Douglas County Retirement

Don’t just take our word for it, with our fantastic credentials and climate others near and far have noticed just how spectacular this community is. Lawrence and Douglas County have found their way on numerous lists – “One of the Nation’s top 100 hospitals”, “A distinctive destination. One of the unique communities in America,” Massachusetts Street one of the top 10 great streets”, and “One of the best places to retire”. Lawrence is not only loved by residents, the entire nation is abuzz with how great we are.

Awards & Accolades

From travel journals raving about our local cuisine to Money Magazine naming it as the Best Place to Retire, here’s a glimpse of what people are saying.

  • Lawrence named one of the “Top 10 Best College Small Towns” – USA TODAY
  • Lawrence named one of four “Slam-Dunk College Towns” – National Geographic
  • Lawrence named the nation’s second “Best College Town to Live In Forever” – College Ranker
  • Lawrence home to four of the “10 Best Restaurants in Kansas: Superb Local Flavor” – The Culture Trip
  • Lawrence named “Tree City USA” for the 37th consecutive year by the Arbor Day Foundation
  • Lawrence named a “Best College Town in America” – Business Insider
  • Lawrence named a “Best Small Place for Business and Careers” – Forbes
  • #6 Best Place for Work-Life Balance – Nerd Wallet
  • Lawrence named a “Smart City” by
  • Lawrence named “Playful City USA” for second straight year
  • Douglas County Best Retirement Community in Kansas by MSN Money
  • Best Place to Retire – Money Magazine
  • Transit Systems Win National Award for Map and Schedule Design
  • Named a “Great Place You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of” – Mother Earth News
  • Top 10 College Towns of 2012 – Livability


Welcome to Tree City, USA. While many retirement destinations claim to have manageable climates, Lawrence really does. It has fairly temperate four seasons, with really only the 8 or so weeks of hot summer to endure. Lawrence lies in the transition between the humid continental and humid subtropical climate zones, thus giving you a full four season experience, from fresh flowers in the lengthy spring to the beautiful changing leaves of a long fall, with each season’s extremes being much shorter lived than both Northern winter and Southern summer extremes. With 54 parks and counting, there are plenty of ways to enjoy our beautiful climate and all four seasons.

How exactly do we stack up?

Our monthly daily average temperature ranges from 78.5°F in July to 28.4°F in January. The high temperature reaches or exceeds 90°F an average of 32 days per year and 100°F an average of only 1.9 days per year.

The minimum temperature falls to or below 0°F on an average 4.9 days a year. Lawrence receives an average of 39.9 inches of precipitation annually with 96 days of measurable precipitation. Measurable snowfall occurs an average of 8 days per year with 4.6 days receiving at least 1.0 inch.

Weather chart Lawrence