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Laurel, Maryland - Basic Facts

The City of Laurel is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Prince George's County at latitude 39.0958 and longitude -76.8623. Prince George's County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 167 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Laurel, but most people and references simply refer to it as Laurel, Maryland.

The P1 Census Class Code for Laurel indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Laurel (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.42 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Laurel: Laurel Factory.

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Laurel, MD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 25,967
Population in Households 25,815
Population in Familes 18,821
Population in Group Qrtrs 152
Population Density1 6,037
Diversity Index2 78


Total Households 10,758
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 5,834
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 11,659 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,252 (45.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,506 (47.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 901 ( 7.7%)
Median Home Value $230,414
Average Home Value $261,817


Median Household Income $64,983
Average Household Income $77,389
Per Capita Income $32,071
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.79% 0.86%
Households 0.58% 0.75%
Families 0.57% 0.59%
Median Household Income   3.0%
Per Capita Income   2.43%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Laurel, MD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Laurel to the other 518 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Maryland by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 46 91st
Population Density1 # 34 94th
Diversity Index2 # 35 93rd
Median Household Income # 262 50th
Per Capita Income # 257 51st

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Maryland Census Data Comparison Tool.