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Lawrence, KS

Lawrence business statistics
Employer establishments with 1-49 employees
2,674 3,516
Small business growth rate
2% 4.1%
State business tax climate ranking
(out of 50 states)
31 N/A
Percentage of population with bachelor's degree
(ages 25-34)
43.7% 23.5%
Violent crime
(rate per 100,000 inhabitants, 2007)
412.4 385.1
Property crime
(rate per 100,000 inhabitants, 2007)
5,055.5 3,395.2
Population growth
8% 4.93%
Per-capita income
$30,365 $31,933
Per-capita income growth
17% 23.6%
GDP (in millions)
$3,227 $4,952
GDP growth
23% 33%
Average hourly wage
16.99 $17.50
Housing foreclosure rate
(first half of 2009)
316 850
Median rent
(2009, for a 2-bedroom housing unit)
$757 $737
Housing price-to-income (HPI) ratio
(first quarter of 2009)
2.0% 1.8%
Long-term HPI ratio
(20-year average, 1984-2004)
1.91% 1.67%
HPI deviation from long-term average
11% 0.1%

All statistics are for the full Metropolitan Statistical Area. For a complete list of data sources, see "How we picked the Best Places."

From the November 2009 issue
Best Places Winners


Local smallbiz lenders

  • Intrust Financial Corporation
  • United Bancshares
  • Emprise Financial Corporation
  • Central Of Kansas
  • TTAC Corp
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Data partners

This package was produced in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Foreclosure data provided by RealtyTrac.

Housing price-to-income data provided by Moody's Economy.com.