Bakersfield, CA, is a city in Kern County, California. It is located about 110 miles north of Los Angeles and about 20 miles south of the California state capital, Sacramento. The population was 368,516 at the 2010 census. Bakersfield is the county seat of Kern County.
The area known as Bakersfield is located in the southern San Joaquin Valley, which includes all of Kern County. The city limits extend to the eastern border of the county, while the county seat itself is located in the northwestern portion of the county. The city covers an area of 151 square miles (392 km2), making it the 53rd largest city in the United States.