I was just about to post this same question, but decided to do a search first to see if there was already info on here. I'm just about to tell my recruiter to send my profile over. I've had assignments in Bakersfield twice. I just left Kern Medical Center in June, and I worked at Mercy (Truxtun and Southwest) 2 years ago. L.A. is 1 1/2 hours away and Vegas is about 4 1/2. The area has a small town type of feeling and the people were nice. I felt safe in the area over all. The second time I went, I was able to rent a furnished room for $425/month so I was able to save alot of my stipend money. As someone else posted, there are ALOT of travelers there. It seems like most locations that aren't close to the big cities have lots of travelers.