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.
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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.