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.
So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Bakersfield for 2023? 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 2023
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 2023
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 2023. 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.
As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Bakersfield aren’t all bad. Artisan takes the cake as the best place to live in Bakersfield.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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|8||College Heights-Baker Street||7,703|
|23||Bakersfield Country Club||6,400|