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Old 07-14-2016, 09:47 AM
 
Location: California
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My adult son & I are thinking of moving to Lancaster CA. We have lived in LA and liked it there but the crime is terrible there now and, because I am a senior citizen, we can no longer live there because I can't walk the streets by myself. I heard that Lancaster is a nice town and people are very friendly so that's why we are looking in that area. Can anyone give us any insights into what it is like to live there? I thank you so much for your help and answers.
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Old 07-14-2016, 10:53 AM
 
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Crime in Lancaster is much worse then most parts of LA

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Old 07-14-2016, 12:16 PM
 
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Las Vegas. Same weather, much more to do, nicer, and cheaper than Lancaster. Oh and no state tax. And the Casinos have special deals on food and entertainment that is oriented towards seniors.
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Old 07-14-2016, 12:22 PM
 
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Las Vegas. Same weather, much more to do, nicer, and cheaper than Lancaster. Oh and no state tax. And the Casinos have special deals on food and entertainment that is oriented towards seniors.
This. I honestly can't imagine why anyone would want to live in Palmdale/Lancaster unless they're military or aerospace.
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Old 07-14-2016, 12:31 PM
 
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This. I honestly can't imagine why anyone would want to live in Palmdale/Lancaster unless they're military or aerospace.
Or Section 8.

I used to live in Lancaster. I went back a few years ago to see what had become of our house. It had not aged well. Looks like it became a rental at some point and maintenance stopped happening.

Our whole neighborhood of owners had morphed into an area of surly, unfriendly renters.
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Old 07-14-2016, 12:34 PM
 
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Moving to Lancaster isn't going to make things better. A good part of the crime was just displaced and moved over there.

Are you looking to buy a house or rent an apartment, and are you looking to stay in the greater LA area? Tell us what you can afford and we get can possibly recommend some better places.

If you don't mind moving out of state, moving to Vegas isn't a bad idea. Your dollar goes much further.
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Old 07-14-2016, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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I've lived in Palmdale for the past 12 years. Palmdale in 'next door' to Lancaster and are virtually the same city. Even in the short amount of time I've lived there, it has changed . . . a lot! There are good points to the area. However, for a senior citizen, it is not a very walkable city. An evening stroll is fine, but don't expect to walk to the market and carry your purchases home. 'Everyone' seem to say that crime is a problem, but I have not experienced any first hand. If you do come up here, just remember one thing . . .

west side of the freeway

p.s. I will be retiring in about six months and will be leaving the area/state. Not because I dislike the Antelope Valley, because I do like it. However, I'm tired of the high summer heat and the California cost-of-living.
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Old 07-15-2016, 07:48 AM
 
Location: California
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Thank you everyone for getting back to me. I appreciate your honesty. Though I love CA and all it has to offer, I'll probably end up leaving because the cost of living here is so expensive. Anywhere I can afford to live seems to have a lot of crime. I am originally from upstate NY so will probably end up back there. Not looking forward to the cold weather though! Thanks again!
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Old 07-24-2016, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Paradise
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Lancaster has changed some as it has grown. The person that stated that Lancaster has more crime than most of LA is misinformed. Lancaster is safer than the vast majority of LA. All that said, any crime is too much crime.


Lancaster is really no different than any other city it's size. It is all a matter of perspective. You can focus on the negative or focus on the many things that make Lancaster/Palmdale a wonderful community to live. I would not be raising my family out here if there were not many redeeming factors.


The schools out here are much better than most in LA. The crime is lower. There is still a small-town atmosphere, even though the population is continually growing. Almost every place I go to in Lancaster I run into someone I know. Most everyone in my neighborhood is friendly, and most of us wave to each other. The vast majority of people that live out here are people just like me who work hard, pay taxes, contribute to society, and want to see the area we live in become a better place.


If someone is bent on seeing the bad, then nothing I say will make any difference. I am a realist, and in reality Lancaster/Palmdale are not bad cities. I have been to bad cities in CA and these would not make the list.


The climate is the only thing that one must adjust to. We have warm to hot summers and cool to cold winters. Yet, the perk is that because we live in SoCal we are not far from somewhere with nicer weather.
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Old 07-25-2016, 01:20 PM
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Location: Eureka CA
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I had a tenant who hailed from Lancaster. He was not interested in going back.
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