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Lawrence is a city in Essex County, in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy metro area.

The community was named after Abbott Lawrence, founder.

The latitude of Lawrence is 42.706N. The longitude is -71.163W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 46 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 72,492.


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Median household income
Local
$27,983
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Lawrence demographic reports
Lawrence is on the Merrimack River, near the New Hampshire border
Founded in 1845 as a woolen-manufacturing center.

Laborers, protesting low wages and deplorable working conditions, struck here in 1912.

Textile workers from England flocked to the area in the 19th century to find work at the mills.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 449. The number of murders and homicides was 8. The violent crime rate was 6.2 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Leonard Bernstein, musician and composer
· Robert Frost, poet
· Robert Goulet, singer, actor
· Horace Fletcher, nutritionist
Local festivals include:
  • Semana Hispana Festival - June 15-17, 2007
Dates often change. Check Lawrence web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Lawrence Heritage State Park
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 148
Quotes:
From the heights above the Merrimack at Andover the city sprawls, with its forest of chimneys and acres of red-brick factory buildings regimented along the river-banks.
-- WPA Guide to Massachusetts, 1937

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Lawrence demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Essex County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Lawrence area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 01840 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

2% of Lawrence residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Lawrence ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Lawrence was $13,360, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

10% of Lawrence residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Lawrence festival dates:

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Historic districts in Lawrence include Arlington Mills Historic District, Arlington-Basswood Historic District, Downtown Lawrence Historic District, North Canal Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Lawrence, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $504.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,044.


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Libraries in Lawrence include Lawrence Public Library, South Lawrence Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Lawrence include Lawrence Eagle-Tribune

TV stations in Lawrence include WMFP.

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The average commute time for Lawrence workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 10 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Lawrence between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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“ From the heights above the Merrimack at Andover the city sprawls, with its forest of chimneys and acres of red-brick factory buildings regimented along the river-banks. ”
~ WPA Guide to Massachusetts, 1937

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