Lawrence =Community

Living Here

  • Lawrence, KS – Named a “Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists.
  • Lawrence & Douglas County offers an abundance of outdoor recreation including six golf courses – two of which are public.
  • Lawrence’s cherished downtown exhibits an eclectic and easy-going style.
  • From fine dining to quirky cafés, Lawrence has options to satisfy every appetite.
  • One-of-a-kind venues like the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics contribute to the region’s cultural richness.

In the Lawrence region, you can experience small community living without sacrificing big city amenities and culture.  The area’s cost of living is 7.6% lower than the U.S. average.

More than 114,000 people reside in Douglas County. The city of Lawrence serves as the main population center, with more than 92,000 residents. That doesn’t include college students from three local universities that live in town when school is in session.

While the area may be small in population, its cultural footprint is huge. And it’s that unique balance of small community living along with a very rich and diverse culture usually found in a much larger city that makes Lawrence very different — and very livable.

Areas and Neighborhoods

Four unique communities provide comfortable and convenient places for new residents to establish roots in the Lawrence region. Baldwin City, Eudora, Lawrence, and Lecompton each have their own character, appeal and advantages. Common threads that connect all of the communities are friendly people and rich histories. But each community has its own distinct style that makes each city a unique experience.

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Culture and Lifestyle

Douglas County residents benefit from an abundance of cultural amenities usually reserved for much larger cities. Lawrence is home to a very vibrant arts community and individualistic neighborhoods that each have their own style. However, as a whole, Lawrence offers a surplus of recreational options, a beloved downtown, and a special collection of entertainment options. Residents and visitors alike can indulge in local and custom cuisine after spending a day shopping in stores found only on Massachusetts Street.



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National Recognition

  • Top Ten Best Places to Retire – US News and World Report

  • #3 Best Small City for Educated Millennials (2015) – American Institute for Economic Research

  • #4 Most Educated City (2014) –

  • 9th Coolest Town in the U.S. (2015) – The Matador Network

  • Top 15 in "The 100 Best Small Arts Towns in America" – author John Villani

  • Top 12 city in the U.S. with the largest percentage of professional artists in the work force – The National Endowment for the Arts

  • Top 25 Best Small Places for Business and Careers (2013) – Forbes Magazine

  • Top 20 Best College Towns in America (2013) – Business Insider

  • Top 25 Most Improved City Since the Recession (2014) – Nerd Wallet

Schools and Universities

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