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Welcome to the Southern Gateway to the Central Valley; Bakersfield is the ninth largest city in California and is one of the fastest growing regions in the nation. More than 800,000 people call this golden state city home, conveniently residing 300 miles south of Sacramento and 110 miles north of Los Angeles. The city ranks third in the United States in agriculture-related business, and State Farm, Frito-Lay, Nestlé, and Chevron are its biggest employers.
B-Town, Bako, Nashville West, and the city's most popular nickname as California's Country Music Capital made it apropos as the birthplace of the music genre known around the world as the Bakersfield Sound. Native born musicians include country music artist Buck Owens, Country Music Hall of Famer Merle Haggard, Hall of Fame Guitarist Bill Aken, American Latin jazz musician Louie Cruz Beltran, and renowned jazz pianist David Benoit.
B-Town has something for everyone with a variety of recreational and cultural attractions, including three raceways: Auto Club Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield Speedway and Buttonwillow Raceway; and award wining museums such as the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, the Bakersfield Museum of Art, and the Buck Owens Crystal Palace. Foodies indulge in an impressive array of locally-owned, authentic restaurants, including more Basque restaurants than any other city in the nation. Outdoor enthusiasts exercise their rights to walk, jog, and bike on over thirty miles of scenic pathway skirted by the Kern River, aka, the Kern River Parkway.