Lancaster, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Lancaster, California - Basic Facts

The City of Lancaster had a population of 164,664 as of July 1, 2015. Lancaster ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Lancaster is located at latitude 34.6936 and longitude -118.1753 in Los Angeles County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lancaster (see map below) encompass a land area of 94.3 sq. miles and a water area of 0.26 sq. miles. Los Angeles County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 2,359 feet.

The City of Lancaster (GNIS ID: 2411620) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Lancaster population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

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Lancaster, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 164,664
Population in Households 156,291
Population in Familes 133,096
Population in Group Qrtrs 8,373
Population Density1 1,747
Diversity Index2 86


Total Households 48,710
Average Household Size 3.21
Family Households 36,101
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 53,514 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 28,202 (52.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 20,509 (38.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,804 ( 9.0%)
Median Home Value $238,701
Average Home Value $270,907


Median Household Income $50,365
Average Household Income $65,505
Per Capita Income $20,545
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.96% 0.83%
Households 0.69% 0.77%
Families 0.6% 0.83%
Median Household Income   2.31%
Per Capita Income   2.37%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

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Lancaster, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lancaster to the other 1,523 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 30 98th
Population Density1 # 641 58th
Diversity Index2 # 150 90th
Median Household Income # 896 41st
Per Capita Income # 1033 32nd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE California Census Data Comparison Tool.