Bakersfield, CA Cost Of Living

Demographics | Crime | Cost Of Living | Photos
Updated: 2020-03-08
116
Bakersfield's Overall Cost Of Living
1.2x
Higher Than The National Average
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Bakersfield is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Bakersfield, CA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Bakersfield has an overall cost of living index of 116 which is 1.2x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only California, Bakersfield has a cost of living index that's 0.8x lower than California's index of 140.

The standard of living in Bakersfield ranks as #4571 most affordable out of the 6522 places we measured in California. By definition, that implies Bakersfield ranks as the #1835 most expensive place in the Golden State.

Bakersfield Cost Of Living Vs. California

Living Expense Bakersfield California National Average
Overall 116 140 100
Services 110 111 100
Groceries 110 118 100
Health 107 113 100
Housing 113 196 100
Transportation 123 128 100
Utilities 146 118 100
For more reading on cost of living around California, check out:
Bakersfield Cost of Living Vs. CA

Bakersfield, CA Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in California, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

$240,900
Median Home Value
$1,078
Median Rent
$62,340
Median Income
Statistic Bakersfield California United States
Median Home Value $240,900 $475,900 $204,900
Median Rent $1,078 $1,429 $1,023
Median Income $62,340 $71,228 $60,293
Home Value To Income 3.9x 6.7x 3.4x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.21x 0.24x 0.2x

Bakersfield SnackAbility

6
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
6/10
Housing
8.5
Affordability
6
Diversity
9.5
Safety
4
Amenities
9
Education
6
Commute
8

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Bakersfield

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Bakersfield
Oildale, CA 34,723 105 0.9x
Arvin, CA 21,005 103 0.9x
Shafter, CA 18,923 107 0.9x
Rosedale, CA 16,737 135 1.2x
Lamont, CA 15,222 101 0.9x
Greenacres, CA 5,757 116 1.0x

Articles About California

Enjoy The Snack?