Lancaster has the 2542nd largest population in the United States. The population shrank by 1.0% from 2010 to 2015, which was slower than the national average. Lancaster is part of the Buffalo metro area. Unemployment in the Buffalo area is 4%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Buffalo has the 53rd largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Lancaster is below average at $45,060, and the median cost of a home in Lancaster is $118,100, which is below the national average. 24% of workers in Lancaster hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 94% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Lancaster. 81% of Lancaster workers drive to work alone, 3% take public transit, 8% carpool, and 6% walk. People in Lancaster spend an average of 20 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.