Lawrence, KS
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Lawrence is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 93,917 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 87.23% 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 teaching (13.68%), office and administrative support (12.60%), and sales jobs (11.13%).

Of important note, Lawrence is also a city of artists. Lawrence has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Lawrence’s character.

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.

Lawrence is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Lawrence is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Lawrence, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Lawrence is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 52.93% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Lawrence in 2010 was $26,500, which is wealthy relative to Kansas, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $106,000 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 Irish, English, Italian, and French .

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