the larger Bakersfield-Delano, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is coextensive with Kern County. In 2010, it had a population of 839,631, making it the 62nd largest metropolitan area in United States.
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