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

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Top Real Estate Deals 2022-23

  • Plant Prefab, Modular home manufacturer, 270,000 sf located at Tejon Ranch Commerce Center, 440 jobs
  • Smucker, leases a 1,000,000 sf building at the Wonderful Industrial Park, Shafter, 150 jobs
  • Building Materials Manufacturing Corporation, which does business as GAF, expanded to 309,681 sf distribution facility at Wonderful Industrial Park
  • Sunrise Brands, leases 446,000 sf distribution facility at Tejon Ranch Commerce Center
  • Titan Cold Storage, leased 100,000 sf of existing cold storage space located in City of Delano, CA
  • The Garlic Company, leased 200,000 sf of cold storage to expand their cold storage distribution, Kern County

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: