In the Lawrence & Douglas County region, you can experience small community living without sacrifice. The area’s cost of living is 9% lower than the U.S. average. Housing is affordable, too, with a median price of just $155,000.
More than 100,000 people reside in the city of Lawrence. While the area may be small in population, its cultural footprint is huge. And it’s that unique balance of small community living and cultural attractions and amenities usually only found in a much larger metro area that make Lawrence very different — and very livable.
The arts are a part of daily life in Lawrence, and residents and visitors have a veritable bounty of options from which to choose.
Much of the region’s cultural treasure chest can be found in the city of Lawrence, named by the National Endowment for the Arts as a “top city” with the largest percentage of professional artists in the workforce.
The public-private partnership that is the Lawrence Arts Center keeps the flame burning and ensures that the opportunity for bold cultural experiences are widespread and accessible in Douglas County. One-of-a-kind venues such as the Lied Center of Kansas and the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics contribute to the area’s cultural offerings.
In historic downtown Lawrence, century old Liberty Hall provides an intimate setting for independent films and live music.
For those wanting more, Kansas City’s vast options in the area of visual and performing arts are just a short drive away, including the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, which is home to the Kansas City Ballet, the Lyric Opera, the Kansas City Symphony and other innovative programming.
Everyone has a different view on what constitutes recreation. In the Lawrence area, we like to think we have something for everyone. The region is full of wide-open spaces to find solace or adventure.
Lawrence alone is home to 54 parks, including two off leash dog parks; four aquatic centers; four recreation centers; an award-winning public golf course and an abundance of adult sports leagues.
Miles of hiking and biking trails and paths helped earn the city recognition from the League of American Bicyclists as a top “Bicycle-Friendly Town.”
The University of Kansas’ athletic events have been part of the university, alumni and community culture for generations.
Kansas Athletics has 18 intercollegiate programs. University athletes compete at the NCAA Division I level, as members of the Big 12 Conference. Over the years, KU teams have won 13 national championships, including five in men’s basketball and the 2013 NCAA National Championship in women’s outdoor track and field.
The Jayhawk men’s basketball program has won or shared an NCAA record of 56 conference championships since the University joined its first conference in 1907.
With 197 consecutive sellouts of KU’s Allen Fieldhouse, it’s obvious that KU men’s basketball is a must-see event.
But the Jayhawk mascot is not just known for excellence in basketball. World-class student athletes are abundant throughout the University’s athletics program. One point of pride is KU sprinter, Diamond Dixon’s gold medal achievement for Team USA in the 2012 Olympic Games.
Looking to retire in Lawrence? The city has an array of amenities to offer retirees. From the arts, to nature, to world class medical care, Lawrence has the resources to anyone looking to relocate. To learn more about the services and amenities Lawrence has to offer, please visit Douglas County Senior Services.