Report: Bakersfield has worst drought conditions in US

Bakersfield is the "driest city in America," according to Doug McIntyre of 24/7 Wall St.

USA Today reported this weekend that the U.S. Drought Monitor shows Bakersfield, and presumably nearby communities within Kern County, covered in the nation's worst drought conditions.

The analysis - produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the USDA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - shows the 10 largest urban areas impacted most by drought are in California.

In order, they are:

1. Bakersfield
2. Hanford
3. Salinas
4. Gilroy-Morgan Hill
5. Santa Maria
6. Merced
7. Santa Cruz
8. Madera
9. Visalia
10. Fresno


While California has been in a drought for multiple years, last year's worst drought conditions were in Colorado, Texas and New Mexico, according to the 24/7 Wall St. report posted on the USA Today website.

This year's report found Bakersfield is 89 percent in "exceptional drought coverage" and 100 percent in "extreme drought coverage."

24/7 Wall St. reports that "Bakersfield's more than half a million residents are enduring the worst drought conditions among large U.S. urban areas."

The report also makes note of a lack of mandatory water restrictions in Bakersfield.

Less than 40 percent of the Bakersfield urban area was enduring extreme drought, and none of it was under exceptional drought last year, according to the report.