Kern County At A Glance
Most people have no idea where Kern County is. They may know Bakersfield, but they do not know the size and breadth of the Bakersfield economy, and more so the Kern County economy on the whole. Recently Kern County was mostly just an agricultural and oil based economy, but in the recent years things have started to broaden.
San Joaquin Valley
The San Joaquin Valley is comprised of the expanse of land between Northern and Southern California, and focused towards the middle of the State. It includes economies like Fresno, Bakersfield, and many more. Of those San Joaquin Valley economies, Kern County is in fact the largest economy. We are the second in production nationwide, third in economic diversity, and fourth in STEM jobs nationwide.
Many people would have probably guessed the first one, but the second two I highly doubt are things people think of Kern County for. STEM is now becoming one of the major focuses to bring industry to Bakersfield and the West Kern area, while East Kern is more focused towards STEM projects that will produce a large amount of jobs as well. This bodes well for the future of Kern County as the job market is starting to go towards more STEM jobs and away from the more manual jobs that we used to have.
The Distribution Hub
Bakersfield is located within a 4-5 hours drive of approximately 90% of California’s population which lends itself directly to distribution and creating a distribution hub. The major freeways going through California also run through Bakersfield making it easy to go in any direction needed rather quickly. Therefore, Kern County is home to over 50 major distribution centers, and that number is increasing on a regular basis. For example, Target, Walmart, Amazon, Williams Sonoma, Ikea, and many more are already in the area, and expanding their footprint as well.
In the long term, I believe that this is going to bring a good amount of stability to this area, because although the jobs will not be the absolute highest paying, they are the jobs that are needed, and will be steady and bring a good steady characteristic to the employment environment here in Kern County.
Kern County Powers the US
Due to the expanse of unused land, Kern County lends itself to a good amount of renewable energy. Currently, the most known energy source is oil, which Kern County produces highly. Solar is also a growing energy source, and Kern County produces some of the most solar energy in the State. The Largest wind farm in the US is actually located in Kern County as well as the second largest solar farm. These are many things which many people may not have thought about, and may not have planned on being in Bakersfield, but I think this provides us with a good base to move forward with solid jobs, and a growing economy as well.
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