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North Laurel, Maryland - Basic Facts

The North Laurel Census Designated Place had a population of 24,551 as of July 1, 2020. North 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 North Laurel is located at latitude 39.139 and longitude -76.8705 in Howard County. The formal boundaries for the North Laurel Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 6.48 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. Howard County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 299 feet.

The North Laurel Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2389572) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The North Laurel Census Designated Place is located within District 6, Savage, a minor civil division (MCD) of Howard County.


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


Total Population 24,551 (100%)
Population in Households 24,551 (100.0%)
Population in Families 20,748 (84.5%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 3,788
Diversity Index2 77


Median Household Income $101,473
Average Household Income $132,524
% of Income for Mortgage4 15%
Per Capita Income $45,842
Wealth Index5 145


Total HU (Housing Units) 8,901 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,429 (61.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,053 (34.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 419 ( 4.7%)
Median Home Value $372,254
Average Home Value $405,145
Housing Affordability Index3 141


Total Households 8,482
Average Household Size 2.89
Family Households 6,035
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 1.89% 1.41%
Households 1.65% 1.3%
Families 1.67% 1.2%
Median Household Income   1.5%
Per Capita Income   1.8%
Owner Occupied HU   1.44%


North Laurel, MD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares North 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 # 55 90th
Population Density # 92 82nd
Median Household Income # 142 73rd
Housing Affordability Index # 168 32nd
Per Capita Income # 158 70th
Diversity Index # 41 92nd

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