Lancaster, California Population 2020

158,627
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Lancaster is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 158,627, it is the 33rd largest city in California and the 163rd largest city in the United States. Lancaster is currently declining at a rate of -0.13% annually but its population has increased by 1.27% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 156,633 in 2010. Lancaster reached it's highest population of 159,973 in 2015. Spanning over 95 miles, Lancaster has a population density of 1,682 people per square mile.

The average household income in Lancaster is $67,641 with a poverty rate of 23.80%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,162 per month, and the median house value is $242,100. The median age in Lancaster is 32.4 years, 31 years for males, and 34 years for females. For every 100 females there are 101.2 males.

Lancaster Demographics

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

  • White: 61.11%
  • Black or African American: 21.77%
  • Other race: 7.24%
  • Two or more races: 4.65%
  • Asian: 4.40%
  • Native American: 0.67%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.15%
The current population of Lancaster, California is 158,627, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 159,053.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 156,633.

Lancaster, California Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White97,56461.11%
Black or African American34,76421.77%
Some Other Race11,5667.24%
Two or More Races7,4234.65%
Asian7,0244.40%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,0770.67%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2440.15%
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Lancaster Population Pyramid 2020

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Lancaster Median Age

32.4


Total

31


Male

34


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 113,806 adults, (15,616 of whom are seniors) in Lancaster.

Lancaster Age Dependency

62.6

Age Dependency Ratio

15.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

46.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Lancaster Sex Ratio

Female

79,363

49.71%

Male

80,299

50.29%

Lancaster Households and Families

Lancaster Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Lancaster Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married67.8%32.2%
All53.4%46.6%
Male51%49%
Non Family42%58%
Female34%66%

53.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All47,6503.253.4
Married22,7803.8567.8
Non Family12,4341.2642
Female9,075434
Male3,3613.9151

3.73

Average Family Size

3.2

Average Household Size

5.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Lancaster Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,8287.96%
9th to 12th Grade9,84010.01%
High School Graduate29,31529.81%
Some College25,80426.24%
Associates Degree9,6069.77%
Bachelors Degree10,06210.23%
Graduate Degree5,8765.98%
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Lancaster Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White35,47532,5808,171
Hispanic33,94822,5542,480
Black20,61618,3562,442
Other Race7,0374,388561
Asian5,2224,5722,222
Multiple Races3,8653,049608
Native American814697105
Islander14613513

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 92.47%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 42.55%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$39,850$45,267$34,285
Less Than High School$27,581$32,062$23,160
High School Grad$34,938$41,739$30,198
Some College$41,091$46,715$35,614
Bachelors Degree$54,852$68,254$43,205
Graduate Degree$77,358$90,508$70,343

$39,850

Average Earnings

$45,267

Average Male

$34,285

Average Female

Lancaster Language

Lancaster Language by Age

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Lancaster Language

75.88% of Lancaster residents speak only English, while 24.12% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 20.01% of the population.

Lancaster Poverty

Lancaster Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic60,59713,87522.90%
Black33,08612,89338.97%
White48,0638,00816.66%
Other10,8272,38322.01%
Multiple6,1451,29121.01%
Asian6,68068810.30%
Native82831237.68%
Islander206125.83%

23.80%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.11%

Male Poverty Rate

25.40%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lancaster

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lancaster is Black, with 38.97% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lancaster is Islander, with 5.83% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.23%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.74%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 36.50%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School30.09%
High School26.11%
Some College16.34%
Bachelors or Greater7.03%
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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed37.19%
Male Unemployed32.79%
Male Employed6.24%
Female Employed5.57%

Lancaster Income

Lancaster Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$52,504$67,641
Families$57,142$72,731
Married Families$73,692$89,013
Non Families$31,127$47,347
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Lancaster Marital Status

Lancaster Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

42.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.5%

Male Marriage Rate

41.2%

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 Veterans

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7,785

Number of Veterans

7,074

Male Veterans

711

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,578
Second Gulf War1,877
First Gulf War1,538
Korea493
World War II138
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Age Group Veterans
35 to 542,186
65 to 741,911
55 to 641,817
75+1,022
18 to 34849
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Name Veterans % of Total
White5,5527.89%
Black1,4716.15%
Hispanic1,1752.82%
2 or More3808.44%
Asian2113.69%
Other1331.66%
Indian384.00%

Lancaster Veterans by Education

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15.72%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.22%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lancaster Employment Status

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51%

Labor Force Participation

47%

Employment Rate

7.6%

Unemployment Rate

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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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74.95%

Born in California

89.26%

Native Born

10.74%

Foreign Born

4.36%

Non Citizen

6.38%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

89.26% of Lancaster residents were born in the United States, with 74.95% having been born in California. 4.36% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020158,627-213-0.13%
2019158,840-213-0.13%
2018159,053-565-0.35%
2017159,618-213-0.13%
2016159,831-142-0.09%
2015159,9732200.14%
2014159,7536170.39%
2013159,1368340.53%
2012158,3022150.14%
2011158,0871,2650.81%
2010156,82238,1042.82%
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%