Introduction to Lompoc, California

Lompoc, California, in Santa Barbara county, is 21 miles S of Santa Maria, California (center to center) and 132 miles W of Los Angeles, California. It's situated in a beautiful valley in the scenic central coast of California. Tourism, seed flowers, wine production, vegetables, a Federal Correctional Institute and a diatomaceous earth mine are significant factors for the economy. The Vandenberg Air Force Base is a major employer.

Lompoc History

The area was originally inhabited by the Chumash Indians. Mission La Purisima Concepcion was founded in 1787. Over time, the mission gradually became ruins. The government of Mexico gave land grants in the Lompoc area known as "ranchos" to settlers. Lompoc was founded as a temperance colony. The city was incorporated in 1888.

During the Great Depression the Civilian Conservation Corps rebuilt the Mission La Purisima Concepcion at a nearby site. Beginning in 1958 the area experienced substantial growth due to the plans of the U.S. Air Force to construct the Vandenberg Air Force Base. A large number of houses were built to accommodate the people working at the base.

Lompoc Attractions

  • The Santa Barbara County Vintners Festival is a popular event.
  • The historic old town is home to a large number of beautiful murals.
  • La Purisima Mission attracts a large number of visitors.
  • The annual Flower Festival is a popular event.
  • Fabing-McKay-Spanne House is a noteworthy historic structure. A Blacksmith Shop and a carriage house are also on the property.
  • Lompoc Museum focuses on the archeology and history of the region.
  • The beautiful flower fields are in bloom during the summer.
  • South "H" Street is home to the largest collection of Italian Stone Pines located outside of the Mediterranean area.
  • The Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary is a large, beautiful acreage and is home to a vast number of wild horses and burros and is open for visitors during specific times of the year.
  • Olde Towne Market offers local entertainment and arts and crafts.
  • The Cypress Art Gallery showcases the work of local artists.
  • Artesia School House is a notable historic structure.

Lompoc Activities

Wine tasting is popular at the "Wine Ghetto" area and other locations in the city. The Santa Rita Hills is internationally known for quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. River Park is popular for camping, picnicking and other outdoor activities. Cachuma Lake is known for its natural beauty and provides opportunities for fishing, hiking, camping and nature cruises. Gaviota State Park is available for swimming, camping, boating and kayaking.

The scenic Santa Rosa Park features a rural valley landscape and is a great place for picnicking. The Beattie Park is popular with families. Lompoc is located in the Pacific Flyway and offers habitat to a variety of migratory and resident birds. It's a great place for bird watching. The region is regarded as one of the best bicycle riding locations in California.

Lompoc features a top-notch indoor aquatic center. The La Purisima Golf Course has hosted tournaments for the PGA and the LPGA and is enjoyed by golf enthusiasts. The scenic Pacific Ocean is nearby. It should be noted that some of the beach areas have dangerous rip tides.


Total Population 43,428
Male Share of the Population 52.3%
Female Share of the Population 47.7%
Senior Citizens 9.9%
Employed Population 16+ 16,677
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 41.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.1%
Median Earnings25+ $27,700
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,669
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,968


Median Family Income $51,629
% Above Poverty Level 78.7%
% Below Poverty Level 21.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.2%
% Using Public Transportation 3.7%


People Living Alone 25.8%
Median Gross Rent $984
Median House Value $230,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 64.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.8%
Irish 7.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lompoc Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles S of Santa Maria, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 132 miles W of Los Angeles, California
County Santa Barbara
Metro Area Santa Barbara - Santa Maria - Lompoc
Standard Zip Codes 93436, 93437
P.O. Box Zip Codes 93438
Phone Area Codes 805
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.639
Longitude -120.456

Lompoc Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station LOMPOC
Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 66 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 54 to 75 F
Oct Temp 50 to 76 F
Annual Precip 15.8 inches
Distance 25.1 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 66 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 53 to 80 F
Oct Temp 50 to 78 F
Annual Precip 17.8 inches
Distance 27.4 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 66 F
Apr Temp 44 to 74 F
Jul Temp 53 to 91 F
Oct Temp 48 to 83 F
Annual Precip 21.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Buellton 4,977 $84,289
Guadalupe 7,218 $44,504
Santa Maria 102,618 $52,880
Solvang 5,456 $78,618

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lompoc Public Libraries

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Lompoc Hospitals

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(805) 737-3300
Emergency Service: Yes

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