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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$186,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,085
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%

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
    422
    283
  • Murder
    4
    6
  • Rape
    51
    41
  • Robbery
    210
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    654
    500
  • Theft
    1,121
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    378
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$47,684
National
$55,322
Children
24%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    19%
    13%
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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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I have been in Lancaster for more than 12 years, and all can say is that this place is amazing. I see the grand opportunities for this city, it's workers, and thus it's society. Especially, for those seeking a career in STEM! Very close by we have Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Armstrong Research Center-NASA , Edwards Air Force Base, and City Of Hope, even Boeing! There is also lots of diversity, and good people! But like in any place, one makes themselves regardless of their situation. So as long as one takes advantage of their opportunities for the good, one can certainly reach support for ones dreams in, this great city, Lancaster!
My pet peeve about Lancaster is the climate. Especially recently, it has been awful! (At least for me, I'm not a heat type of person). If you enjoy summer in winter, then this is the place for you! Besides the weather, it's not a terrible place. In all honesty, for everybody 18 and under, it's all about who you surround yourself and what your goals are. There's a college prep high school called SOAR High School inside the Antelope Valley College so if your goal is to attend a top university, I highly recommend applying there. For everybody in their 20s' and above, the prices of homes are pretty low. Rent is cheap. The BLVD is basically the hot spot for the community. All in all, it's not a bad city, the real question is; Can you handle the weather?