Population: 159,651Median home value: $186,000 62 Ranks better than 28% of areas
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A+ Lancaster Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D- Lancaster Cost of Living Cost of living is 21% lower than California
11010% more expensive than the US average
13838% 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
2,8243% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 363% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-5%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
22%55% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:137% higher than the US average
Lancaster K-12 schools or Lancaster colleges

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%.

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A desirable place to live if you do not like the fast pace of a populous city

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.
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Wonderful Sense of Community!

This is a wonderful smaller community in LA county. It is far away enough from LA to be distinct in many ways, yet close enough to easily access all that LA has to offer as well.

It has the beauty of the Southwest, yet the convenience of Southern CA. From the snow-capped mountains to the poppy fields below, the natural beauty here is unbelievable. The pace of life is much slower up here than most of LA.

It has grown much over the years from a small farming community, to now being home to some of the biggest aerospace companies in the world. It has a neat mix up people from lots of places. I grew up here, and am raising my kids here as well. I would recommend it to couples, families and retirees, but probably not singles because you really have to go to LA to experience the nightlife scene.

Enjoy the fairs, festivals, farmers markets, and local museums, as well as the myriad of places to hike in the surrounding mountains. If you are an outdoor enthusiast like I am this is a great place to be!
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Lancaster, CA - Conveniently Located

I grew up in the city of Lancaster and visit once or twice a year. It's amazing how much the community has grown over the years. There is definitely a lot of shopping venues between Lancaster and Palmdale, its next-door neighbor. Unfortunately, most of the shopping areas are strip malls, identical to every other strip mall in the country. Lancaster does have an outlet mall. To get away from the big-name stores and enjoy a day of boutique shopping you actually have to leave Lancaster and head down the 14 freeway into Valencia.

One thing Lancaster has which is nice, is plenty of parks and inexpensive living, when compared to other suburbs of Los Angeles. Sure, it's an hour away but a majority of Lancaster residents commute to Los Angeles because that's where the jobs are. Some drive, others take the Metro Rail or carpool. Lancaster has festivals and events on the weekends, when everyone is home. In the summer, they offer concerts in the park, a county fair and a lot of children's activities. Overall, there are enough attractions and things to do, so I recommend this city for at least a visit.
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Source: The Lancaster, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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