Lawrence, Kansas Population 2021

100,205
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Lawrence is a city located in Douglas County Kansas. It is also the county seat of Douglas County. With a 2020 population of 100,205, it is the 6th largest city in Kansas and the 324th largest city in the United States . Lawrence is currently growing at a rate of 1.01% annually and its population has increased by 14.33% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 87,643 in 2010. Lawrence reached it's highest population of 100,205 in 2021. Spanning over 35 miles, Lawrence has a population density of 2,935 people per square mile.

The average household income in Lawrence is $75,656 with a poverty rate of 20.71%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $924 per month, and the median house value is $195,500. The median age in Lawrence is 28.2 years, 27.3 years for males, and 28.9 years for females.

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.

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: 79.80%
  • Asian: 6.50%
  • Black or African American: 4.91%
  • Two or more races: 4.74%
  • Native American: 2.75%
  • Other race: 1.28%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of Lawrence, Kansas is 100,205 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 97,187.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 87,643.

Lawrence, Kansas Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021124,5591,1500.92%
2020123,4091,1500.93%
2019122,2591,1500.94%
2018121,1098280.68%
2017120,2816190.51%
2016119,6621,5211.27%
2015118,1411,6961.44%
2014116,4451,7321.49%
2013114,7131,4001.22%
2012113,3138340.74%
2011112,4791,2811.14%
2010111,1980.00%

Lawrence Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White76,90579.80%
Asian6,2616.50%
Black or African American4,7364.91%
Two or More Races4,5684.74%
American Indian and Alaska Native2,6482.75%
Some Other Race1,2321.28%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander190.02%
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Lawrence Population by Race

Lawrence Population Pyramid $2021

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Lawrence Median Age

28.2


Total

27.3


Male

28.9


Female

Lawrence Adults

There are 80,020 adults, (10,573 of whom are seniors) in Lawrence.

Lawrence Age Dependency

38.8

Age Dependency Ratio

15.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

23.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Lawrence Sex Ratio

Female

48,788

50.63%

Male

47,581

49.37%

Lawrence Population by Age

Lawrence Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Lawrence Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75.8%24.2%
All44.9%55.1%
Male37.8%62.2%
Female36%64%
Non Family24.4%75.6%

44.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Lawrence Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All38,3952.3144.9
Non Family19,7441.6224.4
Married14,3033.0175.8
Female3,0403.1736
Male1,3083.137.8

2.94

Average Family Size

2.31

Average Household Size

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Lawrence Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7311.36%
9th to 12th Grade1,7843.32%
High School Graduate8,51115.83%
Some College9,95618.52%
Associates Degree4,1407.70%
Bachelors Degree14,51026.99%
Graduate Degree14,13626.29%
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Lawrence Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Lawrence Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White42,46340,90623,621
Hispanic3,2302,6991,095
Asian3,1512,9492,205
Black2,4112,276678
Native American1,5921,554618
2+ Races1,3951,276573
Other Race764691303

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 97.61%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 69.98%.

Lawrence Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$40,510$45,287$36,887
Less Than 9th Grade$21,119$24,478$15,635
High School Graduate$27,772$33,523$21,257
Some College$31,559$35,829$30,224
Bachelors Degree$43,943$52,483$38,997
Graduate Degree$56,875$67,773$52,256

$40,510

Average Earnings

$45,287

Average Male

$36,887

Average Female

Lawrence Earnings by Educational Attainment

Lawrence Language by Age

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Lawrence Language

87.81% of Lawrence residents speak only English, while 12.19% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 4.35% of the population.

Lawrence Language

Lawrence Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White67,58012,50618.51%
Asian5,7301,75430.61%
Multiple4,1461,57537.99%
Hispanic6,0221,24820.72%
Black4,3811,09424.97%
Native2,21262228.12%
Other1,15026923.39%

20.71%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.12%

Male Poverty Rate

19.33%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lawrence

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lawrence is Multiple, with 37.99% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lawrence is White, with 18.51% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.23%. Among those working part-time, it was 41.20%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 30.59%.

Lawrence Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade30.53%
Some College14.39%
High School13.05%
Bachelors or Greater5.03%

Lawrence Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed48.25%
Female Unemployed45.24%
Female Employed18.32%
Male Employed16.95%

Lawrence Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Lawrence Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$53,639$75,656
Families$86,070$105,759
Married Families$101,758$122,912
Non Families$31,807$45,116
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Income by Household Type

Lawrence Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

36.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.9%

Male Marriage Rate

36.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Lawrence Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Lawrence Marital Status

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3,539

Number of Veterans

3,239

Male Veterans

300

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,263
Second Gulf War1,011
First Gulf War896
Korea289
World War II95

Lawrence Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74944
35 to 54922
75+730
55 to 64478
18 to 34465

Lawrence Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,9214.52%
Hispanic2134.33%
Black2075.16%
2+ Races1566.10%
Native American1295.65%
Asian811.51%
Other Race454.26%

Lawrence Veterans by Race

Lawrence Veterans by Education

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10.70%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.26%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lawrence Veterans by Education

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71.8%

Labor Force Participation

68.5%

Employment Rate

4.3%

Unemployment Rate

Lawrence Employment by Age

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Lawrence Employment by Race

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Lawrence Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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50.59%

Born in Lawrence

91.35%

Native Born

8.65%

Foreign Born

5.79%

Non Citizen

2.86%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.35% of Lawrence residents were born in the United States, with 50.59% having been born in Kansas. 5.79% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Lawrence Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021100,2051,0061.01%
202099,1991,0061.02%
201998,1931,0061.04%
201897,1875500.57%
201796,6379821.03%
201695,6551,4481.54%
201594,2071,3261.43%
201492,8811,5331.68%
201391,3481,2301.36%
201290,1188170.91%
201189,3011,0691.21%
201088,2328,1340.97%
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%

Lawrence Population by Year