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Bakersfield California Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Bakersfield, CA (the Bakersfield-Delano metro area) was $927 in 2016 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Bakersfield was $939 in 2016. The median rent more accurately depicts rental rates in the middle of the distribution of rents and is thus preferred in the analysis below. 2017 Bakersfield median and average rent data will be released in September of 2018.

Data is also available below for Bakersfield rental vacancy rates, Bakersfield rent as a percent of median income and the fraction of renters in Bakersfield.

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Bakersfield California (2016 dollars)2

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $981 +0.93% +7.80%
California Median Gross Rent $1,375 +3.54% +11.70%
Bakersfield, CA Median Gross Rent $927 +0.98% +3.11%

Bakersfield, CA Real Gross Rent Trends

At $927, real median gross rent in Bakersfield was at its highest level in 2016 since the series began in 2005. Average gross rent for Bakersfield peaked in real terms in 2015 at $971 and is now $32 (3.30%) lower.

Real Gross Rent in Bakersfield: Bakersfield CA Median, Bakersfield CA Average, California Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Bakersfield

Date US
Median
California
Median
Bakersfield, CA
Median
Bakersfield, CA
Average
2016 $981 $1,375 $927 $939
2015 $972 $1,328 $918 $971
2014 $942 $1,278 $877 $924
2013 $910 $1,231 $899 $934
2012 $898 $1,219 $886 $906
2011 $898 $1,211 $865 $895
2010 $912 $1,241 $876 $908
2009 $916 $1,257 $913 $948
2008 $932 $1,284 $906 $946
2007 $885 $1,210 $850 $894
2006 $895 $1,207 $835 $865
2005 $869 $1,162 $792 $812

Bakersfield Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate is the fraction of homes for rent that are not occupied.3 In 2016 the rental vacancy rate for Bakersfield California was 5.00% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Bakersfield California

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 5.89% +0.04% -0.60%
California 3.31% -0.02% -0.91%
Bakersfield, CA 5.00% -0.74% -0.51%

Trends in Bakersfield, CA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Bakersfield peaked in 2007 at 7.08%. Since then it has fallen by 2.08% to 5.00%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Bakersfield CA, California, US

Rental vacancy rate in California

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Bakersfield

Date US California Bakersfield, CA
2016 5.89% 3.31% 5.00%
2015 5.85% 3.33% 5.74%
2014 6.32% 3.90% 5.21%
2013 6.49% 4.22% 5.51%
2012 6.77% 4.51% 6.35%
2011 7.40% 4.94% 5.92%
2010 8.17% 5.86% 6.71%
2009 8.43% 5.76% 6.67%
2008 7.86% 4.71% 5.70%
2007 7.87% 4.72% 7.08%
2006 7.70% 4.67% 5.36%
2005 7.74% 4.61% 5.77%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Bakersfield, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Bakersfield, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 22.29% in 2016 according to the ACS.

Bakersfield California Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.43% -0.20% -0.35%
California 24.36% -0.03% -0.04%
Bakersfield, CA 22.29% +1.12% -0.59%

Trends in Bakersfield, CA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Bakersfield household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2013 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 22.88%. Since then it has fallen by 0.59% to 22.29%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Bakersfield CA, California, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Bakersfield California

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Bakersfield California

Date US California Bakersfield, CA
2016 20.43% 24.36% 22.29%
2015 20.63% 24.39% 21.18%
2014 20.89% 24.57% 21.91%
2013 20.78% 24.40% 22.88%
2012 20.65% 24.69% 22.79%
2011 20.70% 24.59% 22.26%
2010 20.50% 24.18% 21.64%
2009 20.12% 23.52% 21.25%
2008 19.00% 22.32% 21.49%
2007 18.66% 21.58% 19.31%
2006 18.90% 21.80% 19.82%
2005 18.89% 21.77% 19.78%

Renter Fraction in Bakersfield California

You can calculate the renter fraction in Bakersfield in at least two ways: by housing units or by population. I've gone with the housing units measure here. This measure looks at the number of renting households in Bakersfield as a fraction of total Bakersfield households. In 2016 43.03% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Bakersfield Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.88% -0.09% +0.38%
California 46.36% -0.05% +0.15%
Bakersfield, CA 43.03% -0.38% -3.50%

Trends in the Bakersfield, CA Renter Fraction

The Bakersfield household renter fraction peaked in in 2013 at 46.53% and is now 3.50% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Bakersfield CA, California, US

Fraction of renters in Bakersfield

History of Bakersfield Renter Fraction

Date US California Bakersfield, CA
2016 36.88% 46.36% 43.03%
2015 36.97% 46.41% 43.41%
2014 36.90% 46.27% 43.43%
2013 36.50% 46.21% 46.53%
2012 36.09% 45.97% 42.22%
2011 35.42% 45.12% 43.44%
2010 34.65% 44.36% 40.96%
2009 34.13% 43.43% 39.89%
2008 33.36% 42.95% 40.43%
2007 32.80% 42.00% 38.32%
2006 32.73% 41.55% 38.09%
2005 33.10% 41.56% 37.24%

1. Gross rent is defined as contract rent plus the estimated average monthly cost of utilities (electricity, gas, water, and sewer) and fuel (oil, coal, kerosene, wood, etc.). Because some rentals include utilities and others don't, gross rent is a way of normalizing the variability.

2. Real dollars are calculated using the CPI-U less shelter series.

3. The rental vacancy rate is computed by dividing the number of vacant units for rent by the sum of the renter-occupied units, vacant units that are for rent, and vacant units that have been rented but not yet occupied.