Laurel, Mississippi

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Population in 2017: 18,493 (97% urban, 3% rural).
Population change since 2000: +0.5%
 
Males: 9,066  (49.0%)
Females: 9,427  (51.0%)
Median resident age:

34.8 years
Mississippi median age:

37.5 years

Zip codes: 39443.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $34,123 (it was $24,988 in 2000)
Laurel:

$34,123
MS:

$43,529

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $20,331 (it was $15,561 in 2000)

Laurel city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $81,013 (it was $50,400 in 2000)
Laurel:

$81,013
MS:

$120,200

Median gross rent in 2017: $666.

March 2019 cost of living index in Laurel: 78.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 31.3%
(9.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 41.6% for Black residents, 42.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 52.6% for other race residents, 15.7% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Laurel, MS (2010)
    • 11,33061.1%Black alone
    • 5,51729.8%White alone
    • 1,4247.7%Hispanic
    • 1280.7%Asian alone
    • 1230.7%Two or more races
    • 90.05%American Indian alone
    • 60.03%Other race alone
    • 30.02%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

Races in Laurel detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Mississippi and other state lists, there were 78 registered sex offenders living in Laurel, Mississippi as of November 27, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Laurel is 241 to 1.


Crime rates in Laurel by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
1
(5.5)
4
(21.9)
4
(21.7)
4
(21.7)
3
(16.0)
1
(5.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(10.6)
4
(21.0)
4
(21.1)
1
(5.3)
2
(10.6)
1
(5.4)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
21
(114.8)
19
(104.2)
22
(119.3)
3
(16.3)
13
(69.4)
8
(42.3)
14
(75.2)
3
(16.1)
5
(26.4)
7
(36.7)
15
(79.2)
17
(90.0)
10
(53.2)
16
(86.6)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
52
(284.2)
121
(663.7)
62
(336.3)
51
(276.9)
82
(437.5)
50
(264.2)
44
(236.4)
28
(150.0)
33
(174.4)
18
(94.3)
21
(110.9)
27
(142.9)
30
(159.7)
32
(173.1)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
34
(185.8)
39
(213.9)
35
(189.8)
43
(233.5)
36
(192.1)
44
(232.5)
23
(123.6)
30
(160.7)
19
(100.4)
23
(120.5)
32
(168.9)
34
(180.0)
42
(223.5)
54
(292.1)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
218
(1,191)
508
(2,786)
415
(2,251)
269
(1,461)
310
(1,654)
425
(2,245)
414
(2,225)
325
(1,741)
295
(1,559)
219
(1,148)
362
(1,911)
248
(1,313)
297
(1,581)
271
(1,466)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
1,436
(7,847)
962
(5,276)
686
(3,721)
683
(3,709)
670
(3,575)
773
(4,084)
687
(3,692)
608
(3,257)
611
(3,230)
638
(3,344)
635
(3,352)
569
(3,012)
562
(2,991)
559
(3,024)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
70
(382.5)
62
(340.1)
77
(417.6)
63
(342.1)
31
(165.4)
34
(179.6)
42
(225.7)
26
(139.3)
20
(105.7)
27
(141.5)
31
(163.6)
29
(153.5)
56
(298.0)
40
(216.4)
Arson
(per 100,000)
6
(32.8)
3
(16.5)
0
(0.0)
5
(27.2)
6
(32.0)
3
(15.8)
3
(16.1)
3
(16.1)
2
(10.6)
3
(15.7)
3
(15.8)
2
(10.6)
0
(0.0)
3
(16.2)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)653.0802.4617.5464.2529.2505.0477.3353.3361.5349.1453.6386.0410.6431.3

The City-Data.com crime rate weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in Laurel, MS

Crime rate in Laurel detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 73 (52 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.81
Mississippi average:

0.93
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Ancestries: American (5.4%), English (2.7%), Irish (1.9%), Scotch-Irish (1.4%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated in 1882

Elevation: 264 feet

Land area: 15.4 square miles.

Population density: 1,199 people per square mile   (low).

Laurel, Mississippi map

846 residents are foreign born (3.6% Latin America).

This city:

4.5%
Mississippi:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,647 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $515 (0.9%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Jackson, MS (75.9 miles , pop. 184,256).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: New Orleans, LA (131.2 miles , pop. 484,674).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Houston, TX (394.5 miles , pop. 1,953,631).

Nearest cities:

Sharon, MS (2.6 miles ),
Ellisville, MS (2.8 miles ),
Sandersville, MS (2.9 miles ),
Soso, MS (3.0 miles ),
Heidelberg, MS (4.0 miles ),
Taylorsville, MS (4.4 miles ),
Bay Springs, MS (4.6 miles ),
Seminary, MS (4.8 miles )

Latitude: 31.70 N, Longitude: 89.14 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +11,280 (+60.3%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 3,737 (51.9%)

