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Living in Lawrence, Kansas:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Lawrence, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked five people living in Lawrence what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Lawrence, Kansas, holds a great deal of history, stretching as far back as the Civil War era. Though the town isn’t large like the nearby metropolis Kansas City, it has steadily grown throughout the years as more families move in to settle down. Lawrence is also known for its college the University of Kansas, college basketball, fictional mascot, the Jayhawk. All over Lawrence, you’ll find that smiling blue and red bird in every shop window, car bumper, and t-shirt. You may even find giant sculptures dedicated to this famous mascot.

Some people are apprehensive of Lawrence, Kansas, because of the “party school” stereotype surrounding the University of Kansas. However, I like to argue that Lawrence is a beautiful little town despite hustle and bustle of the large school within it. When people walk down Massachusetts street, a long street filled with quirky shops and eateries, they are quickly converted to the Lawrence state of mind.

Lawrence, Kansas, is a small college town 45 minutes west of Kansas City. The heart of Lawrence is the University of Kansas and many town events center around the school. Lawrence has a unique downtown, Massachusetts Street, that is home to local stores, restaurants, and bars. A night is Lawrence is a night to remember!

Jennifer, says: 2020

People moving to Lawrence should know it is a college town, so parties occur frequently and many of residents are below the age of 25. As many people in Lawrence are college students who leave at the end of the school year, the city is not busy in summer at all, meaning life in Lawrence can be incredibly boring when school is not in session. However, the wildlife surrounding Lawrence is absolutely beautiful and is easier to observe in summer because less people are around to bother the animals.

Samantha, says: 2020

Lawrence may seem like a small town to someone from large cities like New York or Los Angeles. To someone from a small town though, it is boisterous and crowded. The most important thing to remember is the numerous hidden one-ways and side streets that the student population seldom uses correctly. That, however, doesn’t take away the charm that this quaint college town has to offer.

Jennie, says: 2020

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