Lawrence, Kansas

  • Overview
  • Almanac
  • People
  • Local
  • Schools
  • Places Similar To Lawrence

Lawrence, Kansas

Introduction to Lawrence, Kansas

The city of Lawrence is located in Douglas County, Kansas, 40 miles west of Kansas City and 25 miles east of Topeka. The city is home to the University of Kansas and also to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premier Native American educational institution in the country.

The origins of Lawrence have a distinctly political component. When the Kansas Territory was opened to settlement in 1854, settlers were allowed to decide whether to admit their territory as a slave or free state. Shortly after the territory was opened, a colonization movement was started by New Englanders opposed to slavery, who quickly immigrated to the new territory, set up roots in the new town, and named it in honor of Boston's Amos A. Lawrence, a principal financier of the expedition. Efforts such as this prevented Kansas from becoming pro-slavery, a choice which in later years would lead to some bloody encounters in Lawrence involving factions from the neighboring slave state of Missouri. During the Civil War, Confederate guerrillas led by William Quantrill burned most of the houses and commercial buildings in Lawrence and killed close to 200 men they found in the city. The notorious incident came to be known as "Quantrill's Raid". A much more positive development occurred a few years later in Lawrence when the University of Kansas was founded in 1865 under a charter granted by the Kansas Legislature. Since that time, the University has had a major influence on the city of Lawrence, an influence which is still felt today. Lawrence is truly a college town.

Places of Interest in Lawrence

As a college town with a rich history, Lawrence offers a wide array of attractions in the cultural, artistic, historical, and recreational categories. Downtown Lawrence always has a lively atmosphere and is filled with restaurants, galleries, shops, and music venues. The University of Kansas campus is home to several museums, including the Spencer Museum of Art and the Kansas University Natural History Museum. The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics contains artifacts and memorabilia from the life of the former Kansas Senator. The Lawrence Arts Center features a gallery containing artwork of the townspeople, activities, and organized plays. For outdoor recreation, a variety of mountain biking venues exist in the Lawrence area, including trails near the Kansas River and at Clinton Lake (located approximately three miles southwest of the city). Clinton Lake also has areas for boating, swimming, fishing, and camping. These are just a few of the local attractions but there are many more, including the following:

  • Lied Center of Kansas: The premier performing arts venue in Lawrence, featuring internationally acclaimed performers and productions.
  • Lawrence Arts Center: The hub of arts and information in Lawrence.
  • Lawrence Community Theatre: Six major productions are staged each season, ranging from musicals to the latest works by area playwrights.
  • Art in the Park: Features the work of nearly 100 area artists.
  • Lawrence ArtsFest: Held in October, this event celebrates the uniqueness of the Lawrence arts scene.
  • Maple Leaf Festival: A late October weekend event featuring crafts, food, and family fun.
  • Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
  • The University of Kansas School of Fine Arts Art and Design Gallery
  • The University Theatre
  • Kansas University Jazz Ensembles
  • Lawrence Indian Art Show/ Haskell Indian Art Market

The local sports scene is dominated by the University of Kansas Jayhawks, who consistently field top-rated men's basketball and football teams. The Jayhawks participate in the NCAA's Division I and belong to the Big 12 Conference. Jayhawk teams have won a total of nine NCAA Division I championships, including two in men's basketball, one in men's cross country, three in men's indoor track and field, and three in men's outdoor track and field. Major league professional sports are just 45 minutes away from Lawrence, in Kansas City, Missouri. Teams located there include the Kansas City Chiefs (National Football League), the Kansas City Royals (Major League Baseball), and the Kansas City Wizards (Major League Soccer).

Lawrence is a noted sports town for other reasons too. No other city in the United States can boast a more prominent role in basketball history. Although the game was invented in Springfield, Massachusetts, Lawrence is where basketball developed and grew. Dr. James Naismith, who invented the game of basketball in 1891, brought the sport to the University of Kansas seven years later when he became the school's first basketball coach. When Naismith retired in 1908, Forrest C. "Phog" Allen picked up where he left off, coaching for 39 seasons at the University, and becoming the school's winningest coach of all time and one of the nation's most successful coaches in the history of college basketball. With 13 Hall of Famers, 12 Olympians, 11 Final Four visits and two NCAA National Championship teams, it comes as no surprise that in 1996, USA Today cited the university's basketball program as the best of all time.

