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Renter's Guide to Bakersfield

Welcome to Bakersfield, California! With its lower-than-average cost of living, down-to-earth community, and large school system, Bakersfield can be a good place to raise a family. Parents will benefit from the city’s strong job growth, as well. The city ranks as the 20th best in California for family life and fun.

Meanwhile, you're just a short trip from cities like Los Angeles, for those times where you're feeling a little bored. Want to know more? Let's take a look.

Bakersfield comes in at about 143 square miles wide, which makes it just over half the size of San Francisco and a third of the size of Los Angeles.

The city is located about 109 miles from Fresno, 110 miles from LA, and 231 miles from San Diego, which means it's only a short road trip away from these cities.

Bakersfield has a desert climate, though the city itself doesn't look much like a desert. But it does have long, dry summers and cool winters.

Despite the hot weather during portions of the year and the lack of rain, Bakerfield's mild falls and springs make it great for agriculture.

Bakersfield, CA Demographics

  • Total Population558,300
  • Female 276,503
    Male 281,796
  • Median Age30

Cost of Living in Bakersfield, CA

If you're wondering what it costs to live in Bakersfield, we've got some info for you. For starters, Bakersfield is the 32nd most affordable city in California. For $50, you can enjoy dinner for two at a local, mid-range restaurant. And $4 will get you a pick-me-up cappuccino after.

Public transportation in Bakersfield is provided by Golden Empire Transit (GET). You can ride the bus for $1.50, or buy a 31-day pass for $40.

Utilities for a 915-square-foot apartment will average out at about $142 a month, which is just below the national average.

Bakersfield, CA Average Rent

  • Bakersfield, CA Average Rental Price, October, 2016$879/mo
  • Studio$603
  • 1 Bedroom$778
  • 2 Bedrooms$901

Bakersfield, CA Apartment Rent Ranges

  • 21%$501-$700
  • 50%$701-$1,000
  • 27%$1,001-$1,500
  • 1%$1,501-$2,000

Bakersfield, CA Rent Trends

All Rentals Studio 1 Bed 2 Beds
Average Rent October, 2016 $879 $603 $778 $901
Jan / 2016 $866 $599 $774 $904
Sept / 2015 $844 $602 $768 $877
May / 2015 $844 $610 $777 $880
Jan / 2015 $837 $592 $760 $867
Sept / 2014 $847 $579 $771 $874
May / 2014 $837 $580 $738 $873
Jan / 2014 $808 $580 $736 $846
Sept / 2013 $808 $576 $739 $851
May / 2013 $803 $555 $732 $842
Jan / 2013 $811 $572 $724 $853

Average rent is projected to grow by 7% in 2016 compared to 2015.

Please note that projected rent growth is calculated at city level.

Average rent values on this page are aggregated from data from the following zip codes: 9330193304933059330693307933089330993311933129331393314

Living in Bakersfield

Like any other city, living in Bakersfield has its pros and cons.

For one, it's less crowded, has less traffic, and is cheaper than bigger California cities like Los Angeles and San Diego. Though Bakersfield is fairly conservative, there's plenty of diversity. The large Hispanic community here means lots of Tex-Mex specialties and plenty of margaritas to wash it down.

On the other hand, the city has less nightlife, restaurants, sports, and other amenities than the bigger cities mentioned above. Bakersfield also has some of the worst air pollution in the US.

It all depends on what you're looking for. But if you prefer to save money and avoid crowds, Bakersfield can be a good bet.

Things to do in Bakersfield

If you're going to live here, you're going to want some things to do. Don't worry, we'll give you the run down.

Bakersfield has a few cool museums to check out, which includes the Kern County Museum, Bakersfield Museum of Art, the Crystal Palace and Museum, the California Area Living Museum, and the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History.

Crystal Palace also serves as a rocking music venue, while the California Area Living Museum (or CALM) puts on an awesome light show every holiday season.

The Kern County Fair is another annual event worth visiting. There's rides, rodeos, and concerts to keep you and the whole family entertained.

For sports, Bakersfield has two minor league teams, the Bakersfield Blaze baseball team and the Bakersfield Condors hockey team. Two of the local colleges—Bakersfield College and California State University, Bakersfield—also have robust sports programs.

If you just want to take a stroll, head on over to The Park at River Walk. Or you can hop on your bike and pedal over to the Kern River Parkway Trail.

Shoppers can check out Valley Plaza Mall and The Marketplace for all their needs, whether it's new clothes or fancy electronics.

Employment and Economy in Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield's biggest industries are agriculture, energy and healthcare, so you're in luck if you work in any of these domains. The city also ranks 13th for teleworking among small metro areas.

The city also shows higher-than-average job growth. Forbes ranks it among the top 30 cities in the country in this regard.

Bakersfield, CA Households

  • Total Number of Households173,590
  • Family 132,346
    Non-family 41,244
  • Children 82,796
    No Children 90,792
  • Average People Per Household3.13
  • Median Household Income$56,138
  • Median Household Disposable Income$29,371

Bakersfield, CA Crime Rate and Statistics

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Top Colleges in Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield is part of California's largest high school district, Kern High School District. The city alone has 15 public high schools.

Bakersfield's two most prominent colleges are California State University, Bakersfield and Bakersfield College, which is a community college.

Bakersfield, CA Education Statistics

  • 19%No High School
  • 19%Some HighSchool
  • 31%Some College
  • 9%Associate Degree
  • 14%Bachelor Degree
  • 7%Graduate Degree

Tips for Renting in Bakersfield

It's always good to know what you're getting into, so let's take a look at some of Bakersfield's tenant laws to make sure you're prepared if you choose the city as your next place to call home.

Let's say you want to break your lease—for whatever reason. Under California state law, there are a variety of legal reasons for you to get out of your lease. These include things like roach infestations, an illegally converted garage, or even noisy neighbors.

If you don't have a legal reason to break the lease, you may have to shell out some cash. But fortunately, your landlord is required by law to minimize the losses that he takes when you move out. That means that if you can refer new tenants who are willing to lease the property after you're gone, you can minimize or even completely eliminate your financial liability.

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