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 42,853 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, Lompoc isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Lompoc are a mix 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 (11.30%), maintenance occupations (8.80%), and sales jobs (8.59%).
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.
One of the nice things about Lompoc is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Lompoc is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Lompoc, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
In Lompoc, just 12.60% 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 2018 was $23,840, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $95,360 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 56.64% 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 European.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Lompoc's cultural character, accounting for 21.42% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Lompoc is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.