Contact Accredited Schools With Online Options

Matching School Ads
Matching School Ads

High Points

Lawrence strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Kansas):

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Lawrence College Educated Adults
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Lawrence Public Transportation Use
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Lawrence Walking and Biking to Work
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 10% Lawrence Well-Paid Single Women
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 13% Lawrence Racial Diversity
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 14% Lawrence Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Lawrence, Kansas

Comparing Lawrence to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Kansas (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 5 10
Well-Paid Single Men 5 8
Racial Diversity 3 9
Female Share of the Population 2 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3
Senior Citizens 2 1
Age of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 2 4
Portion of People Married 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 10
Median Family Income 5 9
People in Middle Class or Better 3 4
People Above Poverty 2 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Short Commute Times 8 5
Working at Home 8 6
Public Transportation Use 4 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 10
Housing Recently Built 8 10
People Living Alone 8 5
Affordability of Rents 8 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 2

Detailed pages on related topics: Colleges in Lawrence, Graduate Schools in Lawrence
  • Overview
  • Almanac
  • People
  • Local
  • Schools
  • Places Similar To Lawrence

Lawrence Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 36 miles W of Kansas City, Missouri
County Douglas
Metro Area Lawrence
Standard Zip Codes 66044, 66046, 66047, 66049
Company Zip Codes 66045
Phone Area Codes 785
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.971
Longitude -95.235

Lawrence Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1.7 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 39 F
Apr Temp 46 to 68 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 48 to 70 F
Annual Precip 39.7 inches
Distance 14 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 37 F
Apr Temp 43 to 65 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 69 F
Annual Precip 37.3 inches
Distance 19.3 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 44 to 66 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 46 to 68 F
Annual Precip 38.2 inches
Detailed pages on related topics: Colleges in Lawrence, Graduate Schools in Lawrence
  • Overview
  • Almanac
  • People
  • Local
  • Schools
  • Places Similar To Lawrence

Lawrence Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 80,098 100%
Male 39,803 49.7%
Female 40,295 50.3%
Under 18 14,871 18.6%
18+ 65,227 81.4%
65+ 5,755 7.2%
Median Age 25.3
Average Family Size 2.93
White 67,122 83.8%
African-American 4,078 5.1%
Asian 3,030 3.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 2,344 2.9%
Other 1,086 1.4%
Mixed Race 2,382 3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2,921 3.6%

Estimated Lawrence Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 81,816
Growth 1,718
Growth % 2.1%

Lawrence Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 23.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.8%
English 10.6%
Irish 10.1%
US/American 7.1%
Italian 2.8%
European 2.3%
French (except Basque) 2.3%
Scottish 2.2%
Swedish 2.1%
Scotch-Irish 2%
Polish 1.6%
Norwegian 1.5%
Dutch 1.4%
Welsh 0.8%
Czech 0.6%
Danish 0.6%
British 0.6%
Russian 0.6%
Iranian 0.5%
Greek 0.5%
French Canadian 0.4%
Swiss 0.4%
Austrian 0.3%
African 0.3%
Other Arab 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Nigerian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Detailed pages on related topics: Colleges in Lawrence, Graduate Schools in Lawrence
  • Overview
  • Almanac
  • People
  • Local
  • Schools
  • Places Similar To Lawrence

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Lawrence, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Laurence (66044, 66046, 66047, 66049)
Lwrnce (66047, 66049)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Lawrence 80,098 $51,545
Baldwin City 3,400 $51,667
Eudora 4,307 $50,909
Lecompton 608 $46,111
Linwood 374 $39,125
Perry 901 $46,641
Tonganoxie 2,728 $49,960

Lawrence Public Libraries

Lawrence Public Library
Lawrence, Kansas
(785) 843-3833
Library Web Site

library logo

More Information for Librarians

Lawrence Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(913) 749-6100
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Lawrence

(As of 2005)
7th & Massachusetts
647 Massachusetts Ave
Dillon Food Store
3000 W 6th St
Dillon Food Store
1015 W 23rd
Super Target Lawrence ST-0531
3201 Iowa

Wal-mart in Lawrence

(As of 2006)
3300 Iowa Street
(785) 832-8600
Detailed pages on related topics: Colleges in Lawrence, Graduate Schools in Lawrence
  • Overview
  • Almanac
  • People
  • Local
  • Schools
  • Places Similar To Lawrence

Featured Colleges in the Lawrence Area (QuickSchools™)

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

Matching School Ads

Penn Foster College

Penn Foster College offers a complete learning experience for busy adults looking to advance their education around their schedule. With Penn Foster College, you can earn your degree or undergraduate certificate online and at a pace that’s right for you.

