Bakersfield, California, a winner of the National Civic League's \All-America City Award\, is home to over 330,000 people. As it stands today, Bakersfield is the 9th most populous city in California, and the 57th most populous city in the United States. Bakersfield has many shopping and dining choices, and it is ideally located near highways, mountains, and other major metropolitan areas.
The majority of Bakersfield residents seem to use their personal vehicles to get around. Those who do not drive may have some luck using The Golden Empire Transit (GET) bus system in more populated areas. However, with projects like Bike Bakersfield, a non-profit bicycle advocacy group, awareness is increasing about potential travel alternatives. The city has an Amtrak station, as well as its own commercial airport, Meadows Field, which services several major metropolitan airports on the West Coast daily.