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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Lancaster is a town in California with a population of 160,113. Lancaster is in Los Angeles County. Living in Lancaster offers residents a sparse 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 liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$213,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,133
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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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
    493.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    58.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    185.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    622.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,289.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    453.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    18%
    13%

Working in Lancaster

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$49,314
National
$55,322
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I just moved here from Chatsworth in February with my family. So far, we've had a really good experience here. We live near a farm, so we can sometimes hear cows mooing, roosters crowing, and other animal sounds. However, Lancaster has more to offer than just a bucolic setting. There are many, many places to shop, eat, and enjoy yourself in an urban way. Furthermore, there's lots and lots of open property for sale--if you're looking for land development, this is the place! Lancaster is a mixture of desert, farmland, and city life where anyone can reside. Be warned--it can get very hot especially during the summer months.
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Lancaster is such a nice place to live. I live in a very quiet community. There are always people walking around on nice evenings and everyone around is pretty respectful. We keep to ourselves, and nobody seems to mind. I have lived here now for about 5 years, and it has been the best decision my family has made. Stores and restaurants are really close to houses, so traveling time is not a problem at all. I would definitely recommend checking it out up here!
Lancaster is home. It was the only city I had known for 18 years; knew it like the back of my hand! This small town didn’t seem to have much of an opportunity for growth as far as education/opportunity wise. Now that I am gone away to college, looking from the outside I just would love to see that city and it’s people grow by finding opportunities there or bringing them there and/or creating opportunities.