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Bakersfield ranked as most livable city for minimum wage, study says

Posted at 3:56 PM, Apr 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-23 11:39:51-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Guess what?!

Bakersfield is the MOST livable city in the United States for minimum wage workers, that's according to a recent study by

The website compiled a list of popular American cities and ranked them based on how easily someone on minimum wage could live there. It turns out, Bako didn't just rank high on that list but also ended up topping it! says they looked at the 75 most populous cities according to the US Census Bureau and gathered data based on hourly minimum wage, average rent for a one bedroom apartment, and average monthly cost of internet and basic utilities.

Researchers then calculated how many hours people living in different cities would need to work at minimum wage to pay for their apartments and utilities (not including any other expenses such as groceries or transportation). Based on those calculations, they were able to rank the cities from the least livable to the most livable for minimum wage earners. posted this data based on their research of Bakersfield:

  • Hours you’d need to work each week: 20
  • Hours you’d need to work each month: 85
  • Hourly minimum wage: $11.00
  • Average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $725
  • Average monthly cost of utilities: $208.18

The website said:

"Bakersfield sits in California’s Kern County, which is among the largest oil-producing counties in the US. To live on minimum wage in Bakersfield, you’d only need to work twenty hours a week, making it the most livable city on our list for minimum wage earners."

Fresno, CA came in second while Tuscon, AZ claimed the number five spot on the list.