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Bakersfield, California

Bakersfield is the county seat of Kern County, California, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 247,057. The city's economy thrives on agriculture, and petroleum extraction and refining.

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Bakersfield's main airport is Meadows Field Airport. It is home to a California State University, a community college, a civic center/arena hosting a symphony orchestra and an ECHL hockey team; and an increasing number of metropolitan amenities as the city grows and grows.


As with many cities in the Central Valley of California, many Bakersfield residents have ancestors who migrated to the area from the Midwest during the Dust Bowl. In John Steinbeck's historical novel The Grapes of Wrath, Bakersfield is one of the locations that the protagonists pass through.

In the 1950s, local country musicians such as Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Wynn Stewart helped invent a rock and roll-influenced country music style called the Bakersfield sound. Their influence was so great that Bakersfield is second only to Nashville, Tennessee, in country music fame. Rock groups Korn, Adema, and Orgy were also formed in Bakersfield.

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Bascom Expands Central Valley Portfolio to 10 Properties With Acquisition of Autumn Glen and Serena Vista Apartments

BAKERSFIELD, Calif., June 12, 2012 -- Irvine, California-based The Bascom Group, LLC has acquired the Autumn Glen and Serena Vista Apartments, a two-property portfolio, consisting of 250 units in Bakersfield, California, for $18.7M. The sale closed on June 8, 2012 and expanded Bascom's presence in Bakersfield to 487 units and expands the Central Valley portfolio to 10 properties totaling 1,401 units, ranking Bascom as the largest owner in Bakersfield and the Central Valley. The onsite property management will be overseen by AMC. Read more about this Bakersfield, California press release.

International Education Corp Opens UEI College Campus in Bakersfield, CA

BAKERSFIELD, Calif., March 20, 2012 -- International Education Corporation (IEC), a leading national provider of career education and operator of UEI College, announced the opening of its newest campus in Bakersfield, California. This will be IEC's 17th campus in the United States. Read more about this Bakersfield, California press release.

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