A recent study conducted by the non-partisan California Budget and Policy Center, examined what it costs to support a family in California. According to the report, Kern County, considered the second most inexpensive place to live in California, is not as affordable as previously thought.
Child care and health care costs rated higher in Kern County than the state average, with fewer providers and more competition.
Researchers found it would cost $57,411 for two-working parents to support a family in Kern County. Many Kern County residents find it difficult to earn that combined income.
Sara Kimberlin, a senior policy analyst at the California Budget and Policy Center, told Bakersfield.com that the study was conducted to educate policy makers and “to highlight what is the real cost of living in all areas of California.”