The 10 Cheapest Bakersfield, CA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Bakersfield are the cheapest of the cheap.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Bakersfield.
Cheapest Neighborhoods In Bakersfield

Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Bakersfield might be more expensive than living in rural California, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

So what exactly are those Bakersfield neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Bakersfield are the cheapest.

What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Bakersfield for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Castle Ranch looks to be the cheaptest Bakersfield neighborhood to live in.

At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Bakersfield. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Bakersfield that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Bakersfield.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from cheapest to most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Bakersfield Hoods In 2019

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Bakersfield, we had to determine what criteria defines ‘cheap’.

Using census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 37 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the ‘Cheapest City Neighborhood In Bakersfield.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Castle Ranch.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the cheapest places Bakersfield. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.

The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Bakersfield For 2019

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,903
Cost Of Living Index: 96 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.1 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.009 (5th cheapest)
More on Castle Ranch: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Castle Ranch comes in at $54,089 and the median home value is $113,500 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,854
Cost Of Living Index: 90 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.9 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.017 (12th cheapest)
More on Casa Loma: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Casa Loma comes in at $31,648 and the median home value is $60,600 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,731
Cost Of Living Index: 101 (10th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.2 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.02 (17th cheapest)
More on Stockdale Greens: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Stockdale Greens comes in at $54,042 and the median home value is $118,400 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,291
Cost Of Living Index: 110 (20th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.6 (11th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.007 (2nd cheapest)
More on Haggin Oaks: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Haggin Oaks comes in at $88,015 and the median home value is $232,600 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,292
Cost Of Living Index: 86 (1st cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 0.3 (1st cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.03 (34th cheapest)
More on Homaker Park: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Homaker Park comes in at $24,221 and the median home value is $7,450 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,840
Cost Of Living Index: 103 (14th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.6 (7th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (16th cheapest)
More on Park Stockdale: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Park Stockdale comes in at $51,450 and the median home value is $134,840 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,739
Cost Of Living Index: 97 (8th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.5 (6th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.025 (27th cheapest)
More on Rexland Acres: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Rexland Acres comes in at $36,108 and the median home value is $90,500 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,321
Cost Of Living Index: 106 (18th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.6 (8th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.02 (18th cheapest)
More on Quailwood: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Quailwood comes in at $56,593 and the median home value is $148,400 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,036
Cost Of Living Index: 114 (28th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.7 (14th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.009 (3rd cheapest)
More on The Oaks: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in The Oaks comes in at $91,875 and the median home value is $249,286 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,485
Cost Of Living Index: 115 (29th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.1 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.018 (13th cheapest)
More on Silver Creek: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Silver Creek comes in at $89,795 and the median home value is $190,500 for 2019.

Summing Up The Cheapest Places In Bakersfield

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Bakersfield where prices are low and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Bakersfield aren’t all cheap. Stone Creek takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Bakersfield.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Bakersfield For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Castle Ranch 96
2 Casa Loma 90
3 Stockdale Greens 101
4 Haggin Oaks 110
5 Homaker Park 86
6 Park Stockdale 103
7 Rexland Acres 97
8 Quailwood 106
9 The Oaks 114
10 Silver Creek 115
11 Terra Vista 122
12 Artisan 122
13 Tevis Ranch 113
14 The Seasons 110
15 Csu Bakersfield 120
16 Hillcrest 104
17 College Heights-Baker Street 92
18 East Bakersfield 93
19 Laurelglen 111
20 Spice Tract 102
21 Stone Meadows 112
22 Bakersfield Country Club 116
23 Eastridge Estates 111
24 Oleander Sunset 102
25 Southgate 97
26 Benton Park 101
27 Rio Bravo 129
28 Sagepointe 104
29 Downtown 99
30 La Cresta-Altavista 109
31 Riviera-Westchester 113
32 Lakeview 95
33 Seven Oaks 129
34 Tyner Homes 105
35 Ridgeview Estates 113
36 Stonegate 123
37 Stone Creek 128

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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