Lancaster 63 Below average
Lancaster Livability #763 ranked city in California#19,634 ranked city in the USARanks better than 32% of areas
A+ Lancaster Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Lancaster Cost of Living Cost of living is 20% lower than California
11212% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Lancaster cost of living
F Lancaster Crime Total crime is 4% lower than California
Total crime
2,4665% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 415% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-17%Year over year crime is down
Lancaster crime
D- Lancaster Employment Household income is 25% lower than California
Median household income
$47,68414% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$19,21236% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%7% higher than the US average
Lancaster employment
C- Lancaster Housing Home value is 55% lower than California
Median home value
$186,0001% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,08514% higher than the US average
Home ownership
55%14% lower than the US average
Lancaster real estate or Lancaster rentals
F Lancaster Schools HS graduation rate is 2% lower than California
High school grad. rates
78%6% lower than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:137% higher than the US average
Lancaster K-12 schools
C Lancaster User Ratings There are a total of 12 ratings in Lancaster
Overall user rating
65% 12 total ratings
User reviews rating
77% 3 total reviews
User surveys rating
56% 9 total surveys
all Lancaster poll results

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      Living in Lancaster, CA

      Located in the state of California, Lancaster is a moderately-sized city with a population of 159,651 residents. More than a quarter of the residents of Lancaster identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 19% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all Lancaster residents is 32.

      If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a fulfilling experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Lancaster, California. The best areas in Lancaster and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, weather, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

      The livability score in Lancaster is 62 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 28th percentile of all cities across America. Based on the grades for each individual category, Lancaster has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+) and weather (B). There is at least one category that does not have great scores in Lancaster. The following was graded with a concerning score: crime (F), cost of living (D-), education (F) and employment (D-).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Lancaster has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, The BLVD, and Saddleback Butte State Park.

      Assuming that Lancaster meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Lancaster. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Lancaster are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Lancaster come in at $186,000, which is 54.6% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Lancaster, the home price to income ratio is 3.9, which is 39.1% lower than the California average. Real estate appreciation rates in Lancaster are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Lancaster homes comes in at 10.4%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 13.2%.

      Lancaster transportation information

      Average one way commute32min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work84.0%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.2%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.5%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.3%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.1%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home3.2%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Lancaster, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).