Innovative, Industrious, Entrepreneurial
Twice named LA County’s Most Business-Friendly City, Lancaster, the region’s largest municipality, offers growing firms the opportunity to fast-track creation or expansion of their Southern California presence at surprisingly affordable costs. Home to many well-established Fortune 500 names as well as a growing list of Global 500 firms, Lancaster is known for its entrepreneurial spirit and innovation, particularly in the realm of renewable energy solutions. BYD, the Chinese-based, electric vehicle and battery maker has established their first North American assembly plants here, where they build clean, all-electric transit buses along with the power cells which drive them. eSolar, an IdeaLab offshoot backed by both General Electric and Google, has developed its innovative Sierra Tower concentrating solar thermal power generation facility in Lancaster and now sells clean power to SoCal Edison. Nearby, MidAmerican Solar, a Berkshire-Hathaway company, is creating a 3,200 acre solar farm which will produce enough electricity to power a quarter of a million homes.
“As the first-ever three-time winner of the Most Business-Friendly City award, Lancaster knows how to make things happen. We take great pride in serving as an ally and advocate for positive growth in our community. From top management to front-line employees, from a simple business license to a large-scale development project, Lancaster works to remove obstacles and ensure that business thrives here.”
-Mayor R. Rex Parris
Most Business-Friendly City: Lancaster was named the “Most Business-Friendly City” in Los Angeles County by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. With previous wins in 2007 and 2013, Lancaster is the first-ever three-time winner of the award.
Toys “R” Us: The long-standing Toys “R” Us building was demolished in late 2019, with plans for redevelopment in 2020. The City will welcome new development at the busy intersection, adjacent to the soon-to-beredesigned freeway interchange at Avenue K.
Green Power Awards: Due to Lancaster’s ongoing innovation and impact on alternative energy, Lancaster was recognized as Green Power Community of the Year and Mayor R. Rex Parris was named Green Power Leader of the Year by the EPA.
BLVD Marriott: Following a redesign, the BLVD Marriott Residence Inn is under construction and slated for completion in
- The four-story, 107-room hotel will feature meeting space and is the first hotel in the region located in a downtown setting.
Measure R Projects: With $65 million in secured funds, construction is moving forward on the improvements at five key freeway interchanges and surrounding local streets. Avenues J, K, M, L and G will be reconstructed; Avenue J will be first.
Google: Through a partnership with Google, Lancaster became one of the first cities nationwide to pilot the cutting-edge Environmental Insights Explorer. The program leverages unique Google data to provide insights that aid local leaders in their work to save our planet.
Hydrogen Pilot Project: Clean energy company Heliogen has partnered with the City to perform research, develop, and
demonstrate technology used to produce green hydrogen at a site in the Lancaster Business Park. Early investors in this cutting-edge firm include Bill Gates.
Smart City Initiatives: Infrastructure upgrades have been made throughout the City to increase cell connectivity for residents and businesses, including free WiFi downtown. Smart nodes will be placed on every streetlight citywide to help provide a safer, more connected community.
New BLVD Restaurants: The BLVD welcomed a number of new restaurants. These include La Papillon, offering upscale California cuisine with a French twist; Cold Crush, combining Cajun fare with a vibrant nightlife scene; and Sassy Bird, featuring Nashville hot chicken.
Ready, Set, Charge!: Lancaster Choice Energy launched its first-ever electric vehicle incentive program, designed to accelerate the adoption of EVs while reducing emissions. Participating dealers include Toyota of Lancaster, AV Chevrolet, Hunter Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM, AV Subaru, Honda Lancaster and AV Harley Davidson.
Oasis @ 10K: This 20,000-square-foot commercial center, located at one of Lancaster’s key intersections, opened in 2018. WaBa Grill and a number of other tenants will soon join The Habit, Blaze Pizza, and others at the popular center.
Park Facility Upgrades: Lancaster continues to invest in our public improvement program, which includes park improvements and City beautification. Jane Reynolds Park recently received a facelift, with renovations to Webber Pool and the construction of the City’s first skate park.
Demographics & Statistics
|Population By Origin Not Hispanic or Latino||55.14%|
|Population By Origin Hispanic||44.86%|
|Average Household Income*||$76,719|
|Median Housing 93534||$55,832|
|Median Housing 93535||$63,967|
|Median Housing 93536||$102,511|
Source: Claritas via Environics Analytics
*Combined zip codes 93534, 93535, 93536
|Mayor||R. Rex Parris|
|Vice Mayor||Marvin Crist|
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“We are building a city for the future. By anticipating the integration of emerging technologies and employing cutting-edge innovation across all city services, we are creating a community that will become more resilient and better poised for more strategic growth than ever before.”