A+ Lompoc Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Lompoc Cost of Living Cost of living is 15% lower than California
12020% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Lompoc cost of living
F Lompoc Crime Total crime is 5% lower than California
Total crime
2,6744% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 384% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-1%Year over year crime is down
Lompoc crime
F Lompoc Employment Household income is 27% lower than California
Median household income
$46,72816% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,61331% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%52% higher than the US average
Lompoc employment
C Lompoc Housing Home value is 39% lower than California
Median home value
$250,30036% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9904% higher than the US average
Home ownership
44%32% lower than the US average
Lompoc real estate or Lompoc rentals
F Lompoc Schools HS graduation rate is 11% lower than California
High school grad. rates
71%14% lower than the US average
School test scores
25%49% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:123% higher than the US average
Lompoc K-12 schools

Living in Lompoc, CA

Lompoc, California is a medium-sized city with a population of 43,678 people. With a population density of 3,758 people per square mile, Lompoc is well above the nation's average density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Lompoc identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 36% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. Lompoc tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 33 is far below the national average.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a good experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Lompoc, California. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in Lompoc and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Lompoc to California and the national average.

Lompoc, CA receives 63/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #819 in California and #20,427 in the USA. If we explore each of the categories on their own, we see that Lompoc ranks well for amenities (A+) and weather (B). Lompoc does not score well for the following: crime (D-), cost of living (F), education (F) and employment (F). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Lompoc, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: La Purisima State Historical Park, Jalama Beach County Park, and Return to Freedom, American Wild Horse Sanctuary.

Lompoc real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Lompoc. The median home price for Lompoc homes is $250,300, which is 38.8% lower than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Lompoc, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 5.4, which is 15.6% lower than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Lompoc area were 6.5% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 11.2%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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      Lompoc — A Hidden Gem in California's Central Coast

      Lompoc is a really great and lesser-known place in Santa Barbara county, located about halfway between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. It is one of those places in California that is both wonderful to live in and to visit. When I lived there for a couple years after attending UC Santa Barbara, I was happy I could still enjoy many outdoor recreational activities like riding my bike, hiking on trails with great views, and going to the beach. I liked that Lompoc was less expensive to live in than Santa Barbara. Even though it is not as well-known as Santa Barbara, I think it offers the resident the same quality of life overall.

      My favorite beach and area in Lompoc are Jalama Beach and Jalama Beach County Park. Jalama Beach is very long and it takes more than an hour to walk the whole stretch of beach. The beach is beautiful with dramatic and rocky cliffs, and it is often not as crowded as other beaches in the area. Even with the cliffs, there are still plenty of good sandy spots on the beach to relax, picnic, or read a good book. You do drive on a windy road to get there, but once you are there it's peaceful yet with all of the amenities you need - a good amount of parking, restrooms, and even delicious Jalama Beach Burgers for sale. Don't be surprised if you see seals lounging on the rocks as well. There are also cabins there for the overnight visitor!

      Lompoc also has a great Old Town that doesn't feel extremely touristy. This is where you will find the historical attractions of Lompoc like the Andrew L. Huyck House, a pioneer family's victorian house from the late 1880s that was originally dragged into town by 30 horses. The Lompoc Museum is also located there. My favorite coffee shop there is South Side Coffee, where many of the locals hang out and there are often paintings and photography by local artists on the wall. Their house coffee is one of my favorite coffees anywhere, and the sandwiches and cafe food are very good too. Lompoc overall has a great hometown atmosphere that is good for families, students, and young adults alike. The only drawback is there is not the job base like there is if you are living closer to LA or San Francisco, but I think this is true of much of the Central Coast. There are still jobs if you find your niche there or work in the tourist industry.
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      Source: The Lompoc, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).