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 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 (10.81%), sales jobs (10.26%), and management occupations (10.25%).
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.
In Laurel, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.90 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Laurel use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Laurel‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The education level of Laurel ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Laurel, 44.20% 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 2018 was $38,773, which is middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $155,092 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 15.55% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Laurel include African, Nigerian, Irish, German, and Jamaican.
Laurel also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 28.80%.
The most common language spoken in Laurel is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.