Laurel is a medium-sized city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 18,837 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Laurel is the 22nd largest community in Mississippi.
Laurel is a blue-collar town, with 38.45% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Laurel is a city of production and manufacturing workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Laurel who work in sales jobs (9.34%), office and administrative support (8.30%), and food service (7.11%).
The percentage of adults in Laurel with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.67% of adults in Laurel have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Laurel in 2010 was $18,137, which is middle income relative to Mississippi, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $72,548 for a family of four. However, Laurel contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Laurel also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.78% of its population below the federal poverty line.
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. Important ancestries of people in Laurel include Irish, German, Scots-Irish, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Laurel is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.