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 a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Lawrence has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Lawrence enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Lawrence.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Lawrence. 52.93% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 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.