Laurel is a medium-sized city located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 25,906 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 managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Laurel who work in office and administrative support (12.99%), management occupations (10.62%), and sales jobs (9.16%).
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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Laurel, the average commute to work is 33.83 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Laurel is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Laurel, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The education level of Laurel ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Laurel, 42.62% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Laurel in 2010 was $37,166, which is middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $148,664 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 15.22% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Laurel include African, German, Irish, Nigerian, and Italian.
Laurel also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 26.40%.
The most common language spoken in Laurel is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.