Laurel, MS Profile: Facts & Data


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Laurel, Mississippi - Basic Facts

The City of Laurel had a population of 18,206 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 Mississippi. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Laurel is located at latitude 31.6941 and longitude -89.1306 in Jones County. The formal boundaries for the City of Laurel encompass a land area of 16.24 sq. miles and a water area of 0.3 sq. miles. Jones County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 269 feet.

The City of Laurel (GNIS ID: 2404889) 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 Supervisor District 5, a minor civil division (MCD) of Jones County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Laurel: Lawurell.

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


Total Population 18,206
Population in Households 17,599
Population in Familes 14,046
Population in Group Qrtrs 607
Population Density2 1,121
Diversity Index3 60


Median Household Income $30,445
Average Household Income $49,839
Per Capita Income $18,386


Total Housing Units 7,736 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,304 (42.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,227 (41.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,205 (15.6%)
Median Home Value $88,094
Average Home Value $136,285


Total Households 6,531
Average Household Size 2.69
Family Households 4,184
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 -0.22% -0.29%
Households -0.36% -0.35%
Families -0.66% -0.51%
Median Household Income   2.17%
Per Capita Income   2.54%

Laurel, MS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Laurel to the other 362 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Mississippi 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 # 23 94th
Population Density # 57 85th
Diversity Index # 21 94th
Median Household Income # 246 32nd
Per Capita Income # 222 39th

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