Best Places to Live

Lawrence, KS

Population: 97,582
Facebook/Social Service League of Lawrence, KS

Why It's a Great Place for Antiquers: Lawrence is a win/win/win for antiquers — antiques are often more reasonably priced in the Midwest vs. the coasts. Antiques are usually more affordable in small cities vs. big cities. And because Lawrence is a college town and college kids are rarely interested in antiques, you won’t have much competition.

Why It's a Great Place to Live: Lawrence offers you the best of both worlds — a college town, small city vibe that’s only 40 minutes from Kansas City (population: 500,000).

Best Place to Score an Amazing Deal: The Social Service League Thrift Store is a treasure trove of affordable finds and overlooked vintage. If you’re a senior citizen, visit on a Wednesday for 60% off!

Best Place to Buy an Investment Piece: The Lawrence Antique Mall has something for every antique hunter — like this mid century credenza for $499 or this set of carved chairs for $650.

Where to Fuel Up for a Day of Treasure-Hunting: You haven’t visited Kansas if you haven’t eaten at local chain Big Biscuit. Be sure to order one of their signature Sticky Biscuits, an oversized biscuit loaded with raisins, cranberries, pecans and buttercream frosting.