With as many people are moving out of California, there may be reason to move there just as much. Whether it's just looking for a new life somewhere else or maybe just trying to move to a place with less snow and wind, California may not be such a bad option. But you always hear how expensive it is to live there. Well, if you shop around you're sure to find a place to settle. With so many options in such a long state, where would be a good place to start? Well, if you're looking for the cheapest place to live that still provides everything you might need there's one spot that is deemed exactly that.
Where to go?
According to UpNest, they say the cheapest place to live in California is Bakersfield. And reading more about Bakersfield, it doesn't seem like it's such a bad place to live to me.
The average price of a house is $250,000. That's almost $100,000 less than the average price of a house in Yakima.
It's only 2 hours north of Los Angeles so that's close enough to visit for the day without having to live there.
They have a Chic-fil-A. Yakima doesn't have a Chic-fil-A.
There's a lot of agriculture as well so if you moved to Bakersfield from Yakima you may feel right at home.
And just because it's cheap to live there doesn't mean it's a terrible place to live. Sure, it has crime and whatnot like any town does. Just avoid that. I know it's not as easy, but you know what I mean.
Some of the houses look great, too. I'd love to have a house with a palm tree in the front yard.
So if you're looking for the cheapest place to live in California, no need to look further than Bakersfield.
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