Best Places to Live

Lancaster, CA

Population: 159,774
LIV
SCORE
500
Photo Courtesy of Destination Lancaster

While Lancaster won a spot on this year’s Top 100 Places to Live with its strong economy, diverse community and commitment to health, it is the city’s dedication to protecting the environment that makes it truly special. Leading the way in solar power, locals can feel good about the way they live and work each day.

For those looking to move where the weather is always pleasant, living is affordable and the community values protecting mother earth, Lancaster is a natural place to call home.

Local Obsession: Solar power. Lancaster makes more solar power per capita than any other city in California.

Climate Described in 6 Words Or Less: Jackets are optional. Sunglasses aren’t.

Top Industries and Employers: Lancaster’s top industries are retail and trade, education and healthcare. The top employers are Edwards Air Force Base, Naval Weapons Air Station and Northrop Grumman.

Local Dream Job: Kitty caregiver at The Cat House Feline Conservation Center

Quintessential Meal: Head to Cantarito Restaurant for the best empanadas you’ll ever have.

Favorite Weekend Activity: Wander through the Museum of Art & History, located in the BLVD Cultural District.

After-Work Meetup Spot: Coach’s Sports Bar & Grill has multiple big screen TVs to watch your favorite game — and the best buffalo wings around.

Best Brewery/Local Beer: Bravery Brewing. Head to their tasting room and relax on the back patio with your favorite brew.

Beloved Bookstore: Li’l Book Bug New & Used Books is a community shop specializing in genre fiction titles. It also carries a number of indie authors!

Free Way to Have Fun: Explore Saddleback Butte State Park, where you can experience the high-desert country and check out Joshua Tree and creosote woodland. You can picnic, hike and camp.

Hidden Gem: The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve puts on a spectacular show from February through May when the landscape’s poppies burst into bloom.

- Annette Benedetti

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“One of my favorite things is the affordability of the area, and that we are a big city with a small town mentality. And I really enjoy the big sky feeling. It’s open, very open. There’s a lot of open sky out here.”

Mark Hemstreet
CEO, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

Lancaster, CA Ranking Data

Civic
28
Demographics
63
Economy
69
Education
31
Health
60
Housing
50
Infrastructure
51