Laurel is a medium-sized city located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 25,853 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, Laurel is the 44th largest community in Maryland.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Laurel is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Laurel is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Laurel who work in office and administrative support (14.03%), management occupations (10.98%), and sales jobs (8.11%).
Also of interest is that Laurel has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One downside of living in Laurel, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.78 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Laurel is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Laurel area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The citizens of Laurel are among the most well-educated in the nation: 40.10% of adults in Laurel have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Laurel in 2010 was $35,658, which is middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $142,632 for a family of four. However, Laurel contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Laurel is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. 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 16.76% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Laurel include German, Nigerian, African, and Italian.
In addition, Laurel has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (25.05%).
The most common language spoken in Laurel is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.