Crime is not a problem in Bakersfield, I have resided here for the past 50 years and I love this town. It is true our weather is similar to Fresno as we have all four seasons summer being the longest one. Bakersfield is known for friendly people, great restaurants and teriffic private and public schools. We have a lot of community functions and fund raisers. Unlike Santa Barbara County, Bakersfield housing is more affordable. We have lots to choose from such as gated communities situated on golf courses, housing close to Cal State University, or Bakersfield College. If you are planning to come to town, let me know I can arrange to show you around!