About this area:
Kern County has sometimes been referred to as “The Golden Empire,” because of its rich history of gold, oil, and agricultural production. Located at the southern end of California’s Central Valley, Kern County consistently ranks among the top five most-productive agricultural counties in the United States and is one of the nation’s leading petroleum-producing counties. Because of its unique geographical positioning, Kern has also become the distribution center for some of the world’s largest companies. The county is host to a major freeway system, providing access to California’s central coast, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah.