Kern County offers an appropriate value to the people living there, according to a new study by Chapman University. Locals are even getting a slight bargain, the study found.
Jim Doti, an economist and a professor, led the study with his undergraduate students at the private university in Orange.
The research was called “the Amenities Factor.” They examined median income, average home prices, proximity to the ocean and the climate index to find the best values in the Golden State.
Doti and his students ranked 39 of California’s counties using this method and found out Kern County is 0.2% undervalued.
“I am a transplant from Chicago,” Doti said in a news release, “and I have believed for 40 years that there is more value to a home in California than just the price. The Amenities Factor explains why. We hear that the secret to real estate is ‘location, location, location,’ and the Amenities Factor proves the adage.”
Also, the study found Placer County is the most undervalued in California, and Santa Clara is the most overvalued.
An infographic that can be enlarged with the full rankings is below.
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