The City of Bakersfield was recently ranked among the top 10 cities where cost of living is decreasing.
Apartmentguide.com placed Bakersfield 9th on the list of U.S. cities, with the overall change to cost of living dropping nearly 3% from the first quarter of 2020 to the third. That change is owed to an almost 7% decline in grocery costs and another 7.1% drop in "miscellaneous" costs, according to the website.
The website called Bakersfield "the family-friendly side of the Golden State, a steady and reliable energy production hub with a low cost of living (for California, at least)."
Building continues in the City, despite the ongoing pandemic, as the Development Services Department continues to issue building permits at a pace expected to surpass 2019 levels. In October, the City issued more housing permits than in any other month in the past five years.