Lancaster is a relatively large city located in the state of California. With a population of 159,053 people and 38 constituent neighborhoods, Lancaster is the 30th largest community in California.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Lancaster is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lancaster is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lancaster who work in office and administrative support (10.81%), sales jobs (10.17%), and management occupations (7.77%).
The percentage of adults in Lancaster with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.21% of adults in Lancaster have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Lancaster in 2010 was $21,131, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $84,524 for a family of four. However, Lancaster contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Lancaster is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lancaster home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Lancaster, accounting for 39.71% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Lancaster residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Lancaster include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Lancaster is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.