I have been familiar with Lancaster since 1992. I have to say it has grown into a community with promise since then. As with any city, there are the good and the bad. This, however, is all up to one's opinion.For starters the goods of this city. Lancaster has been thriving on the positive trend, as I have mentioned earlier. Plenty of things to do, but still not up to par with larger populated cities in California. Situated in the Antelope Valley (AV for short), it sits north of its neighbor, Palmdale. Lancaster has goods to offer for the residents of the AV. It has small strip malls for shopping, dining, and amusement. To include: movies/entertainment, fast food, decent all you can eat buffets, electronics/home furnishing stores, a fairly decent indoor mall in Palmdale, plenty of convenience stores just to name a few. You do not have to drive too far and out of the way to enjoy these things in the AV. Transportation isn't a problem either. The bus service is good, the Metro Link rail system (if you want to head down towards Los Angeles or connect to head down to San Diego), and with the advent of Uber and Lyft, there are easy ways to get around the AV if you do not have your own means of transportation. Traffic on the 14 isn't too bad. Although it can get busy in the mornings going southbound and in the afternoons going northbound as commuters travel to and from their place of employment.I would say Lancaster is centrally located to access practically great entertainment and fun. Think of it as a hub of a bicycle wheel and the spokes are the many ways to and from Lancaster. for starters, Magic Mountain is less than an hour drive away, Disneyland is within 2 hours, Las Vegas is within 4 hours, Los Angeles and the beaches are close for great summer fun, and San Diego is less than 3 hours away. All in all, Lancaster is not a bad place to live.Now on to the negatives of Lancaster. As I mentioned earlier, even though it is centrally located, the driving can get monotonous. Especially if you have to deal with the traffic. Yes, I will admit that California drivers can sometimes get too aggressive and cause accidents/a bad driving experience all around. The heat can get unbearable at times and the cost of cooling your home can become astronomical if you aren't careful. It can also get bitterly cold here. It doesn't help when the winds kick up and the wind chill can practically freeze your innards. Speaking of the wind, it can wreak havoc during the dry summer months and kick up a nasty dust storm that can cause accidents on the freeways when it is really bad. The cost of living can sometimes be a burden for lower income individuals or families. Things can get expensive here since we are a part of Los Angeles County and in California in general. City roads can benefit from widening as well. The city roads, especially in stretches where it is less populated, can get quite narrow. It is also difficult to differentiate where the side of the road meets the dirt shoulder in these areas, especially at night. Some of these isolated roads are quite poorly lit. Please be careful when driving on these roads.I am sure the one big question everyone asks is the employment opportunities here. The biggest industry that drives the employment here in the AV is the aerospace industry. Being close to Edwards AFB, you have companies such as Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, JT3, and many other contractors that deal with aerospace. Unfortunately it isn't easy to find employment within this industry, unless you have a vast experience in the career field of aerospace or military experience. And the biggest one of all is, knowing someone already inside these companies. Nepotism can sometimes run amok within these companies.When it comes to crime rate, I am happy to say that it has been on a good downward trend since I first visited the city in 1992. Being a now resident of Lancaster, that is a definite plus for me and my family! As with any other city, your safety is mostly dependent on you. We are the keeper of our own safety and being safety conscious can go a long way. For the most part, citizens of this city are quite friendly.The letter grading shown above is pretty much spot on for everything elseIn conclusion I would say that unless your expertise deals with military or the aerospace industry, you will find it difficult to find a good paying job within Lancaster without commuting further south. Housing is fairly good here and houses are still decently priced, but it is on the upward trend on the dollar scale.