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Below are the rates of tax-free housing allowance (Basic Allowance for Housing, or BAH) that are provided to enlisted military personnel (with dependents) who are authorized to reside off base at government expense in the state of CALIFORNIA, for calendar year 2008.

In calendar year 2004, service members living "on the economy" paid an average of 3.5 percent of the housing costs out-of-pocket. That percentage dropped to zero in calendar year 2005, and has remained at zero ever since. Housing allowance rates are based upon rank, location, and whether or not a member has dependents.

The Department of Defense (DOD) employs Runzheimer International to collect the nation-wide housing cost data that they use to compute BAH. Additionally, DOD obtains current data from multiple sources, employing a "checks and balances" approach to ensure reliability and accuracy. Current residential vacancies, identified in local newspapers and real estate rental listings, are an important source of data. Vacancies are selected at random, and subjected to a screening process. Telephone interviews establish the availability and exact location of each unit sampled. DOD has designed the sample to obtain a statistical confidence level of 95% or higher. DOD also contacts apartment and real estate management companies to identify units for rental pricing. It is not uncommon for DOD to consult real estate professionals in a locality to obtain confirmation and additional sources of data. Where available, DOD contacts fort/post/base housing referral offices, to tap local military expertise and gain insights into the local concerns of military. Finally, DoD and the Services conduct on-site evaluations at various locations to confirm and ensure reliability and accuracy of the cost data.

For localities in the state of CALIFORNIA not shown on the chart below, see the DOD BAH Database.

2008 CALIFORNIA BAH Rates:

Locality E-1 E-2 E-3 E-4 E-5 E-6 E-7 E-8 E-9
OAKLAND, CA 1665 1665 1665 1665 1888 2169 2333 2514 2690
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 2454 2454 2454 2454 2512 2627 2770 2927 3061
CHINA LAKE NAVWEPCEN, CA 893 893 893 893 963 1088 1194 1311 1418
FRESNO, CA 1058 1058 1058 1058 1155 1451 1498 1550 1638
LEMOORE NAS, CA 919 919 919 919 1023 1258 1321 1389 1478
CAMP PENDLETON, CA 1554 1554 1554 1554 1711 1932 2033 2144 2291
VENTURA, CA 1708 1708 1708 1708 1761 2026 2146 2277 2474
VANDENBERG AFB, CA 1258 1258 1258 1258 1348 1636 1682 1732 1792
MARIN/SONOMA, CA 1792 1792 1792 1792 1889 1904 1995 2096 2234
BARSTOW/FORT IRWIN, CA 989 989 989 989 1069 1298 1362 1432 1494
SAN BERNADINO, CA 1278 1278 1278 1278 1322 1402 1436 1474 1546
TWENTY NINE PALMS MCB, CA 943 943 943 943 1009 1244 1330 1425 1512
BEALE AFB, CA 1128 1128 1128 1128 1229 1396 1453 1515 1610
SACRAMENTO, CA 1333 1333 1333 1333 1480 1663 1684 1708 1793
STOCKTON, CA 1065 1065 1065 1065 1161 1271 1349 1434 1518
VALLEJO/TRAVIS AFB, CA 1480 1480 1480 1480 1617 1768 1802 1840 1935
LOS ANGELES, CA 1873 1873 1873 1873 1996 2524 2535 2547 2643
SAN DIEGO, CA 1820 1820 1820 1820 1857 1987 2072 2166 2288
MONTEREY, CA 1562 1562 1562 1562 1709 2050 2218 2402 2570
BAKERSFIELD, CA 1003 1003 1003 1003 1073 1217 1331 1457 1576
RIVERSIDE, CA 1392 1392 1392 1392 1597 1747 1816 1891 1988
HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CA 948 948 948 948 1027 1366 1434 1508 1617
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA 1870 1870 1870 1870 1882 2207 2232 2259 2425
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA 1230 1230 1230 1230 1377 1601 1676 1759 1868
BRIDGEPORT, CA 1153 1153 1153 1153 1212 1535 1622 1717 1827
EL CENTRO, CA 985 985 985 985 1079 1204 1301 1407 1500
FORT BRAGG, CA 1046 1046 1046 1046 1147 1392 1479 1575 1670
PALMDALE, CA 1386 1386 1386 1386 1490 1653 1767 1892 2027

 

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