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Average rent in Bakersfield, CA

$1,460/mo Bakersfield, CA average rental price, February 2023
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The average monthly rent of apartments in Bakersfield, CA is $1,460.

    Bakersfield, CA apartment rent ranges

    About 36% of apartment rents in Bakersfield, CA range between $1,501-$2,000. Meanwhile, apartments priced over > $2,000 represent 7% of apartments. Around 44% of Bakersfield’s apartments are in the $1,001-$1,500 price range. 13% of apartments are priced between $701-$1,000.

    Bakersfield, CA rent trends

    Getting around in Bakersfield, CA

    64 /100
    Somewhat Walkable
    38 /100
    Some Transit
    54 /100
    Walk Score®: 64, Transit Score®: 38, Bike Score®: 54

    Frequently asked questions

    When were prices and availability in Bakersfield, CA last updated?

    Prices and availability in Bakersfield, CA were last updated on 26 Mar 2023.

    What are the best apartments in Bakersfield, CA?

    The best apartments in Bakersfield, CA are: Valley Springs, Serramonte Park, Polo Villas, Villa Mondavi and 6206 Stockdale Highway.

    What is the average rent in Bakersfield, CA?

    The average rent in Bakersfield, CA is $1,460. Start your search for apartments in Bakersfield, CA now.

    What is the price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in Bakersfield, CA?

    The price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in Bakersfield, CA is between $1,057 and $1,665. Browse all available 1-bedroom apartments in Bakersfield, CA now.

    What is the price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in Bakersfield, CA?

    The price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in Bakersfield, CA is between $445 and $1,835. Browse and find a 2-bedroom apartment in Bakersfield, CA.

    What is the price range for a 3-bedroom apartment in Bakersfield, CA?

    The price range for a 3-bedroom apartment in Bakersfield, CA is between $445 and $2,150. Browse all available 3-bedroom apartments in Bakersfield, CA.

    What type of rental buildings are in Bakersfield, CA?

    In Bakersfield 40% of the housing is rented out compared to 60% of homes are owned, according to the most recent Census Bureau estimates. 10% of Bakersfield’s apartments are found in large buildings of 50 units or more, 46% are located in smaller apartment complexes with less than 50 units, and 41% are single-family rentals.

    What do typical apartment communities look like in Bakersfield, CA?

    The age and size of multifamily buildings are among the most visible characteristics of the rental market in a city.  In this case, the apartment buildings in Bakersfield are about 33 years old, on average. Of these, 27% have been built since 2000, representing the newer options on the market and typically offering more amenities. Rental buildings in the city have an average height of 2 stories. About all of the rental communities here are low-rise, garden-style communities, none are mid-rises, and none are high-rise buildings. These are true especially for large-scale multifamily buildings with over 50 apartments.

    What apartment floorplans are common in Bakersfield, CA?

    Studio apartments in Bakersfield are around 6% of rentals, while 1-bedroom floor plans represent 28% of the total stock. For those in search of larger rentals, 2-bedroom floorplans make up 50% of all rentals. More generous apartments with 3 bedrooms or more are also available in this city for those in search of more space.

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    Renter's guide to Bakersfield, CA

    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.

    Tips for renting in Bakersfield, CA

    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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    Bakersfield, CA demographics

    Bakersfield, CA has a population of 398,756 according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. 200,980 of Bakersfield’s residents are women and 197,776 are men. The median age of those who live in Bakersfield, CA is 31.3.

    Living in Bakersfield, CA

    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.

    Bakersfield, CA households

    • 92,212 Family
      31,122 Non-family
    • 54,944 Children
      68,390 No Children
    • 123,334Total Number of Households
    • 3.2Average People Per Household
    • $69,014Median Household Income

    According to U.S. Census data, there are 123,334 households in Bakersfield, CA. 92,212 are family households and 31,122 are non-family households. There are 54,944 households with children in Bakersfield and 68,390 households without children. On average, about 3.2 people live in a household in Bakersfield, CA.

    Things to do in Bakersfield, CA

    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.

    Things to do

    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.

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

    Things to do

    Bakersfield, CA employment & economy

    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.

    Education 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

    The level of education of the population of Bakersfield, CA is as follows: 8% have no high school education, 36% completed some high school, 28% partially completed college, 8% have an Associate Degree, 13% have a Bachelor Degree, and 7% have a Graduate Degree.

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