Bakersfield is a large city at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley in Kern County, California, United States. It is one of the fastest-growing large-population cities in the USA, and is located roughly equidistant between Los Angeles and Fresno, 110 miles (180 km) to the south and north respectively. As of 2008, the population was estimated at 328,692 within the city limits, making it the 11th largest city in California and the 58th largest city in the United States according to U.S. Census estimates. The Bakersfield Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has a population of 780,711, making it the 65th largest metropolitan area in the country. It is California's third largest inland city, after Fresno and Sacramento. The city's economy relies on agriculture, petroleum extraction and refining, and manufacturing. Bakersfield is also the 11th fastest growing city in the United States with a population of over 100,000, and the fastest growing city in the United States with a population of over 250,000.
Some Californian lawmakers are taking a look at how teaching professionals can be layed off. Previously layoffs were decided by seniority but after the new ballot, the layoffs can be based off performance and test scores instead. Currently, California is one of 11 states that currently mandate teacher layoffs are based off of seniority. Bakersfield recently ranked as the 19th out of 200 small cities polled recently by the Milken Institute. One of the reasons for Bakersfield's lofty position is the addition of 830 jobs thanks to fracking work being done at the Monterey Shale. The addition of the Highway 99/Interstate 5 intersection also brought more people through the area willing to purchase goods.