Lawrence was founded in 1854 by the New England Emigrant Aid Society in an effort to keep the territory free from slavery. It is said that Lawrence is one of the few cities in the U.S. founded strictly for political reasons. Today, the city is a diverse and multifaceted haven of nearly 90,000 that offers many of the amenities of a large metropolitan area, while still maintaining a strong sense of community. Located in Northeast Kansas, the city is about 45 minutes west of Kansas City, and 30 minutes east of Topeka, the state capital.
Lawrence offers a rich and fascinating history: Dr. James Naismith, inventor of basketball, is buried in Lawrence, where he lived and coached most of his adult life; the boyhood home of writer and poet Langston Hughes, whose novel "Not Without Laughter" is said to be based on his life in Lawrence; the home of Beat Generation writer and artist William S. Burroughs. In short, Lawrence is a very desirable place to live.
For information about Lawrence, go to the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau website.
Study finds Kansas among the top states in U.S. for teachers
There has to be a lot of teachers in Lawrence — the education capital of Kansas — feeling mighty good these days. After all, Kansas is one of the better places in the country to be a teacher. Maybe you have been too busy watching cell towers to notice, but Kansas has been ranked the 9th best state in the country for teachers, according to a new study by the financial website WalletHub. The website looked at a variety of factors to compile their rankings. Here’s where Kansas ranked on the various metrics:
— 16th for average starting salary for teachers
— 25th for median annual salary for teachers
— 27th for the projected number of teachers per student by year 2020
— 11th for unemployment rate
— 17th for the 10-year change in teacher salaries
— 3rd for pupil to teacher ratio. The study found that only Vermont and North Dakota have better pupil-to-teacher ratios than Kansas.
The website used data from the Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Education Association, the National Center for Educational Statistics, among others to compile its findings. Kansas fared better than any other state in middle America. Here’s a look at how others around the region performed:
— Nebraska: 18
— Missouri: 24
— Colorado: 28
— Oklahoma: 41
Lawrence ranked in "Top 100 Best Places to Live" list
Written by Heather Perry
The people of Lawrence, Kansas know that they have much to be proud of by living in a small, active city with a strong sense of community. This year, the rest of the nation is taking note, thanks to the city being ranked on a popular community research and ranking website, Livability.
Lawrence has been ranked #78 in the 2016 “100 Best Places to Live” list, used to rank small-to-medium sized cities that are great places to live. Though Lawrence is down four spots from last year’s ranking, every city on the list is in the top 5 percent of livable U.S. communities and at least 2,000 cities were taken into consideration.
For 25 years, Livability has worked with hundreds of communities developing content marketing programs showcasing why they are a great place to live with one simple goal: help cities attract and retain residents and businesses. Today, the website is a leading online resource used for researching communities.
The ranking is based off of a strong educational system anchored by the University of Kansas, great health care and numerous amenities, which have made Lawrence a repeat city on the “Top 100 Best Places to Live” list.
Lawrence has also been ranked one of the “Top 10 College Towns” and offers a strong economy anchored by agriculture, finance and research industries.
Besides education, the city's economy includes strong sectors like agriculture, finance, government and scientific research. Lawrence also enjoys a vibrant art and music scene.
Check out livability.com for a complete list of rankings.