Lompoc is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 42,760 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Lompoc is the 196th largest community in California.
Housing costs in Lompoc are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Lompoc is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lompoc is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Lompoc who work in office and administrative support (11.53%), sales jobs (9.52%), and maintenance occupations (8.15%).
Also of interest is that Lompoc has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Lompoc is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Lompoc is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Lompoc area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
In Lompoc, just 12.74% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Lompoc in 2010 was $22,379, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $89,516 for a family of four. However, Lompoc contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Lompoc is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lompoc 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 Lompoc, accounting for 56.25% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Lompoc residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Lompoc include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.
In addition, Lompoc has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (21.39%).
The most common language spoken in Lompoc is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.