Lawrence – This is the anti-New England city. Hispanics make up 70+ percent of the population in a city of 70,000 people. Anglos are a certain minority. Urban is the context. If you were looking for a ministry to Millenials making like $26,000 per year on average, then Lawrence is the place for you. This is picture: the windows on the closed down textile mills are broken out and unmarried, young moms are pushing strollers through the broken glass.
Few cities in Greater-Boston even offer an inner-core to minister to. Framingham, New Bedford, and Fall River come to mind. But of these, Lawrence is the poorest and least diversified. That is, there are so many Hispanics that this is their town. The church planter for Lawrence must be able to relate to and motivate people in ways that seem real to real people. The church planter for Lawrence will most definitely need some Spanish and a whole lot of willingness to move into and serve in culture that is living and looking just for the basic needs of life.
- Population – 70,273
- Household mean income – $47,931
- Median age – 30.4
- College degree – 9.5 percent
- Hispanic / Latino 71.1, Other 59.0
- White – 31.2
- SBC churches – 0
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- Community Facts – Use this US Census search to find a number of different demographic reports that should be very useful.
Church-specific research from PreceptGroup reflecting People and Place, Faces of Diversity, Community Issues, and Faith Preferences.