Lawrence, MA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Lawrence, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Lawrence had a population of 80,634 as of July 1, 2017. 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 42.7003 and longitude -71.1614 in Essex County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lawrence (see map below) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Lawrence population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Lawrence, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 80,634
Daytime Population: Workers 32,229
Daytime Population: Residents 46,818
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 79,047
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.98
Population in Households 79,595
Population in Familes 64,754
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,039
Population Density2 11,643
Diversity Index3 90


Median Household Income $33,120
Average Household Income $48,726
Per Capita Income $16,048


Total Housing Units 28,453 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,591 (26.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 18,579 (65.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,283 ( 8.0%)
Median Home Value $221,928
Average Home Value $244,910


Total Households 26,170
Average Household Size 3.04
Family Households 18,112
Average Family Size 4
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.75% 0.75%
Households 0.53% 0.65%
Families 0.47% 0.61%
Median Household Income   0.55%
Per Capita Income   2.08%

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, 2017 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 # 12 96th
Population Density # 7 98th
Diversity Index # 1 100th
Median Household Income # 244 1st
Per Capita Income # 245 1st

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