The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Bakersfield For 2021


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Bakersfield that are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Bakersfield.
Worst Neighborhoods In Bakersfield

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 the country thanks in part to a strong economy and tons of entertainment, it's not all rainbows and sunshine in Bakersfield. Some neighborhoods aren't as great as others.

So the question arises, which Bakersfield neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

Today, we'll use science and data 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 Tevis Ranch ranks way above the rest.

We examined 37 of Bakersfield's neighborhoods to find out the worst 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 2021? 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.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from worst to best. Looking for places to avoid outside of the city? You can also check out the worst suburbs of Bakersfield.

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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Bakersfield For 2021

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3
/10

Population: 5,292
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $7,450 (worst)
Median Income: $24,221 (2nd worst)
More on Homaker Park:  Data

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4
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Population: 9,387
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $82,670 (5th worst)
Median Income: $23,488 (worst)
More on Lakeview:  Data

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3
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Population: 1,520
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $134,400 (12th worst)
Median Income: $27,884 (5th worst)
More on Downtown:  Data

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4
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Population: 5,739
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $90,500 (6th worst)
Median Income: $36,108 (9th worst)
More on Rexland Acres:  Data

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4
/10

Population: 471
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $164,100 (19th worst)
Median Income: $39,823 (11th worst)
More on Tyner Homes:  Data

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4
/10

Population: 15,785
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $69,158 (4th worst)
Median Income: $25,423 (4th worst)
More on East Bakersfield:  Data

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4
/10

Population: 7,151
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $100,112 (7th worst)
Median Income: $29,411 (6th worst)
More on Southgate:  Data

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6
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Population: 1,321
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $148,400 (15th worst)
Median Income: $56,593 (20th worst)
More on Quailwood:  Data

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4
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Population: 7,703
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $66,500 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $24,460 (3rd worst)
More on College Heights-Baker Street:  Data

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6
/10

Population: 2,731
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $118,400 (9th worst)
Median Income: $54,042 (17th worst)
More on Stockdale Greens:  Data

How we determined the worst Bakersfield hoods in 2021

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 threw the following criteria into this analysis in order to get the best, most complete results possible. We used this set of criteria for each neighborhood in Bakersfield:

  • 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)
  • High crime (Estimated)

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 criteria into a "Worst Score".

The neighborhood with the lowest "Worst Score" ranks as the worst neighborhood of Bakersfield.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Bakersfield to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 37 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Hold on to your pants.

The 'hoods around Bakersfield that are really hoods

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Bakersfield aren't all bad. Tevis Ranch 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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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Bakersfield For 2021?

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