Best Places to Live

Lawrence, KS

Population: 91,305
LIV
SCORE
654

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Affectionately known by locals as “Larry,” Lawrence continues to be ranked high on the Top 100 Best Places to Live in large part because of its strong educational system led by the University of Kansas. The economy is robust in areas like agriculture, finance, research and technology, and the college town atmosphere makes Lawrence a dynamic community for shopping, dining and entertainment venues.

The city ranks high in housing choices for students and residents, and cultural and recreational amenities include a thriving downtown, more than 50 parks, and a robust music and arts scene. Lawrence officials and residents take pride in their city and strive to keep the community beautiful, with Massachusetts Street rated among the most scenic main streets in America.

Find out more about why Lawrence is one of the country's best places to live.

Lawrence, KS Ranking Data

Civic
70
Demographics
40
Economy
74
Education
79
Health
66
Housing
77
Infrastructure
44