Lawrence, KS
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Lawrence is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 96,892 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Lawrence is the sixth largest community in Kansas.

Lawrence real estate is some of the most expensive in Kansas, although Lawrence house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Lawrence is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.68% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Lawrence is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lawrence who work in office and administrative support (13.66%), teaching (13.33%), and sales jobs (10.70%).

Also of interest is that Lawrence has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Lawrence really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Lawrence is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Lawrence more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Lawrence’s character and quality of life.

Not only is Lawrence a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Lawrence is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Lawrence a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

If knowledge is power, Lawrence is a pretty powerful place. 53.41% of the adults in Lawrence have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Lawrence in 2010 was $28,313, which is wealthy relative to Kansas, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $113,252 for a family of four. However, Lawrence contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Lawrence is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lawrence home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lawrence residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Lawrence include German, Irish, English, French, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Lawrence is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.