Bakersfield has the 53rd largest population in the United States. The population grew by 7.5% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Unemployment in the Bakersfield area is 9%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting better. Bakersfield has the 71st largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Bakersfield is below average at $46,170, and the median cost of a home in Bakersfield is $184,800, which is above the national average. 20% of workers in Bakersfield hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 79% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Bakersfield. 76% of Bakersfield workers drive to work alone, 1% take public transit, 15% carpool, and 7% walk. People in Bakersfield spend an average of 22 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.