The 10 Most Dangerous And Worst Neighborhoods In Bakersfield, CA

The most dangerous and worst Bakersfield neighborhoods are Homaker Park and Downtown for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Worst Neighborhoods In Bakersfield
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Bakersfield’s neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You’ve got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.

It seems as if there’s a neighborhood for everyone in Bakersfield.

And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in California thanks in part to tons of entertainment and jobs, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Bakersfield. Some neighborhoods aren’t as safe as others.

So the question arises, which Bakersfield neighborhoods are the most dangerous and which are the safest?

Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science to determine which Bakersfield hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Bakersfield area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Artisan ranks way above the rest.

We examined 39 of Bakersfield’s neighborhoods to find out the most dangerous places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Bakersfield’s reputation.

Table Of Contents: Top 10 | Methodology | Summary | Table

The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Bakersfield For 2024

  1. Homaker Park
  2. Downtown
  3. Rexland Acres
  4. East Bakersfield
  5. Lakeview
  6. Tyner Homes
  7. Casa Loma
  8. College Heights-Baker Street
  9. La Cresta-Altavista
  10. Quailwood

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Bakersfield for 2024? According to the most recent census data, Homaker Park looks to be the worst neighborhood in Bakersfield.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Bakersfield that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

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The 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Bakersfield For 2024

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 6,372
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 827
Property Crime Per 100k: 6,436
Median Home Value: $89,250 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $21,977 (worst)
More on Homaker Park:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 2,187
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 717
Property Crime Per 100k: 5,582
Median Home Value: $165,400 (12th worst)
Median Income: $23,223 (2nd worst)
More on Downtown:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 5,739
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 556
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,785
Median Home Value: $90,500 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $36,108 (8th worst)
More on Rexland Acres:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 6,712
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,617
Property Crime Per 100k: 6,594
Median Home Value: $119,600 (6th worst)
Median Income: $27,125 (5th worst)
More on East Bakersfield:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 9,871
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,225
Property Crime Per 100k: 10,040
Median Home Value: $131,229 (7th worst)
Median Income: $35,440 (7th worst)
More on Lakeview:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 4,430
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 682
Property Crime Per 100k: 5,311
Median Home Value: $205,900 (16th worst)
Median Income: $51,074 (13th worst)
More on Tyner Homes:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 2,455
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 452
Property Crime Per 100k: 704
Median Home Value: $107,800 (4th worst)
Median Income: $24,811 (4th worst)
More on Casa Loma:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 7,703
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 565
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,685
Median Home Value: $66,500 (worst)
Median Income: $24,460 (3rd worst)
More on College Heights-Baker Street:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 5,286
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 494
Property Crime Per 100k: 8,530
Median Home Value: $163,760 (11th worst)
Median Income: $51,107 (14th worst)
More on La Cresta-Altavista:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 2,317
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 878
Property Crime Per 100k: 7,699
Median Home Value: $226,900 (22nd worst)
Median Income: $64,169 (2worst)
More on Quailwood:  Data

Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous Bakersfield neighborhoods in 2024

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what places have the least amount of those things. We plugged the following criteria into Saturday Night Science to get the worst neighborhoods in Bakersfield:

  • High crime (Estimated)
  • High unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Bakersfield, California for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criterion into a “Worst Score.”

The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the most dangerous neighborhood of Bakersfield.

The article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2024. This report is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Bakersfield.

Skip to the end to see the list of all 39 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Bakersfield

Well, there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Bakersfield with Homaker Park landing at the bottom of the pack.

The worst neighborhoods in Bakersfield are Homaker Park, Downtown, Rexland Acres, East Bakersfield, Lakeview, Tyner Homes, Casa Loma, College Heights-Baker Street, La Cresta-Altavista, and Quailwood.

As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Bakersfield aren’t all bad. Artisan takes the cake as the best place to live in Bakersfield.

The best neighborhoods in Bakersfield are Artisan, Southern Oaks, Terra Vista, Stockdale Estates, and Stone Meadows.

