Lancaster, California

Los Angeles County


Lancaster is a city in northern Los Angeles County in the U.S. state of California, United States, with 145 243 inhabitants ( 2008).


The metropolitan area has a size of 243.9 km ². The city region Palmdale / Lancaster had an estimated population of 476 845 in 2009.


The settlement was founded in the late 19th century as a stopping point on the railway route Los Angeles - San Francisco. Since the 70s of the 20th century Lancaster, which received city rights in 1977 has, by newcomers, many of whom work in the aircraft industry, experienced rapid growth. Thus, the population increased from about 37,000 in the year of becoming a city in 1977 to 45,000 in 1980 and 97,000 in 1990., Lancaster is the eighth largest city in the county and the ninth fastest growing city in the United States. Of all the cities named Lancaster, this is the largest in the world. Due to relatively low property prices Lancaster was also a long time very popular with young families and for newcomers who go daily to Los Angeles to work. However, the real estate crisis has recently led to a considerable increase in the number of foreclosures.


Places of interest in Lancaster include the 1990 inaugurated Aerospace Walk of Honor on Lancaster Boulevard. Its determination is to remind you of test pilots who have made ​​a significant contribution to research and development in the aerospace industry.


Among the most important employers in Lancaster include in addition to the air and space industry for a long time, the U.S. Air Force. Since 1930, this near Lancaster test flights at the airfield then Muroc Air Field mentioned by, which is commonly known as Edwards Air Force Base today. Many residents of Lancaster work in neighboring Palmdale, where major operations of Boeing, Lockheed and Northrop Grumman companies are.

Another important local industry, the logistics industry, which is represented among others by a logistics center for the drugstore chain Rite Aid.