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Laurel, Maryland - Basic Facts

The City of Laurel had a population of 26,218 as of July 1, 2015. Laurel ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Maryland. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Laurel is located at latitude 39.0958 and longitude -76.8623 in Prince George's County. 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. Prince George's County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 167 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Laurel are located in Prince George's County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into Anne Arundel County, and Howard County.

The City of Laurel (GNIS ID: 2390608) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Laurel population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Laurel: Laurel Factory.

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Laurel, MD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 26,218
Population in Households 26,068
Population in Familes 18,918
Population in Group Qrtrs 150
Population Density1 6,095
Diversity Index2 78


Total Households 10,829
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 5,874
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 11,702 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,226 (44.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,604 (47.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 873 ( 7.5%)
Median Home Value $244,306
Average Home Value $279,353


Median Household Income $66,800
Average Household Income $78,896
Per Capita Income $32,600
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.82% 0.8%
Households 0.59% 0.67%
Families 0.59% 0.56%
Median Household Income   2.88%
Per Capita Income   2.42%
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.

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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, 2015 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 # 47 91st
Population Density1 # 33 94th
Diversity Index2 # 36 93rd
Median Household Income # 270 48th
Per Capita Income # 256 51st

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