Laurel, DE
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Laurel is a very small town located in the state of Delaware. With a population of 4,075 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Laurel is the 16th largest community in Delaware. Laurel has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

Unlike some towns, Laurel isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Laurel are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Laurel is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Laurel who work in sales jobs (13.56%), office and administrative support (10.96%), and food service (10.21%).

As is often the case in a small town, Laurel doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The citizens of Laurel have a very low rate of college education: just 9.84% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, compared to a national average of 21.84% for all cities.

The per capita income in Laurel in 2010 was $14,797, which is low income relative to Delaware and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $59,188 for a family of four. However, Laurel contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Laurel also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.29% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Laurel is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Laurel home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Laurel residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Laurel also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.93% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Laurel include German, Irish, Italian, and Haitian.

The most common language spoken in Laurel is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French Creole.