City of immigrants and industry, Lawrence is located 25 miles away from downtown Boston. The level of energy and commitment in the city's neighborhoods exceeds that of most communities. Whether it is exemplified at the grassroot levels in the strong neighborhood associations or in the community-policing program. People in the community have created a safer place to live and work. Its historic mill buildings along the mighty Merrimack River offer accessibility, adaptable manufacturing and office spaces at affordable rates. Lawrence is well known as a hub of textile, apparel and shoe companies such as Malden Mills, KGR Inc., Grieco Brothers, New Balance and Cardinal Shoe. Also, Northern Essex Community College in Lawrence offers a full array of associate degree programs and adult education programs.
The Town offers recreational, historical and cultural attractions. The Lawrence Community Boating Program allows the city's youth and adults to sail on the rolling waters of the Merrimack. The 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 city also boasts art exhibitions at Essex Art Center and hosts a wide range of cultural activities like ethnic festivals that celebrate the diversity and rich heritage of this community.
Estimated median home cost in 2012: $140,200. Home appreciation in 2011 has been 5.94%.
Estimated median household income in 2010: $36,658.
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