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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B
Lancaster is a town in Ohio with a population of 39,732. Lancaster is in Fairfield County. Living in Lancaster offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Lancaster there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Lancaster and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Lancaster are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$118,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$766
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Lancaster Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    125.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    108.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    51.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    646.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,380.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    138.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    12%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    39%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Lancaster

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$40,235
National
$55,322
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Lancaster is a very hometown kinda city. It is the main city of Fairfield County in Ohio. There is tons of stuff to do, city parks, cute downtown, restaurants, a mall, new movie theater, and shopping! Its only 40 mins outside of Columbus and 30 mins from the airport which makes it easy to get to just about anywhere! Lancaster City Schools has done a lot of improvements in the recent years. All new elementary schools are a huge attraction now. Also, a new principal at the highschool level has been a tremendous change for the community and brought back honor to the "Gale" name. Overall I love living in lancaster and I will always consider it home!
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Lancaster in a good city with many places to eat and lots of things to do. I do wish there were more generic places to shop, like the Kmart and Carnival that both closed. Lancaster is losing many of the shops that middle-class citizens tend to shop at. But as far as recreational activities go, Lancaster has many opportunities!
Lancaster is where I grew up. 30 years ago I would have given it a 3 1/2 star. It’s a struggling town. Very little industry which is common anymore. The local government is charging more and more on the utilities and showing nothing for it. The streets have not had a true re paving since I was young. For a decade now they just patch things. You will find this all thru the city. Pothole capital. Crime... getting really bad with drugs and the life long population on assistance. Out skirt neighborhoods are your best choice but not that great either. Lancaster does put on a summer festival that many like. It’s Lancaster’s attempt at summer attraction but has never really pulled it off in its 30 years. Downtown night life is 3rd rate but many have tried to make it nice. Town just can’t bring it together. The county fair is Ohio’s last fair of the season and is a good time, pretty much Lancaster’s finer moments. Rush hour Traffic to COLUMBUS bad