Laurel is a very small town located in the state of Delaware. With a population of 4,356 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Laurel is the 16th largest community in Delaware.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Laurel is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 38.06% of the Laurel workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. 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 (14.23%), healthcare suport services (8.97%), and management occupations (6.31%).
In terms of college education, the citizens of Laurel rank slightly lower than the national average. 14.98% of adults 25 and older in Laurel have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in Laurel in 2018 was $14,316, which is low income relative to Delaware and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $57,264 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 33.42% 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 13.62% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Laurel include Irish, English, Haitian, German, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Laurel is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.