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.
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 service providers, production and manufacturing workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Laurel who work in sales jobs (8.73%), office and administrative support (7.93%), and food service (7.83%).
In terms of college education, Laurel is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.03% of adults 25 and older in Laurel have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Laurel in 2010 was $18,956, which is upper middle income relative to Mississippi, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $75,824 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. 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.