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 an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Lawrence is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. 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 (13.89%), sales jobs (7.83%), and personal care services (7.70%).

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.

In Lawrence, just 11.33% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Lawrence in 2010 was $17,167, which is low income relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $68,668 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 76.35% 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Lawrence include Italian, French , English, and French Canadian.

Lawrence also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 37.36%.

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