Lawrence, MA
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Lawrence is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 80,231 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Lawrence is the 12th largest community in Massachusetts. Lawrence has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Lawrence is a blue-collar town, with 35.17% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Lawrence is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lawrence who work in office and administrative support (14.12%), sales jobs (8.02%), and personal care services (7.33%).

A lot of people in Lawrence take taxis for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Lawrence, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

The percentage of people in Lawrence with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 11.93% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Lawrence in 2010 was $17,295, which is low income relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $69,180 for a family of four. However, Lawrence contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Lawrence is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lawrence home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Lawrence, accounting for 75.73% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Lawrence residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Lawrence include Italian, French , English, and French Canadian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Lawrence's cultural character, accounting for 38.35% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Lawrence is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Mon-Khmer (Cambodian).