Lawrence is a great place to work and live! Walking downtown, shopping, galleries and museums, Lawrence's unique atmosphere has something to offer for everyone. Lawrence offers a wonderful quality of life and is home to two universities. This college town has a unique and lively diversity.
About Lawrence & Douglas County, Kansas
Diversity in population, industry mix, work force and culture helps explain why people choose to live and work here. Including Lawrence (about 80,000 population) and our neighbors in Lecompton, Baldwin City and Eudora, Douglas County residents total about 100,000.
Lawrence is a city rich in arts and culture. An abundant mixture of restaurants, galleries, coffee houses, boutiques and bookstores attract a steady stream to a busy, vibrant downtown Lawrence. Lawrence is ranked in the Top 15 of The 100 Best Small Arts Towns in America and Top 12 among cities in the U.S. with the largest percentage of professional artists in the work force. Lawrence was the first, 20 years ago, to formalize a juried exhibition of outdoor sculpture that changes annually downtown. The Lied Center for the Performing Arts, the Spencer Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural History at the University of Kansas, as well as the Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence Community Theatre and historic Liberty Hall provide exceptional and diverse cultural opportunities.
Lawrence is the sixth-best educated community in the nation. Forty-three percent of the work force over the age of 25 has earned a bachelor’s degree. And it’s not surprising. Douglas County is home to three universities: the University of Kansas (28,000 students) and Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence and Baker University in Baldwin City. The Lawrence public schools were recently named a “Gold Ribbon” district by Expansion Management magazine. Boasting a 91 percent high-school graduation rate, 82 percent of graduates head for college.
Forbes magazine ranks Lawrence among its Top Ten Best Small Cities for Business, based on job growth plus activity in technologies that foster growth. Top employers include the University of Kansas, Lawrence Public Schools, Pearson Government Solutions, the City of Lawrence, Hallmark Cards and Lawrence Memorial Hospital. In 2002 The New York Times ranked Lawrence second in job growth, at 3 percent, among top metros.
Lawrence/Douglas County offers small town and rural environments with metro amenities. Lawrence/Douglas County is the fastest growing metro area in the region with an annual population increase approaching 3 percent. Public and private golf courses and a surprisingly long season make Lawrence one of the top 40 areas for golf, one place ahead of Phoenix, according to Golf Digest. Residents and visitors enjoy the state’s oldest Farmer’s Market and a superb park system with 3,200 acres of park land, more than 60 miles of recreational paths, three swimming pools, and a public golf course. Clinton Lake makes Boating World magazine’s list as one of the 50 great boating lakes in the country. And you can forget about images of flat prairies. Lawrence is blessed with rolling hills and trees galore along the Kansas River.