Lawrence, MA Profile: Facts & Data

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Lawrence, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Lawrence had a population of 79,929 as of July 1, 2019. Lawrence ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Massachusetts. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Lawrence is located at latitude 42.707 and longitude -71.1631 in Essex County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lawrence encompass a land area of 6.93 sq. miles and a water area of 0.48 sq. miles. Essex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 43 feet.

The City of Lawrence (GNIS ID: 619449) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.


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Lawrence, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Lawrence, MA Housing Affordability Index is 65
State of Massachusetts Housing Affordability Index is 87
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Lawrence, MA Wealth Index is 38
State of Massachusetts Wealth Index is 139
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 79,929
Population in Households 78,862
Population in Familes 64,216
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,067
Population Density 11,533
Diversity Index1 91
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $37,997
Average Household Income $53,609
Per Capita Income $17,401
Wealth Index3 38

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 28,005 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,884 (28.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 17,933 (64.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,188 ( 7.8%)
Median Home Value $268,870
Housing Affordability Index2 65
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 25,817
Average Household Size 3.05
Family Households 17,891
Average Family Size 4
NOTES
  1. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  2. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  3. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.49% 0.46%
Households 0.27% 0.35%
Families 0.24% 0.34%
Median Household Income   2.24%
Per Capita Income   2.76%

Lawrence, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lawrence to the other 246 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 13 95th
Population Density # 7 98th
Diversity Index # 1 100th
Median Household Income # 244 1st
Per Capita Income # 244 1st

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