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Bakersfield Ranks Among top 200 Best-Performing U.S. Cities

City improved ranking in 2020 compared to 2019

Bakersfield was recently ranked as one of the top U.S. cities for economic performance, landing on the Milken Institute's 2020 Best-Performing Cities study.

The city ranked 138th out of 200, a jump of 24 places from just a year ago. Not only that, but Bakersfield placed 25th overall when it came to one-year job creation (2017-18). That's just three spots behind San Francisco in that category. The Bay Area city was No. 1 overall this year.

The City of Bakersfield is doing its part to spark the economy as well, with 31 new hires starting jobs with the City on Monday, March 2. Of that total, two dozen are Fire Trainees with the Bakersfield Fire Department.

Not only that, but thanks to the Public Safety & Vital Services Measure (PSVS) passed in November 2018, the City has created 150 new jobs from FY17-18 to FY18-19 and has filled 172 positions between July 1, 2019 and Feb. 17, 2020.

Many of those positions - 120 to be exact - were created by the PSVS Measure and related projects such as the Rapid Response Teams.