Laurel, MD
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Laurel is a medium-sized city located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 26,215 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 service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Laurel who work in office and administrative support (14.26%), management occupations (10.38%), and sales jobs (7.14%).

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.

In Laurel, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.59 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 population of Laurel is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 39.42% of adults in Laurel have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Laurel in 2010 was $34,257, which is middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $137,028 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 17.84% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Laurel include German, African, Jamaican, and Italian.

In addition, Laurel has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (24.40%).

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