Laurens, South Carolina Population 2020

8,834

Laurens is a city located in South Carolina. With a 2020 population of 8,834, it is the 43rd largest city in South Carolina and the 3347th largest city in the United States. Laurens is currently declining at a rate of -0.07% annually and its population has decreased by -3.34% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 9,139 in 2010. Laurens reached it's highest population of 10,587 in 1980. Spanning over 10 miles, Laurens has a population density of 900 people per square mile.

The average household income in Laurens is $55,037 with a poverty rate of 29.32%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $679 per month, and the median house value is $90,800. The median age in Laurens is 40.6 years, 39.3 years for males, and 42.9 years for females. For every 100 females there are 87.7 males.

Laurens Demographics

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

  • White: 55.15%
  • Black or African American: 38.12%
  • Other race: 3.28%
  • Two or more races: 2.42%
  • Asian: 0.89%
  • Native American: 0.15%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Laurens, South Carolina is 8,834, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 8,846.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 9,139.

Laurens, South Carolina Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White4,91655.15%
Black or African American3,39838.12%
Some Other Race2923.28%
Two or More Races2162.42%
Asian790.89%
American Indian and Alaska Native130.15%

Laurens Population Pyramid 2020

Laurens Median Age

40.6


Total

39.3


Male

42.9


Female

Laurens Adults

There are 6,786 adults, (1,975 of whom are seniors) in Laurens.

Laurens Age Dependency

85.3

Age Dependency Ratio

41.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

44.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Laurens Sex Ratio

Female

4,750

53.29%

Male

4,164

46.71%

Laurens Households and Families

Laurens Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Laurens Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76%24%
Male51.9%48.1%
All50.2%49.8%
Non Family41.1%58.9%
Female24.1%75.9%

50.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All3,7632.2850.2
Non Family1,4831.141.1
Married1,2852.876
Female7603.424.1
Male2353.2451.9

2.87

Average Family Size

2.28

Average Household Size

8.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Laurens Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5288.61%
9th to 12th Grade81213.24%
High School Graduate1,85030.15%
Some College1,42323.19%
Associates Degree4497.32%
Bachelors Degree69811.38%
Graduate Degree3756.11%

Laurens Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White3,6063,101902
Black2,1181,485171
Hispanic367224
Other Race14873
Asian5312
Multiple Races2722
Native American13

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 86.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 25.01%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$25,762$31,622$22,115
Less Than High School$13,750$22,109$9,699
High School Grad$20,486$21,481$18,750
Some College$33,145$34,980$24,256
Bachelors Degree$41,305$61,509$35,203
Graduate Degree$50,682$59,500$46,951

$25,762

Average Earnings

$31,622

Average Male

$22,115

Average Female

Laurens Language

Laurens Language by Age

Laurens Language

92.02% of Laurens residents speak only English, while 7.98% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.00% of the population.

Laurens Poverty

Laurens Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black3,2831,24237.83%
White4,49893420.76%
Multiple21613462.04%
Hispanic54412022.06%
Other29211138.01%
Asian796784.81%
Native1313100.00%

29.32%

Overall Poverty Rate

28.89%

Male Poverty Rate

29.71%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Laurens

The race most likely to be in poverty in Laurens is Native, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Laurens is White, with 20.76% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.26%. Among those working part-time, it was 28.52%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 36.86%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School54.24%
High School18.34%
Some College15.72%
Bachelors or Greater0.58%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed100.00%
Male Unemployed57.86%
Female Employed16.01%
Male Employed7.22%

Laurens Income

Laurens Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$36,228$55,037
Families$45,761$55,150
Married Families$58,466-
Non Families$19,149$52,911

Laurens Marital Status

Laurens Marital Status

Marriage Rates

38.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.4%

Male Marriage Rate

36.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Laurens Married by Age and Sex

Laurens Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Laurens Marital Status by Race

Laurens Veterans

499

Number of Veterans

499

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam161
Korea77
First Gulf War52
World War II22
Second Gulf War
Name Veterans % of Total
White3418.61%
Black1114.38%
Hispanic4711.19%
Other4727.98%

$Laurens Veterans by Education

4.74%

Veteran Poverty Rate

49.90%

Veteran Disability Rate

Laurens Employment Status

55.2%

Labor Force Participation

50.1%

Employment Rate

9.2%

Unemployment Rate

Laurens Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

76.52%

Born in South Carolina

96.00%

Native Born

4.00%

Foreign Born

2.57%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

96.00% of Laurens residents were born in the United States, with 76.52% having been born in South Carolina. 2.57% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20208,834-6-0.07%
20198,840-6-0.07%
20188,846-82-0.92%
20178,928-6-0.07%
20168,934-14-0.16%
20158,948-10-0.11%
20148,958120.13%
20138,946100.11%
20128,936-56-0.62%
20118,992-39-0.43%
20109,031-885-0.93%
20009,9162220.23%
19909,694-893-0.88%
198010,5872890.28%
197010,2987000.71%
19609,5989401.04%
19508,6581,7642.30%
19406,8941,4512.39%
19305,4438141.63%
19204,629-189-0.40%
19104,8187891.80%
19004,0290.00%