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Laurel, Mississippi - Basic Facts

The City of Laurel had a population of 18,050 as of July 1, 2019. 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, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Laurel, MS Housing Affordability Index is 182
State of Mississippi Housing Affordability Index is 174
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.

WEALTH INDEX

Laurel, MS Wealth Index is 44
State of Mississippi Wealth Index is 62
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.

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POPULATION

Total Population 18,050 (100%)
Population in Households 17,444 (96.6%)
Population in Families 13,910 (77.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 606 ( 3.4%)
Population Density 1,112
Diversity Index2 60
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $32,940
Average Household Income $47,358
Per Capita Income $16,865
Wealth Index4 44

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 7,721 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,314 (42.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,122 (40.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,285 (16.6%)
Median Home Value $90,909
Housing Affordability Index3 182
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 6,436
Average Household Size 2.71
Family Households 4,096
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  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 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.
  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 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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population -0.29% -0.24%
Households -0.48% -0.32%
Families -0.82% -0.52%
Median Household Income   1.96%
Per Capita Income   2.5%

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, 2019 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 # 56 85th
Diversity Index # 22 94th
Median Household Income # 205 44th
Per Capita Income # 254 30th

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