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Old 08-11-2011, 06:58 PM
 
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Shafter is about 15-20 mins outside of Bakersfield....It's a Nice Safe Community with a population of around 16,000 and has lots of New and Older Neighborhoods.

You also have access to Highway 99 and Santa Fe Highway if you ever need to head into Bakersfield.

Here's some info for you about Kern County since you mentioned you enjoyed outdoor activities.

Visit Kern (http://www.visitkern.com/outdoor.php - broken link)
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Old 08-12-2011, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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I wanted to know from those familiar with the Front Range area and the Bakersfield to Fresno area how they compare in the quality of life
In my opinion the quality of life is better on the Front Range. Bakersfield is an industrial city with a lot of visible pollution and surrounded by large agricultural areas that have a strong odor. Plus it's in the middle of the central California valley which supposedly gets very hot in the summer (I have not spent time there to know).

If I had the choice between Denver and Bakersfield or its surrounding towns, I would choose Denver without hesitation: cleaner air, relative lack of crime and close to beautiful mountains.

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I really want to come home to CA but have been made aware of many of the issues facing the state these days and it seems troubling. I am constantly running into people who have moved here or elsewhere trying to get out of CA for various reasons.
We moved to the Bay Area last year from Colorado. We love it here and would not consider living anywhere else (in the U.S.), but it's also based on the fact that I have a high-tech job and there are lots of job opportunities in this area for me, so "struggling" to survive is not an issue.
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Old 08-12-2011, 04:11 PM
 
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The odors from the agricultural fields does not linger around every day,but occasionally drift in at times when the wind direction shifts,and Bakersfield is large enough where even when the odor does drift in it doesn't cover the whole city.

Yeah the Air Quality isn't the best here,but it has improved and the air is breathable for most people and it's mostly a problem for those with a sensitive respiratory system.

It get's hot in Bakersfield,but not as hot as places like Vegas or Phoenix...Bakersfield get's influenced by the marine layer at times,so it moderates our Summer temps and it's even more noticeable during the evening hours.

The crime in Bakersfield is also not as bad as other places of it's size,while their are parts with a higher crime rate,most of the city in my opinion is safe.


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In my opinion the quality of life is better on the Front Range. Bakersfield is an industrial city with a lot of visible pollution and surrounded by large agricultural areas that have a strong odor. Plus it's in the middle of the central California valley which supposedly gets very hot in the summer (I have not spent time there to know).

If I had the choice between Denver and Bakersfield or its surrounding towns, I would choose Denver without hesitation: cleaner air, relative lack of crime and close to beautiful mountains.



We moved to the Bay Area last year from Colorado. We love it here and would not consider living anywhere else (in the U.S.), but it's also based on the fact that I have a high-tech job and there are lots of job opportunities in this area for me, so "struggling" to survive is not an issue.
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Old 08-12-2011, 06:42 PM
 
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In my opinion the quality of life is better on the Front Range. Bakersfield is an industrial city with a lot of visible pollution and surrounded by large agricultural areas that have a strong odor. Plus it's in the middle of the central California valley which supposedly gets very hot in the summer (I have not spent time there to know).

If I had the choice between Denver and Bakersfield or its surrounding towns, I would choose Denver without hesitation: cleaner air, relative lack of crime and close to beautiful mountains.



We moved to the Bay Area last year from Colorado. We love it here and would not consider living anywhere else (in the U.S.), but it's also based on the fact that I have a high-tech job and there are lots of job opportunities in this area for me, so "struggling" to survive is not an issue.
I live in Fort Collins so I am very used to agricultural odor, especially being close to Greeley. it doesn't bother me at all. In fact wear I grew up in CA there were lots of dairy farms that had odors as well. But it has never bothered me at all. We are agricultural people, anyway. Thanks though for the comparison! I am also not bothered by extreme dry heat...110 + is just fine. It is the Midwest humidity I cannot hardly tolerate. I think Denver is the most air poluted city I have ever seen, but then I have not been to Bakersfield, or L.A. But have lived in Sacto/Stockton area. But I am told they are not as bad.

I personally don't care for the Rockies in Colorado. I don't feel they hold a candle to the Sierra Nevada, but thats just my preference and feelings. Thanks for your info and willingness to help it is greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-12-2011, 06:43 PM
 
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Shafter is about 15-20 mins outside of Bakersfield....It's a Nice Safe Community with a population of around 16,000 and has lots of New and Older Neighborhoods.

You also have access to Highway 99 and Santa Fe Highway if you ever need to head into Bakersfield.

Here's some info for you about Kern County since you mentioned you enjoyed outdoor activities.

Visit Kern (http://www.visitkern.com/outdoor.php - broken link)
Thanks for the link I am going to check it out. Thanks for the recemmendation of Shafter! I appreciate it! That helps very much.
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Old 08-12-2011, 06:46 PM
 
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[quote=Caliguy2007;20430842]Yeah the Air Quality isn't the best here,but it has improved and the air is breathable for most people and it's mostly a problem for those with a sensitive respiratory system.

What exactly defines a "Sensitive Respiratory System"? I have seasonal allergies that are moderate to pretty bad when I lived in Various places in Nor-Cal but Nor-Cal is infamous for its allergy issues. I don't have Asthma or Emphysema or anything else. Thanks for your help.
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Old 08-12-2011, 06:56 PM
 
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How do others on here who are familiar with the Bakersfield area respond to what UltrazGSD said about the Fresno area concerning crime, economy and quality of life. I feel she was commenting on the Fresno area, which could be quite different than the Bakersfield area, or maybe not, like I said I am not familiar with these areas at all. Thanks for any insight to the Bakersfield area in comparison to the Fresno area that she described. I have been leaning towards the Bakersfield rural areas for several reasons. Please comment on that, or if UltrazGSD is familiar with that area as well, feel free to chime in, thanks.
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Old 08-12-2011, 07:43 PM
 
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Such as Asthma or Emphysema,but i'm not sure how your allergies will be affected in this area since everyone varies.

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What exactly defines a "Sensitive Respiratory System"? I have seasonal allergies that are moderate to pretty bad when I lived in Various places in Nor-Cal but Nor-Cal is infamous for its allergy issues. I don't have Asthma or Emphysema or anything else. Thanks for your help.
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Old 08-12-2011, 08:25 PM
 
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It get's hot in Bakersfield,but not as hot as places like Vegas or Phoenix...Bakersfield get's influenced by the marine layer at times,so it moderates our Summer temps and it's even more noticeable during the evening hours.
True, but the humidity in Phoenix is typically much lower
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Old 08-12-2011, 08:56 PM
 
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The humidity is usually lower in Phoenix,but in my opinion Bakersfield's summers are still more tolerable.

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True, but the humidity in Phoenix is typically much lower
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