Lawrence, Kansas Population 2020

97,286

Lawrence is a city located in the state of Kansas. It is located in Douglas County, where it has been designated as the county seat. This city is a “college town,” as it is the location of the Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Kansas. Lawrence was originally a center for politics, but it now has a diverse economy that includes agriculture, manufacturing, and education.

The last population taken in 2010 showed a population of 87,643. Current estimates show that this number has risen to 97,286 since that time.

City Size and Population Density

Its population count makes Lawrence the sixth most populous city in the state. The city’s total area is over 34 square miles, and it has a population density of 2,600 people per square mile.

Lawrence Population Statistics

People between the ages of 18 and 24 make up the largest age group—or 28.7% of the total population. About 17.5% of the population is under age 18, while just 8% are at least 65 years old.

There are more males than females living in Lawrence, with 50.2% of the population made up of men. Data show that close to 19% of the population lives below the federal poverty line.

Population Growth in Lawrence

Because of the city’s economic and educational opportunities, it has experienced steady growth since the 19th century. The most recent estimates show that the population was up almost 9% since the last census in 2010, and this city is well on its way to reaching 100,000 citizens in the near future.

Lawrence, Kansas's estimated population is 97,286 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Lawrence, Kansas is the 6th largest city in Kansas based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 2812.84 people/mi² (1086.04 people/km²).

The overall median age is 27.9 years, 27.1 years for males, and 28.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 97.7 males.

The median income for households in Lawrence, Kansas is $, while the mean household income is $.

Lawrence Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Lawrence was:

  • White: 80.12%
  • Asian: 6.33%
  • Two or more races: 4.79%
  • Black or African American: 4.67%
  • Native American: 2.73%
  • Other race: 1.35%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%

How Many People Live in Lawrence, Kansas?

97,286
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201897,2865330.55%
201796,7531,1051.16%
201695,6481,5441.64%
201594,1041,3851.49%
201492,7191,5401.69%
201391,1791,2291.37%
201289,9508250.93%
201189,1251,0571.20%
201088,0687,9700.95%
200080,09814,4902.02%
199065,60812,8702.21%
198052,7387,0401.44%
197045,69812,8403.35%
196032,8589,5073.47%
195023,3518,9614.96%
194014,3906640.47%
193013,7261,2700.98%
192012,456820.07%
191012,3741,5121.31%
190010,8628650.83%
18909,9971,4871.62%
18808,5101900.23%
18708,3200.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018121,4368070.66%
2017120,6297710.64%
2016119,8581,6361.36%
2015118,2221,7741.50%
2014116,4481,7371.49%
2013114,7111,4021.22%
2012113,3098470.75%
2011112,4621,2671.13%
2010111,1950.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White76,34880.12%
Asian6,0336.33%
Two or More Races4,5604.79%
Black or African American4,4514.67%
American Indian and Alaska Native2,5982.73%
Some Other Race1,2821.35%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander220.02%

Lawrence Population Pyramid 2020

Lawrence Median Age

27.9


Total

27.1


Male

28.7


Female

Lawrence Adults

There are 79,067 adults, (9,956 of whom are seniors) in Lawrence.

Lawrence Age Dependency

37.9

Age Dependency Ratio

14.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

23.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Lawrence Sex Ratio

Female

48,199

50.58%

Male

47,095

49.42%

Lawrence Households and Families

Lawrence Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Lawrence Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75.4%24.6%
All45.8%54.2%
Female36.8%63.2%
Male34.1%65.9%
Non Family26.4%73.6%

45.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All37,5572.3345.8
Non Family19,0721.6526.4
Married14,0243.0475.4
Female3,1733.0236.8
Male1,2883.1734.1

2.94

Average Family Size

2.33

Average Household Size

8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Lawrence Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6681.27%
9th to 12th Grade1,5602.96%
High School Graduate8,14815.49%
Some College10,32319.62%
Associates Degree3,6586.95%
Bachelors Degree14,15926.91%
Graduate Degree14,09826.80%

Lawrence Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White41,98040,61023,354
Hispanic3,0762,6801,176
Asian2,9572,7402,080
Black2,3212,168713
Native American1,4941,445552
Multiple Races1,1951,141490
Other Race805758357

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 96.74%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 70.34%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$39,976$45,313$35,123
Less Than High School$20,591$21,974$14,315
High School Grad$27,445$34,766$19,162
Some College$30,615$35,101$27,077
Bachelors Degree$44,246$53,330$37,451
Graduate Degree$54,804$65,747$49,791

$39,976

Average Earnings

$45,313

Average Male

$35,123

Average Female

Lawrence Language

Lawrence Language by Age

Lawrence Language

88.16% of Lawrence residents speak only English, while 11.84% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 4.23% of the population.

Lawrence Poverty

Lawrence Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White67,11413,02719.41%
Asian5,4952,01036.58%
Multiple4,1081,54637.63%
Hispanic5,8371,38823.78%
Black4,05997824.09%
Native2,18660927.86%
Other1,23426421.39%

21.84%

Overall Poverty Rate

23.18%

Male Poverty Rate

20.53%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lawrence

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lawrence is Multiple, with 37.63% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lawrence is White, with 19.41% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.07%. Among those working part-time, it was 42.71%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 30.93%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School28.43%
Some College14.72%
High School13.01%
Bachelors or Greater5.67%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed38.07%
Male Unemployed35.28%
Female Employed20.33%
Male Employed17.05%

Lawrence Income

Lawrence Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$50,429$70,883
Families$79,734$98,649
Married Families$98,588$115,538
Non Families$30,580$42,161

Lawrence Marital Status

Lawrence Marital Status

Marriage Rates

36.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.9%

Male Marriage Rate

36.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Lawrence Married by Age and Sex

Lawrence Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Lawrence Marital Status by Race

Lawrence Veterans

3,646

Number of Veterans

3,311

Male Veterans

335

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,287
Second Gulf War940
First Gulf War887
Korea330
World War II157

Lawrence Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White3,0144.69%
Black2616.91%
Hispanic1934.10%
2 or More1425.58%
Indian1054.91%
Asian811.57%
Other433.92%

Lawrence Veterans by Education

9.99%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.48%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lawrence Employment Status

70.4%

Labor Force Participation

67.2%

Employment Rate

4.3%

Unemployment Rate

Lawrence Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

51.09%

Born in Kansas

91.16%

Native Born

8.84%

Foreign Born

5.90%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

91.16% of Lawrence residents were born in the United States, with 51.09% having been born in Kansas. 5.90% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.