Lancaster, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Lancaster, California - Basic Facts

The City of Lancaster had a population of 168,588 as of July 1, 2017. 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.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Lancaster is located within North Antelope Valley CCD of Los Angeles County.

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, 2017.

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Lancaster, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 168,588
Daytime Population: Workers 57,161
Daytime Population: Residents 101,206
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 158,367
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.94
Population in Households 160,091
Population in Familes 136,042
Population in Group Qrtrs 8,497
Population Density2 1,788
Diversity Index3 86


Median Household Income $51,953
Average Household Income $69,152
Per Capita Income $21,125


Total Housing Units 54,128 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 28,914 (53.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 20,570 (38.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,644 ( 8.6%)
Median Home Value $227,146
Average Home Value $274,293


Total Households 49,484
Average Household Size 3.24
Family Households 36,587
Average Family Size 4
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.02% 0.82%
Households 0.72% 0.71%
Families 0.62% 0.72%
Median Household Income   0.93%
Per Capita Income   2.18%

Lancaster, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lancaster to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 Density # 635 58th
Diversity Index # 145 90th
Median Household Income # 889 41st
Per Capita Income # 1119 26th

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