Lawrence, Kansas Population 2019

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 95,358 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 Demographics

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

  • White: 80.77%
  • Asian: 5.87%
  • Two or more races: 5.04%
  • Black or African American: 4.53%
  • Native American: 2.51%
  • Other race: 1.27%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.01%

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), with a household density of 445.73 people/km² (1154.44 people/mi²).

The overall median age is 27.5 years, 26.8 years for males, and 28.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 97.2 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 39,928 households in the city, with an average size of people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.9%, with a median rent of $863/month. The median house has 5.2 rooms, and has a value of $183,700.

The median income for households in Lawrence, Kansas is $49,297, while the mean household income is $69,374.

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
White75,888
Asian5,513
Two or More Races4,739
Black or African American4,260
American Indian and Alaska Native2,355
Some Other Race1,193
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander6

Lawrence Population Pyramid 2019

Lawrence Median Age

27.5


Total

26.8


Male

28.3


Female

Lawrence Adults

There are 77,820 adults, (9,342 of whom are seniors) in Lawrence.

Lawrence Age Dependency

37.2

Age Dependency Ratio

13.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

23.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Lawrence Sex Ratio

Female

47,643

50.71%

Male

46,311

49.29%

Lawrence Households and Families

Lawrence Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Lawrence Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75.5%24.5%
All45.4%54.6%
Male36.3%63.7%
Female30.3%69.7%
Non Family27%73%

45.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All36,3582.3745.4
Non Family18,6131.6427
Married13,3383.0875.5
Female3,1473.2530.3
Male1,2603.2936.3

3.01

Average Family Size

2.37

Average Household Size

7.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Lawrence Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6701.30%
9th to 12th Grade1,6713.25%
High School Graduate8,13415.84%
Some College10,00019.47%
Associates Degree3,4566.73%
Bachelors Degree13,88827.04%
Graduate Degree13,54426.37%

Lawrence Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White41,17139,60222,736
Hispanic2,8622,5271,093
Asian2,7072,5302,037
Black2,2902,135759
Multiple Races1,4561,406499
Native American1,3391,262421
Other Race697680304

The highest rate of high school graduation is among other race people with a rate of 97.56%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 75.25%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$37,702$42,287$35,065
Less Than High School$19,353$20,692$13,977
High School Grad$26,893$32,818$19,104
Some College$27,935$29,195$26,902
Bachelors Degree$41,783$48,550$37,008
Graduate Degree$52,691$65,446$47,874

$37,702

Average Earnings

$42,287

Average Male

$35,065

Average Female

Lawrence Language

Lawrence Language by Age

Lawrence Language

89.11% of Lawrence residents speak only English, while 10.89% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian, which is spoken by 4.04% of the population.

Lawrence Poverty

Lawrence Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White66,45213,30320.02%
Asian4,9741,73234.82%
Multiple4,1571,28230.84%
Hispanic5,5941,16620.84%
Black3,85995124.64%
Native2,06857627.85%
Other1,13323120.39%

21.78%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.76%

Male Poverty Rate

20.81%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lawrence

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lawrence is Asian, with 34.82% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lawrence is White, with 20.02% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.58%. Among those working part-time, it was 42.58%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 30.28%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School26.66%
Some College14.74%
High School12.90%
Bachelors or Greater5.77%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed62.81%
Male Unemployed40.52%
Female Employed19.87%
Male Employed16.47%

Lawrence Income

Lawrence Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$49,297$69,374
Families$77,893$97,398
Married Families$95,878$115,420
Non Families$29,896$40,912

Lawrence Marital Status

Lawrence Marital Status

Marriage Rates

35.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.1%

Male Marriage Rate

34.6%

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

3,691

Number of Veterans

3,242

Male Veterans

449

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,322
First Gulf War925
Second Gulf War872
Korea331
World War II189

Lawrence Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White2,9544.64%
Black3158.91%
Hispanic2194.88%
Other13713.76%
2 or More1294.46%
Indian1196.25%
Asian370.77%

Lawrence Veterans by Education

10.04%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.42%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lawrence Employment Status

69.4%

Labor Force Participation

66.3%

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

52.87%

Born in Kansas

92.21%

Native Born

7.79%

Foreign Born

5.29%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

92.21% of Lawrence residents were born in the United States, with 52.87% having been born in Kansas. 5.29% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.