The city of Lancaster is located within the state of California near the Mojave Desert. It is the second largest city in the region. Presently it has a population of about 145,074 residents and is considered the 8th biggest city in Los Angeles County. The city is separated from Bakersfield by the Tehachapi mountain range (to the north) and from the Los Angeles Basin by the San Gabriel Mountains (to the south.) Lancaster is situated approximately seventy miles north from Los Angeles. It is the 9th fastest growing city within the United States, having gone from 37,000 during 1977 to its present residents of 145,074.
The standard of living is quite high because of the high family income ($61,298, which is higher compared to the national average) and low housing prices (lower then $302,000, that is the state average.) More than 70% of the population of Lancaster own their very own homes.
The city of Lancaster puts a huge priority on local business and supports growth by offering low priced land and less red tape as an incentive. Growth has quickly increased over the years as distribution centers for companies consisting of Rite Aid, Sigma and Michaels have developed.
The Lancaster Redevelopment Agency is responsible for attracting various businesses to the city. It has recently attracted several dining and retail businesses to Lancaster Town Center as well as Front Row Center. The Agency has designated five places as industrial and business parks, which are Enterprise Business Park, Fox Field Industrial Corridor, North Lancaster Industrial park, North valley Industrial Center and Lancaster Business park.
One of the main goals of the city is to finish the revitalization of downtown. Presently, there are some historic buildings with a variety of contemporary amenities, like for example a performing arts center and a library. The Lancaster Old Town Site (LOTS) is responsible for the renovation of business facades in the Old Town area.
During 2010, the BVLD was completed. The BVLD, that is situated between sierra highway and 10th street west, is a revitalized stretch of Lancaster Boulevard that runs approximately one mile.