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Overview

Lawrence is a small, quiet area located in Western Pennsylvania. Lawrence offers its residents a tranquil escape from the busy city of Pittsburgh, located just 15 miles north of Lawrence.

Climate & Geography

Geographically, Lawrence is built on hilly land located in southwest Pennsylvania. Residents of Lawrence can experience all four seasons. Summers are warm and sunny and winters are colder, with multiple snowfalls expected each winter. The Pittsburgh area sustains slightly more rainfall than the country average.

Recreation, Culture & Entertainment

While Lawrence itself is a quaint and peaceful area, there are plenty of opportunities for recreation in the local area.

Valley Brook Country Club, located in nearby McMurray, is a golf course and clubhouse where members can participate in activities like swimming, bowling, and fitness classes. Locals can choose from a variety of hobbies to engage in to relax and unwind.

Locals can enjoy a night of games and excitement at the Meadows Racetrack & Casino in the close-by city of Washington(https://www.55places.com/pennsylvania/city/washington). Offering an assortment of dining options and live music events, there are plenty of ways for visitors to have fun at the Meadows Racetrack & Casino. 

For restaurants and shopping, the South Hills Village mall is located a short distance from Lawrence in Bethel Park. The mall provides locals with a variety of options for commercial shopping and restaurants.

Cost of Living & Taxes

Cost of living in Lawrence is overall below the state and national average. Sales tax in Lawrence is on the low end of average, at 6.0 percent. Home cost is significantly lower in Lawrence than other areas of Pennsylvania and the United States. The cost of groceries, health and utilities are all lower than the state and national average in Lawrence. Social Security is not taxed in Pennsylvania.

Health Care

Both the Pittsburgh area and the state of Pennsylvania generally score on the lower end of Gallup’s Well-Being Index. 

There are no hospitals located in Lawrence, but the surrounding area has a few options available. UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, located 19 miles from Lawrence in Pittsburgh, ranks No. 15  in the country and No. 1 in the state. St. Clair Hospital, also located in Pittsburgh, is 8 miles away from Lawrence.

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