Laurel, MD
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Living in Laurel


Laurel is a medium-sized city located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 25,631 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, Laurel is the 44th largest community in Maryland.

Unlike some cities, 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 city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Laurel who work in office and administrative support (11.43%), management occupations (9.69%), and sales jobs (9.52%).

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.

Laurel, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

One downside of living in Laurel, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.68 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.

Laurel is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 43.89% of adults in Laurel have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Laurel in 2018 was $37,219, which is middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $148,876 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 15.91% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Laurel include African, German, Nigerian, Irish, and Jamaican.

Laurel also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 28.27%.

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