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#7 Coolest Town in America

The Matador Network, 2018


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.

Area 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.

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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