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A+ Lawrence Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Lawrence Cost of Living Cost of living is 10% higher than Kansas
991% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Lawrence cost of living
D Lawrence Crime Total crime is 1% lower than Kansas
Total crime
3,19416% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3216% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
7%Year over year crime is up
Lawrence crime
C- Lawrence Employment Household income is 11% lower than Kansas
Median household income
$47,93813% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$27,3098% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%27% lower than the US average
Lawrence employment
F Lawrence Housing Home value is 31% higher than Kansas
Median home value
$177,6004% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$85010% lower than the US average
Home ownership
46%28% lower than the US average
Lawrence real estate or Lawrence rentals
C- Lawrence Schools HS graduation rate is 7% higher than Kansas
High school grad. rates
92%11% higher than the US average
School test scores
47%4% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:19% lower than the US average
Lawrence K-12 schools or Lawrence colleges

Living in Lawrence, KS

Located in the state of Kansas, Lawrence is a mid-sized city with a population of 92,611 residents. According to the most recent Census, 82% of Lawrence residents are White, 5% Asian and 4% Black. If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all Lawrence residents is 27. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Lawrence might be a good fit as 75% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 59% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a good experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Lawrence, Kansas. With useful information like crime, weather, education, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Lawrence and in the areas around Lawrence is a much easier task.

Lawrence, KS receives 69/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #165 in Kansas and #11,629 in the USA. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Lawrence scores well for amenities (A+). Lawrence does not score well for the following: housing (F). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Lawrence has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Lawrence: Massachusetts Street, Museum of Natural History, and Liberty Hall.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Lawrence is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Lawrence come in at $177,600, which is 31.3% higher than the Kansas average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Lawrence, the home price to income ratio is 3.7, which is 48% higher than the Kansas average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Lawrence area were 5.4% and 5 year appreciation rates were 2.4%.

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Compare Lawrence, KS Livability To Other Cities

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Definitely a College Town

Lawrence is a great town for anyone who loves going out, watching sports games, shopping, or staying out late. There are plenty of bars around town who each have their own specials nights for $1 drinks, as well as restaurants to fill you up with your favorite entree or half price appetizer. I love walking down Massachusetts St with the family or on a date. It's a great place to shop or just visit with old friends.

It doesn't have as many perks for families though, it's hard to find things to do with young children without encountering anyone whose drunk or using profanities. There in lies another problem. It is hard to find a babysitter when my husband and I would like to go out on a date.

Overall it is a great town, not too big but plenty of things to do for singles or couples.
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Visit Lawrence, KS for Great Steaks, Basketball and Martinis!

In March of 2010 I visited Lawrence, Kansas for three days while on a business trip. Lawrence is the sixth largest city in Kansas and is the home of The University of Kansas. The city was abuzz with talk of a national basketball championship when I was there, and I was thrilled to be able to attend a Kansas basketball game with a client. The game was the highlight of my short trip!

In addition to the great sports atmosphere, Lawrence has a variety of fantastic steakhouses. I had a wonderful dinner at Hereford Steakhouse, which is located in downtown Lawrence. Lawrence has a plethora of hotels from which to choose. I stayed at the Eldridge Hotel, where I dined at TEN Restaurant. If you are a martini lover, you must visit TEN because it has a 42 item martini list! Before leaving Lawrence on Sunday, I was able to make a quick stop at the Lawrence Antique Mall, where I purchased some gifts for my family. As illustrated by my positive rating below, I enjoyed my trip to Lawrence and would definitely return!
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Source: The Lawrence, KS data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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