Lancaster, California Population 2023

178,580

Lancaster is a city located in Los Angeles County California. With a 2023 population of 178,580, it is the 28th largest city in California and the 156th largest city in the United States.Lancaster is currently growing at a rate of 0.95% annually and its population has increased by 2.92% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 173,516 in 2020. Spanning over 95 miles, Lancaster has a population density of 1,894 people per square mile.

The average household income in Lancaster is $70,646 with a poverty rate of 25.09%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Lancaster is 33.3 years, 32 years for males, and 34.7 years for females.

Lancaster Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Lancaster was:

  • White: 54.09%
  • Black or African American: 21.07%
  • Two or more races: 10.11%
  • Other race: 9.45%
  • Asian: 4.58%
  • Native American: 0.63%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.07%
The current population of Lancaster, California is 178,580 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 173,516.

Lancaster, California Population 2023

Population by Race

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Lancaster Population by Race

Lancaster Population Pyramid 2023

Lancaster Median Age

33.3

Total

32

Male

34.7

Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 112,989 adults, (16,554 of whom are seniors) in Lancaster.

Lancaster Age Dependency

63.5

Age Dependency Ratio

17.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

46.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Lancaster Sex Ratio

Female78,52949.80%
Male79,16850.20%

Lancaster Population by Age

Lancaster Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3.69

Average Family Size

3.15

Average Household Size

53.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Lancaster Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Lancaster Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Lancaster Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 84.26%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 40.03%.

Lancaster Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$42,703

Average Earnings

$46,365

Average Male

$37,712

Average Female

Lancaster Earnings by Educational Attainment

Lancaster Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Lancaster Language

71.87% of Lancaster residents speak only English, while 28.13% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 23.57% of the population.

Lancaster Language

Lancaster Poverty by Race

rate

25.09%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.55%

Male Poverty Rate

21.70%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lancaster

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lancaster is Black, with 35.19% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lancaster is Islander, with 0.93% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.09%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.96%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 31.33%.

Lancaster Poverty

Lancaster Poverty Rate by Education

Lancaster Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Lancaster Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Lancaster Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

42.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.5%

Male Marriage Rate

40.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Lancaster Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Lancaster Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Lancaster Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Lancaster Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

7,518

Number of Veterans

6,813

Male Veterans

705

Female Veterans

Lancaster Veterans by War

Lancaster Veterans by Age

count

Lancaster Veterans by Race

Lancaster Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

11.05%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.53%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lancaster Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

53%

Labor Force Participation

49.3%

Employment Rate

6.6%

Unemployment Rate

Lancaster Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Lancaster Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Lancaster Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

68.31%

Born in Lancaster

80.82%

Native Born

10.06%

Foreign Born

4.16%

Non Citizen

5.91%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

80.82% of Lancaster residents were born in the United States, with 68.31% having been born in California. 4.16% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Lancaster Place of Birth

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Lancaster Population by Year