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Overview

Introduction to Lancaster, California

Founded in 1876, Lancaster is a city of over 125,000 people located in Southern California, in Los Angeles County. Lancaster is an hour and fifteen minutes northeast of Los Angeles. Edwards Air Force Base, home to the Air Force Flight Test Center, is just to the northeast of Lancaster.

Lancaster has received "League of California Cities Helen Putnam Awards of Excellence" in nearly twenty categories since the awards inception in 1982. Nearby Los Angeles was ranked in the top thirty "Most Fun U.S. Cities" in a 2004 study conducted by Cranium, Inc.

Lancaster experiences dry sunny weather. Summers are hot with average daily temperatures in the mid-nineties (degrees Fahrenheit). Winters are cool with average daily temperatures in the high fifties and low sixties (degrees Fahrenheit).

Lancaster Arts, Culture, and Entertainment

Lancaster residents have relatively easy access to the cultural, and entertainment offerings of nearby Los Angeles. Some attractions of note in Lancaster include:

  • The Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival
  • The City of Lancaster Aerospace Walk of Honor
  • The Lancaster Golf Center
  • The Lancaster Performing Arts Center

Lancaster is also home to a Minor League Baseball (MiLB) team, the Lancaster JetHawks. The JetHawks are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Lancaster residents also have access to the major sports offerings of Los Angeles, which include:

  • The Arena Football League's (AFL) Los Angeles Avengers.
  • Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • Major League Soccer's (MLS) Club Deportivo Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
  • The National Basketball Association's (NBA) Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers.
  • The National Hockey League's (NHL) Los Angeles Kings.
  • The United Soccer League's (USL) Premier Development League Los Angeles Storm, and Southern California Seahorses.
  • The WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.

Los Angeles County is one of the few regions in the United States where an individual can go swimming at the beach in the morning, and skiing in the afternoon.

People

Total Population 159,092
Male Share of the Population 50.2%
Female Share of the Population 49.8%
Senior Citizens 9.1%
Employed Population 16+ 55,879
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 43.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.4%
Median Earnings25+ $37,439
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,928
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,025

Wealth

Median Family Income $54,993
% Above Poverty Level 77.3%
% Below Poverty Level 22.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 22.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,075
Median House Value $160,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 70.8%
US/American 0.4%
English 4.7%
Irish 4.4%

Lancaster Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 45 miles N of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 93534, 93535, 93536, 93551
P.O. Box Zip Codes 93539, 93584, 93586
Phone Area Codes 661
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.698
Longitude -118.135

Lancaster Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LANCASTER ATC
Distance 4.4 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 57 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 66 to 96 F
Oct Temp 46 to 78 F
Annual Precip 7.4 inches
Station PEARBLOSSOM
Distance 19.2 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 57 F
Apr Temp 44 to 72 F
Jul Temp 65 to 96 F
Oct Temp 51 to 78 F
Annual Precip 5.3 inches
Station EL MIRAGE
Distance 29.7 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 56 F
Apr Temp 40 to 72 F
Jul Temp 59 to 97 F
Oct Temp 43 to 77 F
Annual Precip 5.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Lancaster, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

City Ranch (93551)

Del Sur (93534, 93536)

Fairmont (93534, 93536)

Hi Vista (93534, 93535)

Lake La (93535)

Lane (93534)

Leona Valley (93551)

Metler Valley (93536)

Neenach (93536)

Roosevelt Corner (93535)

Wilsona Gardens (93534, 93535)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Palmdale 155,810 $56,351

Lancaster Hospitals

LANCASTER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
43830 N 10TH ST W
(661) 948-4781
Emergency Service: Yes

ANTELOPE VALLEY HOSPITAL MED CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
1600 W AVE J
(661) 949-5501
Emergency Service: Yes

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Lancaster High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

LANCASTER HIGH
44701 32ND ST. WEST
661-726-7649
Serves 3,148 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27

ANTELOPE VALLEY HIGH
44900 N DIVISION ST
661-948-8552
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,866 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.4

LITTLEROCK HIGH
10833 E. AVENUE R
661-944-5209
A Title I School.
Serves 2,820 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26

DESERT WINDS CONTINUATION HIGH
45030 N. THIRD ST.EAST
661-948-7555
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 742 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.8

DESERT SANDS CHARTER SCHOOL
701 W. AVE. K #126
661-942-3357
A Charter School.
Serves 599 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 62.4

ANTELOPE VALLEY COUNTY COMMUNITY DAY
44709 DATE AVE. SUITE B
805-945-0695
A Non-traditional School
Serves 271 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

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