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Laurel, Maryland - Basic Facts

The City of Laurel had a population of 29,238 as of July 1, 2020. 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 39.0993 and longitude -76.8483 in Prince George's County. The formal boundaries for the City of Laurel 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.

The City of Laurel is located within District 10, Laurel, a minor civil division (MCD) of Prince George's County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Laurel: Laurel Factory.


Laurel, MD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 29,238 (100%)
Population in Households 29,054 (99.4%)
Population in Families 21,178 (72.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 184 ( 0.6%)
Population Density 6,073
Diversity Index2 80


Median Household Income $78,416
Average Household Income $102,599
% of Income for Mortgage4 15%
Per Capita Income $42,125
Wealth Index5 93


Total HU (Housing Units) 12,667 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,763 (45.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,189 (48.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 714 ( 5.6%)
Median Home Value $289,847
Average Home Value $326,501
Housing Affordability Index3 140


Total Households 11,953
Average Household Size 2.43
Family Households 6,473
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 1.24% 0.61%
Households 1.09% 0.52%
Families 1.0% 0.47%
Median Household Income   0.85%
Per Capita Income   1.42%
Owner Occupied HU   0.85%


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, 2020 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 # 43 92nd
Population Density # 32 94th
Median Household Income # 257 51st
Housing Affordability Index # 166 32nd
Per Capita Income # 193 63rd
Diversity Index # 35 93rd

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