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Welcome to Lancaster ...

Lancaster is located in Worcester County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Lancaster has a population of 7,860 people<2> (see below for details).

Lancaster was settled in 1643 and was incorporated in 1653.

Lancaster is 300 feet [91 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Lancaster lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Lancaster: (978) and (351)<4>

The ZIP code for Lancaster: 01523<5>

Websites for Lancaster ...

Official Website: www.ci.lancaster.ma.us/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Lancaster had an population of 7,860 people. This is a decrease of 2.42% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 6.5% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Lancaster had a population of 8,055 people. This makes Lancaster the county's 31st most populous community.

The population of Lancaster represents 0.12% of the total population of Massachusetts (which has 6,547,629 people), making it the state's 199th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 8,055 people, the population of Lancaster increased 9.15% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 7,380 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, California, Florida (2), Georgia (2), Illinois (3), Indiana (3), Iowa, Kansas (2), Kentucky, Maryland, 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.

  • Worcester [Worcester County]
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    • Worcester [Worcester County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the southwest of Lancaster
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 184,570 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Worcester
  • Framingham [Middlesex County]
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    • Framingham [Middlesex County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the southeast of Lancaster
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 73,892 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Framingham
  • Leominster [Worcester County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leominster
    • Leominster [Worcester County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the northwest of Lancaster
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 41,548 people
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  • Fitchburg [Worcester County]
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    • Fitchburg [Worcester County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the northwest of Lancaster
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 40,310 people
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  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Marlborough [Middlesex County]
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      • Marlborough [Middlesex County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the southeast of Lancaster
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 39,290 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marlborough
    • Shrewsbury [Worcester County]
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      • Shrewsbury [Worcester County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the south of Lancaster
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 38,910 people
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    • Chelmsford [Middlesex County]
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      • Chelmsford [Middlesex County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the northeast of Lancaster
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 35,528 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chelmsford have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chelmsford
    • Westford [Middlesex County]
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      • Westford [Middlesex County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the northeast of Lancaster
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 25,276 people
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    • Acton [Middlesex County]
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      • Acton [Middlesex County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the east of Lancaster
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 23,503 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Acton have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acton
    • Gardner [Worcester County]
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      • Gardner [Worcester County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the northwest of Lancaster
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 20,585 people
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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.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Lancaster, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with 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 on a map titled George#&160;F. Cram Map (1901).

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Massachusetts

About Worcester County

About Massachusetts

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Lancaster: www.ci.lancaster.ma.us/

The official website for State of Massachusetts: https://www.mass.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Massachusetts' counties, including Worcester, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Lancaster.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Lancaster - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (351) is an overlay for area code (978).
<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 community (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).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' 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, 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: 42.4562, Longitude: -71.6737    
<7>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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