Lancaster, CA

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2022 Population
171,465
0.207% 1-year decline
US Senator
Alex Padilla
Democratic Party
US Senator
Laphonza Butler
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
33.6
0.901% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
17.6%
11.3% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$71,367
16.1% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$368,800
21.6% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
64,930
1.66% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Lancaster, CA had a population of 171k people with a median age of 33.6 and a median household income of $71,367. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Lancaster, CA declined from 171,820 to 171,465, a −0.207% decrease and its median household income grew from $61,454 to $71,367, a 16.1% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lancaster, CA are White (Non-Hispanic) (25.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (20.7%), White (Hispanic) (15.8%), Two+ (Hispanic) (14.1%), and Other (Hispanic) (14%).

None of the households in Lancaster, CA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

94.1% of the residents in Lancaster, CA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lancaster, CA are Antelope Valley Community College District (3,742 degrees awarded in 2022), High Desert Medical College (484002) (855 degrees), and University of Antelope Valley (265 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Lancaster, CA was $368,800, and the homeownership rate was 57.1%.

Most people in Lancaster, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 30.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Lancaster, CA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Lancaster, CA is home to a population of 171k people, from which 94.1% are citizens. As of 2022, 13.3% of Lancaster, CA residents were born outside of the country (22.8k people).

In 2022, there were 1.24 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (44.1k people) in Lancaster, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 35.4k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 27.1k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

94.1%
2022 Citizenship
95.1%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 94.1% of Lancaster, CA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Lancaster, CA was 95.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lancaster, CA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    44.1k ± 2.5k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    35.4k ± 2.45k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    27.1k ± 2.26k
45.3%
Hispanic Population
77.6k people

In 2022, there were 1.24 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (44.1k people) in Lancaster, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 35.4k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 27.1k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

45.3% of the people in Lancaster, CA are hispanic (77.6k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Lancaster, CA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    3,899,021 ± 46,015 people
  2. Philippines
    824,230 ± 22,055 people
  3. China
    685,370 ± 20,148 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 3,899,021 California residents, followed by Philippines with 824,230 and China with 685,370.

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Foreign-Born Population

13.3%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
22.8k people
11.6%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
19.9k people

As of 2022, 13.3% of Lancaster, CA residents (22.8k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lancaster, CA was 11.6%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,161 ± 386
  2. Vietnam
    1,642 ± 267
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,050 ± 222

Lancaster, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.32 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Lancaster, CA employs 64.9k people. The largest industries in Lancaster, CA are Health Care & Social Assistance (10,422 people), Educational Services (6,790 people), and Manufacturing (6,772 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($96,316), Public Administration ($76,266), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($75,568).

Males in California have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $75,777. The income inequality in California (measured using the Gini index) is 0.498, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

64.9k
2022 Value
± 2,446
1.66%
1 Year growth
± 5.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Lancaster, CA grew at a rate of 1.66%, from 63.9k employees to 64.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lancaster, CA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,994 people), Sales & Related Occupations (5,304 people), and Management Occupations (4,964 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lancaster, CA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

64.9k
2022 Value
± 2,446
1.66%
1 Year growth
± 5.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Lancaster, CA grew at a rate of 1.66%, from 63.9k employees to 64.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lancaster, CA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (10,422 people), Educational Services (6,790 people), and Manufacturing (6,772 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lancaster, CA, though some of these residents may live in Lancaster, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$51,460
Median earning men ± $2,278
$43,000
Median earning women ± $1,294

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($86,875), Wholesale Trade ($72,585), and Manufacturing ($66,799).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($60,445), Wholesale Trade ($58,472), and Manufacturing ($57,056).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.57%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 17.9M people employed in California. This represents a 2.57% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in California.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in California went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 63.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (34.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.07%).

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing the state of California. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from California

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Alex Padilla
Senator from California3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Kamala Harris, who had become Vice President of the United States.
Laphonza Butler
Senator from California1
Assumed office on October 3, 2023
Appointed to the seat following the death of Dianne Feinstein.

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing California.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in California over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from California

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for California have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Lancaster, CA awarded 5,278 degrees. The student population of Lancaster, CA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 5,741 male students and 9,172 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lancaster, CA are Hispanic or Latino (3,067 and 58.3%), followed by White (926 and 17.6%), Black or African American (565 and 10.7%), and Asian (287 and 5.45%).

