Cost of Living

If you are looking for a location to start, relocate or expand a business, you’re in the right place. Kern County is one of the most affordable markets in the state (with a median home price of $200,500). Looking for more evidence of Kern’s draw?

Click the button below to see what your cost of living would be, based on annual salary, if you were to move here.


Cost of Living Index Comparison

Kern County’s cost of living is only 6% higher than the U.S. average!

Source: Cost of Living Index Annual Average 2016


Housing Comparison


Annual Commute Comparisons

County Kern Fresno Riverside San Diego LA
Source: Texas Transportation Institute Urban Mobility Study
# of Daily Commuters 304,000 383,000 1.11 million 1.7 million 7.29 million
Time Lost Due to Traffic (Yearly) 19 hours 23 hours 59 hours 42 hours 80 hours
Excess Fuel Consumed per Commuter 9 gal 11 gal 18 gal 11 gal 25 gal
Congestion Cost per Commuter $512 $495 $1,316 $887 $1,711

2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard. Download full report.