Lawrence, KS
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Lawrence is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 95,358 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 88.19% 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 (13.63%), office and administrative support (12.91%), and sales jobs (11.79%).

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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Lawrence is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Lawrence, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Lawrence is a pretty powerful place. 53.55% 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 $27,309, which is wealthy relative to Kansas, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $109,236 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, French , and Italian.

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