Laurel, Mississippi Population 2021

18,116
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Laurel is a city located in Jones County Mississippi. With a 2020 population of 18,116, it is the 22nd largest city in Mississippi and the 2008th largest city in the United States . Laurel is currently declining at a rate of -0.61% annually and its population has decreased by -2.29% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 18,540 in 2010. Laurel reached it's highest population of 27,889 in 1960. Spanning over 17 miles, Laurel has a population density of 1,116 people per square mile.

The average household income in Laurel is $51,821 with a poverty rate of 31.28%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $668 per month, and the median house value is $85,800. The median age in Laurel is 37.2 years, 35.9 years for males, and 38.7 years for females.

Laurel Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Laurel was:

  • Black or African American: 64.12%
  • White: 33.24%
  • Other race: 1.33%
  • Two or more races: 1.07%
  • Asian: 0.24%
  • Native American: 0.00%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Laurel, Mississippi is 18,116 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 18,449.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 18,540.

Laurel, Mississippi Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202184,201-140-0.17%
202084,341-140-0.17%
201984,481-140-0.17%
201884,621-317-0.37%
201784,938-123-0.14%
201685,061-122-0.14%
201585,1832510.29%
201484,932-518-0.61%
201385,4504670.55%
201284,9831940.23%
201184,789-38-0.04%
201084,8270.00%

Laurel Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American11,86864.12%
White6,15233.24%
Some Other Race2461.33%
Two or More Races1981.07%
Asian440.24%
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Laurel Population by Race

Laurel Population Pyramid $2021

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Laurel Median Age

37.2


Total

35.9


Male

38.7


Female

Laurel Adults

There are 13,958 adults, (3,068 of whom are seniors) in Laurel.

Laurel Age Dependency

70

Age Dependency Ratio

28.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

41.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Laurel Sex Ratio

Female

9,268

50.08%

Male

9,240

49.92%

Laurel Population by Age

Laurel Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Laurel Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married79.6%20.4%
Non Family61.1%38.9%
All60.4%39.6%
Male55.5%44.5%
Female38.1%61.9%

60.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Laurel Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All6,8252.6660.4
Non Family2,5471.2461.1
Married2,0463.5879.6
Female1,7203.4438.1
Male5123.3755.5

3.33

Average Family Size

2.66

Average Household Size

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Laurel Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,0538.53%
9th to 12th Grade1,46011.82%
High School Graduate3,50628.39%
Some College2,58020.89%
Associates Degree1,0378.40%
Bachelors Degree1,55712.61%
Graduate Degree1,1559.35%
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Laurel Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Laurel Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Black7,1655,647926
White4,2743,7261,628
Hispanic76932270
Other Race14484
2+ Races707044
Asian444444

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 100.00%.

Laurel Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$27,579$31,727$19,713
Less Than 9th Grade$16,186$28,583$12,952
High School Graduate$22,438$27,598$17,222
Some College$22,512$27,039$17,698
Bachelors Degree$45,549$53,594$31,551
Graduate Degree$56,008$132,614$40,833

$27,579

Average Earnings

$31,727

Average Male

$19,713

Average Female

Laurel Earnings by Educational Attainment

Laurel Language by Age

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Laurel Language

94.51% of Laurel residents speak only English, while 5.49% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.96% of the population.

Laurel Language

Laurel Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black11,7934,43737.62%
White5,05287517.32%
Hispanic1,03433532.40%
Other24615462.60%
Multiple1983316.67%

31.28%

Overall Poverty Rate

26.23%

Male Poverty Rate

36.45%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Laurel

The race most likely to be in poverty in Laurel is Other, with 62.60% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Laurel is Multiple, with 16.67% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 14.33%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.83%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 43.37%.

Laurel Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade47.91%
High School35.05%
Some College20.73%
Bachelors or Greater4.64%

Laurel Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed71.63%
Male Unemployed24.90%
Female Employed24.09%
Male Employed9.88%

Laurel Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Laurel Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$31,968$51,821
Families$37,838$57,202
Married Families$59,097-
Non Families$19,450$37,378
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Income by Household Type

Laurel Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

33.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

35.4%

Male Marriage Rate

31.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Laurel Married by Age and Sex

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Laurel Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Laurel Marital Status by Race

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Laurel Marital Status

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1,075

Number of Veterans

985

Male Veterans

90

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam377
First Gulf War366
Second Gulf War94
Korea89
World War II15

Laurel Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54346
75+292
65 to 74277
55 to 64144
18 to 3416

Laurel Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White60211.79%
Black4465.19%
2+ Races2735.53%

Laurel Veterans by Race

Laurel Veterans by Education

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9.64%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.37%

Veteran Disability Rate

Laurel Veterans by Education

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57.2%

Labor Force Participation

52.5%

Employment Rate

8.1%

Unemployment Rate

Laurel Employment by Age

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Laurel Employment by Race

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Laurel Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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77.33%

Born in Laurel

95.56%

Native Born

4.44%

Foreign Born

4.01%

Non Citizen

0.43%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.56% of Laurel residents were born in the United States, with 77.33% having been born in Mississippi. 4.01% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Laurel Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202118,116-111-0.61%
202018,227-111-0.61%
201918,338-111-0.60%
201818,449-25-0.14%
201718,474-118-0.63%
201618,592-83-0.44%
201518,675-19-0.10%
201418,694-37-0.20%
201318,731520.28%
201218,6791921.04%
201118,487-43-0.23%
201018,5301370.07%
200018,393-434-0.23%
199018,827-3,070-1.50%
198021,897-2,248-0.97%
197024,145-3,744-1.43%
196027,8892,8511.08%
195025,0384,4401.97%
194020,5982,5811.35%
193018,0174,9803.29%
192013,0374,5724.41%
19108,4655,27210.24%
19003,1930.00%

Laurel Population by Year