Bakersfield is a great place to live! Our traffic is minimal, you can get anywhere--from Seven Oaks in the far southwest to Bakersfield College and Bakersfield Country Club in the northeast in 20 minutes with our crosstown freeways.
We have excellent schools! I just attended Stockdale High School's graduation last night--scored 803 in state academics--that's fabulous--and students graduating last night in a class of 600 earned over $3 million in scholarship funds! We have excellent schools across the city, as well as private Christian and Catholic high schools, and we have many California Distinguished Schools. We have many neighborhood parks and the Kern River bike trail that stretches for 30 miles through the city. If you are concerned about crime--I cannot give statistics by neighborhood here, but you can find several gated communities with 24-hr patrol service. We are not as spread out as Fresno, with fewer farms and field between neighborhoods than Fresno has, as I remember that city. Check with our Chamber of Commerce!