Cost of living in Bakersfield, California, United States

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $13
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $3.90
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.02
12 eggs, large $4.12
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $3.45
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $2.98
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.93
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.33
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $13
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.93
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.94
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $1,627
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,025
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $281
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $995
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $749
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $143
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $44
40” flat screen TV $411
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $119
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $8
Hourly rate for cleaning help $15
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $48
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $41
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $74
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $94
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $28,632
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.87
Monthly ticket public transport $35
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $22
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $9
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $25
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $94
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.30
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.99
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.13
Tube of toothpaste $2.14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $15
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $46
2 tickets to the movies $23
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $105
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $73
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.76
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $4.86
iPod nano 16GB $140
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.24
1 month of gym membership in business district $34
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $5.78
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 94 prices entered by 16 different people.
Latest price update: April 23, 2017.

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