works in Public
Affairs for State
Farm, and transferred
to the Operations
Center in Bakersfield
in 2003. As a single
was able to buy
her first home.
• Hilary Whitcomb relocated from Northern California when State Farm consolidated operations to its Bakersfield location. Hilary works in Public Affairs and handles legislative, community and media relations.
• “Bakersfield was a much bigger place than I thought it was.”
• “It’s a very friendly, close-knit community. When I was out to dinner after a day of house hunting, three servers came over to tell me about the neighborhoods, which ones they recommend…that would never happen in the Bay Area.”
• “The housing
market is hot right now.
It only took me four days
to find my house, and for
a single woman my age to
be working in the department
I want, and to be able to
buy a brand new house- it
doesn’t get any better
• “When I bought my house, my neighbors came over to meet me…That was great!”
• “There’s a common decency here. Even though it’s a community of almost half a million people, there’s still a small town feel to Bakersfield.”
• “I would be happy to live in Bakersfield forever.”
• “All the culture of L.A. is only two hours away and I regularly attend various events there.”
• “I use Meadows Field Airport to travel for media training and other seminars at our corporate headquarters in Bloomington, IL”
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“Close up of Hilary during the meeting at State Farm”