Lawrence, Kansas Population 2024

96,638

Lawrence is a city located in Douglas County Kansas. Lawrence has a 2024 population of 96,638. It is also the county seat of Douglas County.Lawrence is currently growing at a rate of 0.44% annually and its population has increased by 1.81% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 94,923 in 2020.

The average household income in Lawrence is $84,236 with a poverty rate of 18.82%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Lawrence is 28.8 years, 28 years for males, and 29.3 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: 77.23%
  • Two or more races: 8.89%
  • Asian: 5.93%
  • Black or African American: 4.89%
  • Native American: 1.96%
  • Other race: 1.08%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
State
Kansas
Land Area (mi²)
34.1 sq mi
Density (mi²)
2,830.60/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
1.81% (1,715)
The current population of Lawrence, Kansas is 96,638 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 94,923.

Lawrence, Kansas Population 2024

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Lawrence Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White73,45077.23%
Two or more races8,4528.89%
Asian5,6395.93%
Black or African American4,6504.89%
Native American1,8631.96%
Other race1,0261.08%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander230.02%
showing: 7 rows

White

Two or more races

Asian

Black or African American

Native American

Other race

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Lawrence Population by Race

Lawrence Population Pyramid 2024

Lawrence Median Age

28.8

Total

28

Male

29.3

Female

Lawrence Adults

There are 79,573 adults, (11,754 of whom are seniors) in Lawrence.

Lawrence Age Dependency

40.2

Age Dependency Ratio

17.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

22.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Lawrence Sex Ratio

Female48,01450.49%
Male47,08949.51%

Lawrence Population by Age

Lawrence Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All40,7862.1443.756.3
Non Family21,8521.4722.277.8
Married14,8022.977.722.3
Female2,9833.0737.162.9
Male1,1492.4732.567.5
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2.81

Average Family Size

2.14

Average Household Size

43.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Lawrence Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Lawrence Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Lawrence Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 99%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 67.76%.

Lawrence Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$45,900

Average Earnings

$50,318

Average Male

$41,547

Average Female

Lawrence Earnings by Educational Attainment

Lawrence Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Lawrence Language

88.3% of Lawrence residents speak only English, while 11.7% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 4.5% of the population.

Lawrence Language

Lawrence Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White65,62311,32717.26%
Multiple8,0491,56519.44%
Asian5,1331,25824.51%
Hispanic6,2211,20519.37%
Black4,0861,10226.97%
Native1,45547632.71%
Other90130934.3%
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18.82%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.99%

Male Poverty Rate

18.66%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lawrence

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lawrence is Other, with 34.3% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lawrence is White, with 17.26% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.77%. Among those working part-time, it was 36.99%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.07%.

Lawrence Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade21.43%
Some College13.96%
High School13.05%
Bachelors or Greater4.76%
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Lawrence Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed62.25%
Male Unemployed37.94%
Female Employed16.94%
Male Employed12.83%
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Lawrence Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Lawrence Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Lawrence Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

37.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

37.8%

Male Marriage Rate

36.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Lawrence Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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 35-44.

Lawrence Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Lawrence Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

3,856

Number of Veterans

3,619

Male Veterans

237

Female Veterans

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Lawrence Veterans by War

count

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Lawrence Veterans by Age

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Lawrence Veterans by Race

Lawrence Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

7.82%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.15%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lawrence Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

71.8%

Labor Force Participation

67.9%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

Lawrence Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Lawrence Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Lawrence Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

49.39%

Born in Lawrence

92.28%

Native Born

7.72%

Foreign Born

4.81%

Non Citizen

2.91%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

92.28% of Lawrence residents were born in the United States, with 49.39% having been born in Kansas. 4.81% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Lawrence Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202998,7484220.43%
202898,3264220.43%
202797,9044220.43%
202697,4824220.43%
202597,0604220.44%
202496,6384220.44%
202396,2164220.44%
202295,7944220.44%
202195,3724490.47%
202094,923-3,316-3.38%
201998,2398460.87%
201897,3935350.55%
201796,8589991.04%
201695,8591,5231.61%
201594,3361,3511.45%
201492,9851,5561.7%
201391,4291,2461.38%
201290,1838390.94%
201189,3441,0811.22%
201088,2638,16510.19%
200080,09814,49022.09%
199065,60812,87024.4%
198052,7387,04015.41%
197045,69812,84039.08%
196032,8589,50740.71%
195023,3518,96162.27%
194014,3906644.84%
193013,7261,27010.2%
192012,456820.66%
191012,3741,51213.92%
190010,8628658.65%
18909,9971,48717.47%
18808,5101902.28%
18708,320
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Lawrence Population by Year