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Overall 5%
Goods & Services 10%
Housing 22%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 and was released from C2ER in January, 2020; this is the most current data available.
The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexBenton ParkBakersfieldCalifornia
Cost of living105116140
Goods & Services110110111
Groceries110110118
Health care107107113
Housing78113196
Transportation123123128
Utilities146146118

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Benton Park is 25% lower than the Bakersfield average
  • The cost of living in Benton Park is 5% higher than the national average
  • Benton Park housing is 22% lower than the national average
  • California general sales tax is 42% higher than the national average
  • California state income tax is 55% lower than the national average

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      Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

      Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
      Household$35,419$2,952$826$1,063

      California Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      California7.25%10.5%

      California Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      California1%13.3%

      Goods & Services

      ItemBakersfieldNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $18.33$17.494.8%
      Beauty Salon $83.33$38.17118.3%
      Toothpaste $3.55$2.3253.0%
      Shampoo $1.17$1.0115.6%
      Movie $11.72$10.729.3%
      Bowling $11.67$13.8615.8%

      Groceries

      ItemBakersfieldNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.06$3.904.1%
      Fried Chicken $1.97$1.4041.1%
      Milk $2.14$1.969.1%
      Potatoes $3.88$3.1821.9%
      Pizza $8.99$10.3913.5%
      Beer $9.48$9.232.7%

      Health Care

      ItemBakersfieldNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $108.00$106.341.6%
      Doctor $121.25$115.255.2%
      Dentist $108.33$98.3810.1%
      Ibuprofen $10.90$9.2617.7%
      Lipitor $483.33$466.473.6%

      Housing

      ItemBakersfieldNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $214,600.00$184,700.0016.2%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,214.38$1,273.324.6%
      Apartment Rent $1,005.00$949.005.9%

      Transportation

      ItemBakersfieldNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $3.68$2.5942.0%
      Tire Balancing $46.67$48.904.6%

      Utilities

      ItemBakersfieldNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$312.56$167.6086.5%
      Phone $173.40$163.426.1%
      Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Weedpatch, CA2,39496-4%
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      Lamont, CA15,4391011%
      Edmundson Acres, CA3331011%
      Bakersfield, CA367,55511616%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Tampa, FL361,47797-3%
      New Orleans, LA382,9221000%
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      Honolulu, HI349,59718181%
      Bakersfield, CA367,55511616%
      Source: The Benton Park, Bakersfield, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.