Kern County Profile


Kern County is often referred to as “The Golden Empire,” because of its rich history of gold, oil and agricultural production. Kern is the nation’s #1 agricultural producing county and consistently ranks in the top-five petroleum-producing counties in the United States. The county is host to major freeway systems, providing access across California and beyond! Kern has become the distribution hub for some of the world’s largest companies with over 50 distribution centers. It has the largest wind and solar projects in the U.S. and is a 4 hour drive from 90% of state’s population. Kern is home to Mojave Air and Space Port, Edwards AFB, and China Lake Naval Air Weapons Center.

Kern County Economy Overview
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Total Regional Employment


Medial Household Income

Top Private Employers 2020

Company Name Number of Employees
Amazon 5,000
Grimmway Farms 4,000
Wonderful Company 3,800
Dignity Health 3,300
Guimarra Companies 3,000
Dreyer’s Ice Cream 1,200
Ross Dress For Less Distribution 1,200
Aera Energy 1,100
Chevron 1,000
Kaiser Permanente 1,000
Target Distribution 1,000
Rio Tinto Minerals 800
California Resources Corporation 750

Top Public Employers 2020

Company Name Number of Employees
County of Kern 260,000
City of Bakersfield 183,350
Naval Air Warfare 4,100
Edwards Air Force Base 4,000
Kern County High School District 3,500
Kern County Superintendent of Schools 1,500
California State University, Bakersfield 1,200

Full List of Employers Click Here

Top Real Estate Deals 2020-21

  • Camping World announced a new 389,160 sf distribution center at the Tejon Ranch Commerce Center.
  • Amazon leased a 1 Million SF newly constructed building in the Wonderful Industrial Park.
  • Malouf Distribution, a furniture and bedding company, purchased the former Sears warehouse in Delano and plans to reuse the 1.2 million-square-foot building as a distribution center to serve the Western US, employing about 250 people within the next five years.
  • Hard Rock Casino, south of Bakersfield, was approved by the federal government for a 166,500 sf casino.
  • Global Clean Energy Holdings purchased the Alon Bakersfield Refinery for $40 million and will immediately commence retooling the refinery to produce renewable diesel from organic feedstocks such as vegetable oils.
  • Clearway Energy Group completed construction on a 192 MW plant in Rosamond.
  • Amazon, Distribution, 2,600,000sf, 1000 jobs located at Landings Logistics Center
  • Hadco, Distribution, 250,000 sf, 50 jobs located at Silver Wings Commerce Center
  • JoyRide Coffee, 20,000 sf, 20 jobs, located at North Meadows Business Park
  • Muskett, Manufacturing, 7 jobs, 26 acres, located in Kern County
  • UTC * RAS, Manufacturing, 15 jobs, 15,000 sf, located in the City of Bakersfield
  • Loves Truck Center, 45 jobs, 10,000 sf, located in Boron
  • Walmart Cold Storage Distribution, 600,000 sf, 300 jobs at Wonderful Industrial Park
  • L’Oreal USA located to the Tejon Ranch Commerce Center. 240,000sf, 155 Jobs.

Highlights of Utility Infrastructure

  • Pacific Gas & Electric provides utilities throughout the majority of County.
  • Southern California Edison also provides electric to some areas
  • Southern California Gas Company is a gas (utility) provider

Unique Incentives within Kern County Click Here