  • Programs: Veterinary Technician (Associate)
  • Degrees: Associate

Simmons’ online Master of Public Health program, MPH@Simmons, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global scale. The MPH@Simmons program explores the core areas of public health: epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and health services, environmental health, and social/behavioral health. Additionally, the practice-based curriculum incorporates courses specifically designed to help you develop leadership and advocacy skills.

  • Programs: Master of Public Health
  • Degrees: Master

Change the World with American University

Be a part of something bigger than yourself.

  • Programs: Master of Science in Measurement & Evaluation, Master of Public Administration and Policy, Master of Science in Sports Analytics Management, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy.

  • Programs: Creative Writing, Master of Fine Arts (Online), Entertainment Business, Master of Science (Online), Audio Production Bachelors (Online), more...
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor

Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.

  • Programs: MSHUS- Organizational and Social Services, MS in Psychology - Addictions, AAS in Business Administration - Small Business Management, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Associate, Bachelor
Matching School Ads

Lawrence High Schools (2004)

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Serves 1,293 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

Serves 1,219 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

Lawrence Colleges

Click school name for a detailed profile.

Haskell Indian Nations University

University of Kansas

(List of Kansas Colleges)

Detailed pages on related topics: Colleges in Lawrence, Graduate Schools in Lawrence
  • Overview
  • Almanac
  • People
  • Local
  • Schools
  • Places Similar To Lawrence

Advanced Controls

Click this [+/-] link to see or edit the similarity criteria used.

Limit Results to One State?

City, State Similarity   1 Person Houses 65+ College Grads Commute Minutes Family Income Kids 0-4 Non White Pop. Poverty Prop. Crime Seasonal Housing Viol. Crime
      loose loose loose loose loose loose loose loose loose loose loose loose
1. Denton, Texas 88.8   31.3% 7.9% 35.5% 24 $51,419 6.2% 24.4% 80,537 16.2% 46.7 0.2% 5
2. Newark, Delaware 87.7   27.5% 9.1% 51.3% 22 $75,188 3% 12.7% 28,547 20.1% 44 0.2% 5.3
3. St. Cloud, Minnesota 87.5   30.3% 10.3% 29.6% 18 $50,460 5.5% 8.3% 59,107 13.1% 46.8 0.3% 4.3
4. Carrboro, North Carolina 86.9   37.1% 5.1% 60.9% 22 $47,330 5.4% 27.3% 16,782 19% 68.5 0.4% 5.9
5. Raleigh, North Carolina 85.2   33.1% 8.3% 44.9% 23 $60,003 6.3% 36.7% 276,093 11.5% 43.9 0.4% 6.8
Detailed pages on related topics: Colleges in Lawrence, Graduate Schools in Lawrence
You are visiting:

Find a school near you

Additional Details

Lawrence Careers
Lawrence career and employment information.
Lawrence Colleges
Lawrence colleges and trade schools.
Lawrence Graduate Schools
Lawrence Graduate and Business Schools

Study Online in Lawrence

Matching School Ads
Matching School Ads

Career and College Resources on CityTownInfo

Real-World Career Reports

Career Stories from workers: daily activities, job tips, best/worst job aspects, training, etc.
Daily Career & Education News from our staff. We're an approved Google News provider!

Career References and Original Articles

Resource Center. A starting point for all CityTownInfo career and college resources.
Career Overviews of hundreds of careers: descriptions, salaries, forecasts, schools, more.
Best Careers Not Requiring Degrees: Good pay, job growth, low need for degrees.
Helpful Articles, many in "how-to" format; e.g., "How to Become a Chef".
Infographics covering employment and educational trends.

College Directories and Lists

These lists link to thousands of detailed school profiles.

Colleges by State. Nearly every college and trade school in the country.
Colleges Listed Alphabetically. About 7,000 colleges & trade schools, including online schools.
Colleges by Major City. Browse cities with multiple college options.
Online Colleges. Colleges with online degree programs.
Graduate Schools by State. Colleges offering graduate degree programs.
Graduate Schools by Major City. Find cities with multiple graduate school options.

Additional Resources

Large City Map

Info for Lawrence Government Officials

Are you an official in the Lawrence government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.