With a population of 161,043 in 2014, Lancaster was one of California's larger cities. A median housing price of just $159,200 through 2013 also made Lancaster one of California's most affordable areas. Current residents enjoy over 600 acres of developed or planned parkland and numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Known for its business-friendly environment, Lancaster has also attracted major manufacturers such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, BAE, and Northrop Grumman in recent years.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), four institutions of higher education can be found in and around Lancaster. That list encompasses a diverse array of schools, including both career institutes and beauty colleges. The total enrollment of Lancaster colleges was 15,498 in 2014, which was the last time schools reported.
As a public, two-year school, Antelope Valley College focuses on career preparation courses and associate degrees. Enrollment included 14,578 students in 2014, and each enjoyed a student-to-faculty ratio of 26:1.
As a health care focused training school, Career Care Institute offers career training in disciplines such as X-ray technology, vocational nursing, medical assisting, and dental assisting. Enrollment included 585 students in 2014, and programs culminated in career diplomas.
With a focus on health care, High Desert Medical College offers a handful of technical training programs. Included are programs in ultrasound technology, dental assisting, medical administration, pharmacy technician, and vocational nursing. As of 2014, student enrollment was 211.
As a beauty and cosmetology school, Lancaster Beauty School offers training in barbering, skin care, nail technology, advanced manicuring, and cosmetology instructing. Enrollment included 124 students in 2014, and each enjoyed a student-to-faculty ratio of 21:1.
Key industries such as health care, technology, and manufacturing continue feeding Lancaster's economic growth. Meanwhile, a low median housing value of just $159,200 through 2013 helped keep Lancaster affordable for families.
According to U.S. Census estimates, Lancaster's population was approximately 161,043 in 2014. Through 2013, 15.7 percent of Lancaster adults held a Bachelor's degree and 79.8 percent held a high school diploma or better. A total of 14.6 percent of the population was foreign-born through 2013, and 25.6 percent spoke a language other than English at home that year.
Lancaster, California has won numerous awards over the years. That list includes the National Energy Globe Award, several Helen Putnam Awards of Excellence, and multiple 3CMA awards. The city also prides itself on its forward-thinking alternative energy and water conservation efforts.
|School||Total Enrollment||Institution Level||Avg In-State Tuition||Programs Offered|
|Antelope Valley College||14,105||Four or more years||1,104||115|
|Lancaster Beauty School||142||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||5|
|University of Antelope Valley||881||Four or more years||N/A||26|
|Career Care Institute||160||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||4|
|High Desert Medical College||619||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||6|
|Saint Joseph's School of Nursing||26||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||3|