Lancaster, California Population 2021

155,559
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Lancaster is a city located in Los Angeles County California. With a 2020 population of 155,559, it is the 33rd largest city in California and the 165th largest city in the United States . Lancaster is currently declining at a rate of -0.65% annually and its population has decreased by -0.69% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 156,633 in 2010. Lancaster reached it's highest population of 159,813 in 2015. Spanning over 95 miles, Lancaster has a population density of 1,650 people per square mile.

The average household income in Lancaster is $70,646 with a poverty rate of 21.71%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,215 per month, and the median house value is $261,400. The median age in Lancaster is 32.6 years, 31.2 years for males, and 34 years for females.

Lancaster Demographics

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

  • White: 61.57%
  • Black or African American: 21.03%
  • Other race: 7.51%
  • Asian: 4.66%
  • Two or more races: 4.56%
  • Native American: 0.59%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.07%
The current population of Lancaster, California is 155,559 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 158,622.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 156,633.

Lancaster, California Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White97,91961.57%
Black or African American33,44221.03%
Some Other Race11,9507.51%
Asian7,4054.66%
Two or More Races7,2484.56%
American Indian and Alaska Native9460.59%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1180.07%
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Lancaster Population by Race

Lancaster Population Pyramid $2021

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Lancaster Median Age

32.6


Total

31.2


Male

34


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 113,405 adults, (15,611 of whom are seniors) in Lancaster.

Lancaster Age Dependency

62.6

Age Dependency Ratio

16

Old Age Dependency Ratio

46.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Lancaster Sex Ratio

Female

79,068

49.72%

Male

79,960

50.28%

Lancaster Population by Age

Lancaster Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Lancaster Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married67.4%32.6%
All53%47%
Male51.3%48.7%
Non Family42.7%57.3%
Female31.8%68.2%

53.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Lancaster Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All48,0833.1653
Married22,9653.8167.4
Non Family12,5591.2542.7
Female9,2183.9231.8
Male3,3413.8651.3

3.69

Average Family Size

3.16

Average Household Size

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Lancaster Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,3847.51%
9th to 12th Grade9,7599.92%
High School Graduate28,89529.37%
Some College25,20825.62%
Associates Degree9,7899.95%
Bachelors Degree11,08711.27%
Graduate Degree6,2626.36%
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Lancaster Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Lancaster Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic35,40924,1562,905
White34,63532,1518,518
Black19,89917,5552,832
Other Race7,1664,531669
Asian5,6905,0622,530
2+ Races3,7473,046599
Native American701594100
Islander1119918

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 92.83%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 44.46%.

Lancaster Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$42,271$46,462$35,962
Less Than 9th Grade$31,569$34,668$24,035
High School Graduate$36,221$42,448$30,179
Some College$42,651$47,769$36,800
Bachelors Degree$54,498$69,316$45,000
Graduate Degree$78,520$91,481$69,065

$42,271

Average Earnings

$46,462

Average Male

$35,962

Average Female

Lancaster Earnings by Educational Attainment

Lancaster Language by Age

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Lancaster Language

74.60% of Lancaster residents speak only English, while 25.40% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 20.89% of the population.

Lancaster Language

Lancaster Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic63,15913,93222.06%
Black31,52010,48633.27%
White46,3496,73214.52%
Other11,3052,18019.28%
Multiple6,0881,42323.37%
Asian7,10382411.60%
Native71524133.71%

21.71%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.03%

Male Poverty Rate

23.31%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lancaster

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lancaster is Native, with 33.71% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lancaster is Asian, with 11.60% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.70%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.11%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 34.25%.

Lancaster Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade30.26%
High School22.05%
Some College15.36%
Bachelors or Greater6.52%

Lancaster Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed36.25%
Male Unemployed32.11%
Female Employed5.96%
Male Employed4.74%

Lancaster Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Lancaster Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$55,237$70,646
Families$60,883$76,089
Married Families$79,098$92,449
Non Families$31,122$48,946
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Income by Household Type

Lancaster Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

42.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.7%

Male Marriage Rate

41.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Lancaster Married by Age and Sex

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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 35-44.

Lancaster Marital Status by Race

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Lancaster Marital Status

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7,526

Number of Veterans

6,853

Male Veterans

673

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,233
Second Gulf War2,088
First Gulf War1,497
Korea496
World War II85

Lancaster Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 542,248
65 to 741,732
55 to 641,589
75+1,019
18 to 34938

Lancaster Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White5,2487.44%
Black1,4786.45%
Hispanic1,2983.02%
2+ Races3768.83%
Asian2423.90%
Other Race1551.86%
Native American273.17%

Lancaster Veterans by Race

Lancaster Veterans by Education

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14.11%

Veteran Poverty Rate

21.21%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lancaster Veterans by Education

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51.8%

Labor Force Participation

48.3%

Employment Rate

6.5%

Unemployment Rate

Lancaster Employment by Age

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Lancaster Employment by Race

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Lancaster Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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76.12%

Born in Lancaster

89.38%

Native Born

10.62%

Foreign Born

4.19%

Non Citizen

6.43%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

89.38% of Lancaster residents were born in the United States, with 76.12% having been born in California. 4.19% 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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021155,559-1,021-0.65%
2020156,580-1,021-0.65%
2019157,601-1,021-0.64%
2018158,622-812-0.51%
2017159,434-199-0.12%
2016159,633-180-0.11%
2015159,8131790.11%
2014159,6345790.36%
2013159,0558020.51%
2012158,2531750.11%
2011158,0781,2540.80%
2010156,82438,1062.82%
2000118,71821,4272.01%
199097,29149,2647.31%
198048,02715,2993.91%
197032,7286,7162.32%
196026,01222,41821.89%
19503,5941,4945.52%
19402,1001,8004.99%
19003000.00%

Lancaster Population by Year