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Lancaster, California

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Welcome to Lancaster ...

The city of Lancaster is located in Los Angeles County<1>.

The pronunciation of Lancaster: LAN-CAS-tur<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Lancaster has a population of 156,640 people<3> (see below for details).

While we don't have a date for the establishment of Lancaster, you might get a feel for its founding by knowing that they incorporated November 22, 1977.

Lancaster is 2,330 feet [710 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the elevation of Lancaster is about ½ mile above sea level.

Time Zone: Lancaster lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Lancaster: (661)

The ZIP codes for Lancaster: 93534-93536, 93539, 93584, 93586<5>

Websites for Lancaster ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Lancaster had an population of 156,640 people (or an increase of 31.94% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Lancaster had a population of 156,633 people. This makes Lancaster the county's 5th most populous community.

The population of Lancaster represents 0.42% of the total population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 30th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 156,633 people, the population of Lancaster increased 31.94% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 118,718 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Lancaster.

Communities Also Named Lancaster ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 38 communities that are also named Lancaster - they are located in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida (2), Georgia (2), Illinois (3), Indiana (3), Iowa, Kansas (2), Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri (2), New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New York, Newfoundland and Labrador, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon (2), Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Lancaster.

Communities near Lancaster ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Lancaster.

  • Palmdale [Los Angeles County]
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    • Palmdale [Los Angeles County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the south of Lancaster
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 150,498 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Palmdale
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Palmdale<7>
  • Quartz Hill [Los Angeles County]
  • Desert View Highlands [Los Angeles County]
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    • Desert View Highlands [Los Angeles County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the south of Lancaster
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  • Del Sur [Los Angeles County]
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    • Del Sur [Los Angeles County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the west of Lancaster
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  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Antelope Acres [Los Angeles County]
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      • Antelope Acres [Los Angeles County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the northwest of Lancaster
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    • Harold [Los Angeles County]
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      • Harold [Los Angeles County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the south of Lancaster
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harold have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Leona Valley [Los Angeles County]
    • Rosamond [Kern County]
    • Vincent [Los Angeles County]
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      • Vincent [Los Angeles County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the south of Lancaster
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vincent
    • Littlerock [Los Angeles County]

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Lancaster. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Lancaster.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Lancaster. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Lancaster.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Lancaster. See our Newspapers Page for Lancaster.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Lancaster ...

Looking for more information about Lancaster? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Lancaster, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Lancaster.

Adding Lancaster to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Lancaster in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Lancaster was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Lancaster

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Lancaster on our Genealogy Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Los Angeles, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Lancaster. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Lancaster.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Lancaster - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Lancaster). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Lancaster or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Lancaster includes: 93534, 93535, 93539, 93584 & 93586.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Lancaster) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Lancaster. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from LancasterOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lancaster. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6896, Longitude: -118.1482    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






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