Laurel, MD Profile: Facts & Data


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Laurel, Maryland - Basic Facts

The City of Laurel had a population of 29,081 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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Laurel, MD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 29,081
Population in Households 28,902
Population in Familes 21,275
Population in Group Qrtrs 179
Population Density2 6,578
Diversity Index3 79


Median Household Income $77,566
Average Household Income $92,917
Per Capita Income $37,797


Total Housing Units 12,496 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,638 (45.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,124 (49.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 734 ( 5.9%)
Median Home Value $285,528
Average Home Value $323,758


Total Households 11,762
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 6,388
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.48% 1.01%
Households 1.16% 0.83%
Families 1.08% 0.72%
Median Household Income   2.89%
Per Capita Income   3.07%

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, 2018 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 # 44 92nd
Population Density # 27 95th
Diversity Index # 35 93rd
Median Household Income # 218 58th
Per Capita Income # 208 60th

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