Laurinburg is a medium-sized city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 15,507 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Laurinburg is the 55th largest community in North Carolina.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Laurinburg is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Laurinburg is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Laurinburg who work in teaching (12.33%), office and administrative support (11.13%), and sales jobs (10.01%).
The education level of Laurinburg citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.10% of adults 25 and older in Laurinburg have a college degree.
The per capita income in Laurinburg in 2010 was $16,841, which is lower middle income relative to North Carolina, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $67,364 for a family of four. However, Laurinburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Laurinburg also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.36% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Laurinburg is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Laurinburg home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Laurinburg residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Laurinburg include German, Scottish, Irish, and Scots-Irish.
The most common language spoken in Laurinburg is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.