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  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    D-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    C-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    D
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Lawrence is a suburb of Boston with a population of 79,497. Lawrence is in Essex County. Living in Lawrence offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Lawrence there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families live in Lawrence and residents tend to be liberal.
About Lawrence...
Population
79,497

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$238,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,067
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    72%
  • Own
    28%
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Lawrence Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    485.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    13.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    37.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    186.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    276.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    938.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    504.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    3%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    8%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    32%
    13%

Working in Lawrence

Jobs
D
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$39,627
National
$55,322
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Lawrence Reviews

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Lawrence is always criticized by outsiders from other cities in the surrounding areas in Massachusetts for its violence, crime and drug rate. Although Lawrence has developed a bad reputation, the culture is outstanding. The people are always connected with each other, no matter the names and the racists comments we receive and all the children are so eager to learn. After growing up here and being brought up to love our neighbor, the environment would always be great. The people, the FOOD, the music. From a mainly Dominican Republic city, we are always open to interact with everyone.
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I live on the border of Lawrence and Andover, overall I would say that Lawrence has been an OK place to live. I think that they could work on recreational teams for all sports and all ages of children. There is also a good amount of crime in Lawrence, which obviously is something that is being worked on. Where I live, I feel generally safe, but I could see how people that live in other parts of Lawrence could feel unsafe at times. Overall, I grew up feeling safe, but not necessarily involved. That being said, with Lawrence being a city, I think that there should be more things to do and get involved in.
Many times people speak badly about Lawrence. Being born and raised here it’s taught me how to have tough skin. It’s taught me the realities of coming from a lower class family. Lawrence made me who I am today. The only thing if I could change about Lawrence would be the amount of violence. As much as I love my city knowing people feel uneasy and unsafe here breaks my heart, because my city has so much potential. Lawrence just needs to receive a little tough love instead of giving it out to all its residents.