Industries that provide employment in Lancaster include educational, health and social services, manufacturing and retail trade. Students in grades K-12 attend quality schools of the Lancaster Elementary, Westside Union Elementary, Eastside Union Elementary, Wilsona Elementary and Antelope Valley Union High school districts. Those who wish to attain a degree in higher education have local accessibility to the Antelope Valley College, which also serves as a satellite campus for California State University, Bakersfield.
There are five industrial parks in Lancaster and the economy is thriving. In the past 10 years, the unemployment rate in Lancaster has dropped from 17% to currently only 6%. In 2013, BYD Auto opened a n electric bus manufacturing plant in Lancaster, which also manufactures large-scale batteries. There are four major shopping centers in Lancaster ? Valley Central Way, West Lancaster Plaza Shopping Center, The BLVD, and the Lancaster Commerce Center.
Lancaster's several community parks, including Apollo Park, which features a large fishing pond and several playgrounds and community programs provide recreation for residents. Lancaster area attractions include the nearby LACR (Los Angeles County Raceway), located 15 minutes away in Palmdale and the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, which is located in Lancaster. Real estate options consist of single-family detached homes, estate properties, condominiums, townhouses and land lots. Residents of Lancaster enjoy clean air, a low crime rate, quality schools and a strong sense of community.