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

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Most Dangerous Neighborhoods To Live In Bakersfield For 2024?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Homaker Park 6,372 $89,250 $21,977
2 Downtown 2,187 $165,400 $23,223
3 Rexland Acres 5,739 $90,500 $36,108
4 East Bakersfield 6,712 $119,600 $27,125
5 Lakeview 9,871 $131,229 $35,440
6 Tyner Homes 4,430 $205,900 $51,074
7 Casa Loma 2,455 $107,800 $24,811
8 College Heights-Baker Street 7,703 $66,500 $24,460
9 La Cresta-Altavista 5,286 $163,760 $51,107
10 Quailwood 2,317 $226,900 $64,169
11 Stockdale Greens 2,312 $216,950 $59,928
12 Benton Park 9,020 $155,000 $45,384
13 Castle Ranch 2,903 $113,500 $54,089
14 Southgate 8,146 $133,317 $34,096
15 Rio Bravo 13,276 $237,217 $78,704
16 Oleander Sunset 14,490 $172,633 $45,981
17 Hillcrest 6,222 $156,860 $49,091
18 Spice Tract 8,281 $192,700 $53,747
19 Park Stockdale 6,782 $197,571 $54,275
20 Eastridge Estates 309 $280,600 $76,362
21 Sagepointe 3,323 $217,367 $46,925
22 Riviera-Westchester 3,984 $235,340 $55,646
23 Bakersfield Country Club 6,400 $217,700 $74,729
24 Amberton 1,047 $237,400 $96,510
25 The Seasons 5,870 $235,550 $79,906
26 Silver Creek 7,430 $240,500 $80,548
27 Laurelglen 8,949 $264,300 $76,193
28 Haggin Oaks 3,023 $225,700 $93,404
29 Csu Bakersfield 2,266 $248,100 $89,569
30 The Oaks 4,384 $272,950 $96,080
31 Seven Oaks 7,189 $398,100 $147,447
32 Stonegate 4,785 $358,800 $88,681
33 Ridgeview Estates 2,355 $223,100 $60,975
34 Tevis Ranch 3,776 $277,450 $99,613
35 Stone Meadows 7,064 $269,567 $95,285
36 Stockdale Estates 2,438 $374,700 $126,104
37 Terra Vista 3,585 $333,500 $95,003
38 Southern Oaks 2,611 $266,950 $107,873
39 Artisan 4,098 $333,500 $87,700
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.

8 thoughts on “The 10 Most Dangerous And Worst Neighborhoods In Bakersfield, CA

  1. It’s all about labeling people. WTF is Roadsnacks, let’s label social media sites and find out where Roadsnacks ranks, based on number of hits, income and most importantly, worth.

  2. Tyner homes? Dude I live in tyner homes and it’s really nice. Especially in the Eastside of town it’s the best neighborhood. They continue to build in this neighborhood and yeah it’s affordable so the income necessary to live here is lower, that doesn’t make it a bad place to live? Plus there is barely any crime. I just feel that these guys pull neighborhoods out of a hat. Ridgeview Estates shouldn’t be even close to the top 10 worse either.

    1. I totally agree! I live in Tyner Homes and I absolutely LOVE it there. There are FAR worse places then this area.

  3. What about oildale, so many tweekers. But there are some nice people & neighborhoods. Where does it rank ? What about the crime?

  4. I moved here a year ago and recently started doordashing. I think ive been to every nook and cranny now. I went to an apt complex that looked like it was inhabited by a bunch of gang bangers. They all stared at me as i slowly drove through looking at apt numbers. Funny thing is this complex had a gate! And it didnt work when it was time !
    It was kind of near airport drive, not far from 99. Outside the complex reminded me of skid row in LA. im not sure what the neighborhood was called.
    Then i delivered to one gated community that left me thinking i was in Beverly Hills!
    Most of the neighborhoods are somewhere in between.

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