The City of Lawrence is located in Essex County on the Merrimack River. As of the 2010 US Census, the population was 76,377, with an estimated growth to 77,657 by 2013.
Located twenty-five miles north of Boston, with close proximity to routes 93 and 495, and commuter rail service to Boston, Lawrence is an ideal community for many and easily accessible for commuters.
Built in the 1840’s, Lawrence was the nation’s first planned industrial city. By the early twentieth century, the city was a world leader in the production of cotton and woolen textiles, and large historic mill buildings still line the Merrimack River tying in the current innovation in the city with pictures of the past.
The passage of time is also captured for all to see in the treasured landmark of the city, The Ayer Mill Clock Tower, the world’s largest mill clock. It’s four big glass faces are only 6 inches smaller than Big Ben in London, and the grand, illuminated clock tower is the architectural focal point of the Merrimack Valley.
The mill district anchors the center of the city providing space for businesses and housing in re-purposed mill space where residents can enjoy loft living. It’s surrounded by neighborhoods with a unique blend of older and newer buildings that connect tradition to innovation within the city. Lawrence is also gaining recognition for the city’s strong community of grassroots based neighborhood associations.
As of May 28th, 2015, the average annual selling price of a single-family home was $188,146.
For a condo in Lawrence, the average selling price was $87,588 and the average for a multi-family was $271,761.
What Makes Lawrence a Great City to Live In?
In addition to the affordable home prices in Lawrence, the city boasts an array of beautiful parks and green spaces that offer recreational, historical and cultural attractions.
The Lawrence Community Boating Program provides an active boathouse for recreational activities and allows the city’s youth and adults to sail on the rolling waters of the Merrimack River.
Lawrence Heritage State Park is a 23-acre historic preservation of urban life that records the history of immigrant workers and life in a mill town.
The Lawrence Public Schools System provides 33 different school programs, and the number of Level 1 schools in the district has tripled from 2 to 6 over a two year period.
Other district-wide highlights include a significant increase in student growth percentiles on the English and Math MCAS, with district schools up 9 percentage points in English and 17 percentage points in math since 2012.
Math proficiency levels have also reached historic highs in the district, increasing by 13 percentage points since 2012, and ELA proficiency levels are up 3 percentage points over that time.
An interesting piece of history, Lawrence was the residence of Robert Frost during his early school years. One of the most popular and critically respected American poets of the twentieth century, Frost’s first essays and poems were published in the Lawrence High School bulletin.
The City of Lawrence celebrates the creation and enjoyment of art, making it accessible to all through the Essex Art Center which houses two professional galleries and a student gallery, and offers a variety of classes for children and adults.
Lawrence also hosts a wide range of cultural activities and festivals that celebrate the diversity and rich heritage of Lawrence including Lawrence Hispanic Week, Italian Festival, St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Bread and Roses Festival.
Residents also look forward to enjoying locally grown, farm-fresh produce every week from July through the end of October at the Groundwork Farmers Market, part of Groundwork Lawrence, a non-profit organization that celebrates healthy food by creating a citywide network of community, backyard, and schoolyard gardens, to empower residents through green initiatives.