B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$170,600
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,066
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%

Lancaster Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    364
    273
  • Murder
    4
    6
  • Rape
    51
    41
  • Robbery
    201
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    828
    525
  • Theft
    1,223
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    305
    263

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$47,225
National
$53,889
Children
24%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    19%
    13%
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The beauty of living in Lancaster, is that you are close enough to the hustle of Los Angeles, without the TRAFFIC! Living IN Los Angeles County, but away from gridlock traffic! And if you like dry heat, well the desert is your place! It gets hot during the summer days, but our summer nights cool down like none other! Sunrises and sunsets that will take your breath away! BUT nothing can ever be perfect right? The problem with the AV? It is a commuter community, making relationships and connections with people out here is hard! You've gotta be proactive in getting involved in teams, churches, and extracurricular activities. It's not impossible, but it takes work!
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I was born and raised 28 years ago in The Antelope Valley. Although Lancaster is a medium sized town, its always growing & has a lot to offer. It's a calm and relatively pieceful town just 45 minutes North of Los Angeles. Lancaster is also 3 hours & 30 minutes away from San Diego and the same distance further North to Mammoth Mountain and the Sierras'. I see it as a hub, central to many amazing attractions. It's community is full of racial and age diversity, amongst many other attractions. We have beautiful weather all year long which makes it easy to get out & about to all your favorite spots. We have a plethora of restaurants', farmers' markets', theaters' , shopping malls and towns surrounding it with all the same features. We have many seasonal events, with no shortage of outdoor activities too. If you're looking for an affordable, quiet, desert town to live in, with all the features of a bigger city, then Lancaster may be of interest!
I have lived in this area since 2007. My family is originally from Northern California. The biggest change from for me was how flat and brown everything was! I missed having easy access to various outdoor recreational activities. The Antelope Valley definitely isn't for everyone. We are fairly close to quite a bit of Southern California's appeal, without having to deal with the increased cost of living and the horrendous L.A. traffic! I do appreciate the desert sunsets. The skies here can be so magical and because the terrain is so flat, you're able to see for miles! I love the summer nights here! Nothing beats them. Yes, the temperatures during the day are scorching, but it ALWAYS cools down in the evenings! Overall, I've come to appreciate the little things about living in this area, but I am definitely ready for another adventure!