Lompoc benefits from its strategic location between Southern California and the Bay Area’s manufacturing, supplier, and consumer markets. Specifically, it is 155 miles north of Los Angeles and 270 miles south of San Francisco.
A high quality of life in a safe and peaceful community with a small town atmosphere is an added bonus for locating in Lompoc. Lompoc-Santa Barbara-Santa Maria was even ranked within the top four most desirable communities in the 2004 issue of Cities Ranked and Rated. There is moderate rainfall, daily fog and no snow.
While Santa Barbara County is famous for its missions, rare bird watching, surfing/windsurfing, undeveloped beaches and mountains, chaparral forests, biological diversity, premium wineries, Lompoc offers it all with affordability. New homes under construction are about half the price of homes in Santa Barbara. Utility rates are frequently over a third lower, as well.
The dominant economic activity in the Lompoc Valley is Vandenberg Air Force Base. Strategic government and commercial space programs define the principal activity of the base and the reason that Vandenberg will remain a permanent U.S. military installation in future years. Military and civilian workers and retired military populations dominate the base and the surrounding environs. Vandenberg AFB has largely influenced the economy, but over time, the economy is becoming more diverse. While the largest employers in the Valley economy still remain the principal defense contractors on the base, the business sector has evolved to include manufacturing operations, more retail and recreation services, and technology companies that have the potential to grow and create new jobs in the area over time.
Those that love to hit the links will love life in Lompoc. Nearby La Purisima Golf Course is the site of the PGA Tour Qualifiers and the USGA Qualifiers. It is also rated in the top 60 best public courses by Golf Magazine and rated 4-stars by Golf Digest’s “Places to Play.” The Village Country Golf Club is a private golf club and is another highly rated golf facility in the area. Marshallia Ranch Golf Course, located on Vandenberg AFB, is a top tier military course which is also open to the public.
The city often comes together to celebrate and there are two different yearly events that are particularly well attended. The Annual Flower Festival has been going strong for over 50 years, and each June is highlighted by a top ranked parade on Saturday. The weeklong festival also features a carnival, arts and crafts, food booths and of course the Flower Show.
The Santa Barbara County Vintners' Festival weekend brings crowds to Lompoc’s River Park from far around each April. Special winemaker dinners, the Spring Arts Festival, Bodger Seed Greenhouse tours, winemaker golf tournament, mural tours and La Purisima Mission tour are just a few of the attractions of the weekend. Other annual events include dog shows, art shows, car shows, Easter egg hunt, music festivals, American Mountain Men rendezvous and Indian Village Days.
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