The largest universities in Lancaster, CA by number of degrees awarded are Antelope Valley Community College District (3,742 and 70.9%), High Desert Medical College (484002) (855 and 16.2%), and University of Antelope Valley (265 and 5.02%).

The most popular majors in Lancaster, CA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (857 and 16.2%), Airframe Mechanics & Aircraft Maintenance Technology (525 and 9.95%), and Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (447 and 8.47%).

The median tuition cost in Lancaster, CA for a public four year colleges is $1,104 for in-state students and $7,704 for out-of-state students.

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 14,913 students enrolled in Lancaster, CA, 38.5% men and 61.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Hispanic or Latino with 9,130 records, of which 61.6% were women and 38.4% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 355 degrees awarded
  2. 181 degrees awarded
  3. 178 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Lancaster, CA was General Social Sciences with 355 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Lancaster, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 3,742 degrees awarded
  2. 855 degrees awarded
  3. 265 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Antelope Valley Community College District with 3,742 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 1,763 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lancaster, CA, which is 0.502 times less than the 3,515 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was Hispanic or Latino students. These 3,067 degrees mean that there were 3.31 times more degrees awarded to Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 926 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 4-year or above ($1,104) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($20) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($900) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 2.08% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 2.26% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were Some college (6.9M), High School or Equivalent (6.8M), and Bachelors Degree (6.36M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lancaster, CA was $368,800 in 2022, which is 1.31 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $303,400 to $368,800, a 21.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Lancaster, CA is 57.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Lancaster, CA have an average commute time of 30.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Lancaster, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Lancaster, CA is $71,367. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Lancaster, CA was Census Tract 9010.07 with a value of $96,450, followed by Census Tract 9010.09 and Census Tract 9008.05, with respective values of $93,715 and $90,678.

Property

$368,800
Median Property Value 2022
±$6,867
$29,901
Median Property Taxes
±$1,316

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lancaster, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Lancaster, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

57.1%
Homeownership
2022
64.1%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 57.1% of the housing units in Lancaster, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 55%.

This chart shows the percentage of owner in Lancaster, CA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9010.07
  2. Census Tract 9010.09
  3. Census Tract 9008.05

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lancaster, CA was Census Tract 9010.07 with a value of $96,450, followed by Census Tract 9010.09 and Census Tract 9008.05, with respective values of $93,715 and $90,678.

The following map shows all of the places in Lancaster, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$71,367
Median Household Income
± $2,539
52.3k
Number of Households
± 1,946

In 2022, the median household income of the 52.3k households in Lancaster, CA grew to $71,367 from the previous year's value of $61,454.

The following chart displays the households in Lancaster, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lancaster, CA is from California.
0.498
2022 Wage GINI in California
0.497
2021 Wage GINI in California

In 2022, the income inequality in California was 0.498 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.107% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (76.4%)
  2. Carpooled (10.9%)
  3. Worked At Home (8.57%)

In 2022, 76.4% of workers in Lancaster, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.9%) and those who worked at home (8.57%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

30.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lancaster, CA have a longer commute time (30.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 8.09% of the workforce in Lancaster, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Lancaster, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lancaster, CA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

17.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lancaster, CA (29.2k out of 166k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 6 - 11, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lancaster, CA is Hispanic, followed by White and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

95.5% of the population of Lancaster, CA has health coverage, with 49.1% on employee plans, 24.9% on Medicaid, 10.5% on Medicare, 9.7% on non-group plans, and 1.33% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Los Angeles County, CA see 1354 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.66% decrease from the previous year (1363 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1097 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 245 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,354 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Los Angeles County, CA

Primary care physicians in Los Angeles County, CA see an average of 1,354 patients per year. This represents a 0.66% decrease from the previous year (1,363 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Los Angeles County, CA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 30.1% under 18 years, 22.1% between 18 and 34 years, 36.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 11.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49% were men and 51% were women.

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Uninsured People

4.52%
Uninsured
49.1%
Employer Coverage
24.9%
Medicaid
10.5%
Medicare
9.7%
Non-Group
1.33%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lancaster, CA grew by 2.32% from 4.42% to 4.52%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lancaster, CA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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