Area code: 601

Distribution of median household income in Laurel, MS in 2017
Distribution of house value in Laurel, MS in 2017
Laurel satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 11 buildings, average cost: $168,600
  • 1998: 10 buildings, average cost: $139,900
  • 1999: 46 buildings, average cost: $57,000
  • 2000: 11 buildings, average cost: $219,900
  • 2001: 12 buildings, average cost: $87,600
  • 2002: 23 buildings, average cost: $142,700
  • 2003: 22 buildings, average cost: $137,800
  • 2004: 25 buildings, average cost: $175,300
  • 2005: 21 buildings, average cost: $153,400
  • 2006: 30 buildings, average cost: $169,400
  • 2007: 100 buildings, average cost: $164,500
  • 2008: 49 buildings, average cost: $108,100
  • 2009: 17 buildings, average cost: $132,500
  • 2010: 14 buildings, average cost: $168,100
  • 2011: 7 buildings, average cost: $226,500
  • 2012: 7 buildings, average cost: $150,000
  • 2013: 108 buildings, average cost: $61,700
  • 2014: 19 buildings, average cost: $126,800
  • 2015: 27 buildings, average cost: $143,200
  • 2016: 24 buildings, average cost: $146,800
  • 2017: 18 buildings, average cost: $145,800
Number of permits per 10,000 Laurel, MS residents
Average permit cost in Laurel, MS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

4.9%
Mississippi:

4.8%
Historical population in Laurel, MS
Historical housing units in Laurel, MS
Most common industries in Laurel, MS (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Food (12.1%)
  • Health care (12.1%)
  • Educational services (10.6%)
  • Electrical equipment, appliances, components (9.3%)
  • Construction (5.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (3.4%)
  • Wood products (3.2%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Food (13.8%)
  • Electrical equipment, appliances, components (13.6%)
  • Construction (9.0%)
  • Health care (6.1%)
  • Wood products (5.4%)
  • Educational services (4.6%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (2.9%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (19.2%)
  • Educational services (17.8%)
  • Food (10.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.8%)
  • Electrical equipment, appliances, components (4.2%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.0%)
  • Public administration (2.9%)
Most common occupations in Laurel, MS (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (9.4%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (7.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.8%)
  • Food processing workers (4.0%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.0%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.1%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (12.3%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (9.3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.3%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5.9%)
  • Food processing workers (4.4%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (3.6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (3.1%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (7.0%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.2%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.1%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (5.0%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.6%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.3%)

Average climate in Laurel, Mississippi

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Laurel, Mississippi environmental map by EPA

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Tornado activity:

Laurel-area historical tornado activity is near Mississippi state average. It is 119% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 2/28/1987, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 15.1 miles away from the Laurel city center killed 6 people and injured 350 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 11/22/1992, a category F4 tornado 24.7 miles away from the city center injured 20 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Laurel-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Mississippi state average. It is 82% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/24/1997 at 08:35:17, a magnitude 4.9 (4.8 MB, 4.2 MS, 4.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 117.2 miles away from the city center
On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 161.3 miles away from the city center
On 11/7/2004 at 11:20:21, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.3 MW, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 96.5 miles away from Laurel center
On 2/10/2006 at 04:14:22, a magnitude 5.3 (4.2 MB, 5.3 MS, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 275.2 miles away from the city center
On 9/10/2006 at 14:56:08, a magnitude 5.9 (5.9 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, Depth: 8.7 mi) earthquake occurred 406.2 miles away from the city center
On 6/24/1975 at 11:11:36, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 159.0 miles away from Laurel center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Jones County (18) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 8, Floods: 6, Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 6, Heavy Rains: 2, Drought: 1, Freeze: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Laurel topographic map

Main business address for: SANDERSON FARMS INC (POULTRY SLAUGHTERING AND PROCESSING).

Hospitals in Laurel:

  • CCI PROFESSIONAL HEALTHCARE HOSPICE (316 CENTRAL AVENUE)
  • COMFORT CARE HOSPICE (2260 HIGHWAY 15 NORTH)
  • ETERNITY HOSPICE, INC OF LAUREL (337 ELLISVILLE BLVD)
  • LAUREL GENERAL HOSP- (provides emergency services, 608 2 AVE)
  • SEYAH HOSPICE CARE INC (1613 WEST FIRST STREET)
  • SOUTH CENTRAL REG MED CTR (Government - Local, 1220 JEFFERSON ST BOX 607)
  • SOUTH MISSISSIPPI STATE HOSPITAL (100 BUCHANAN ST)

Nursing Homes in Laurel:

  • CARE CENTER OF LAUREL (935 WEST DR)
  • COMFORT CARE NURSING CENTER (1100 WEST DRIVE)
  • DAVISON REST HOME (616 E 19TH ST)
  • LAURELWOOD COMM LIVING CENTER (1036 WEST DRIVE)

Dialysis Facilities in Laurel:

  • LAUREL DIALYSIS (1527 LARRY DRIVE)

Home Health Centers in Laurel:

  • COMFORTCARE HOME HEALTH (2260 HIGHWAY 15 NORTH)

Airports located in Laurel:

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Amtrak station:

LAUREL (230 N. MAPLE ST.) . Services: enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/Universities in Laurel:

  • Mississippi College of Beauty Culture (Full-time enrollment: 75; Location: 732 Sawmill Rd; Private, for-profit; Website: hatfieldsinc.com)
  • Southeastern Baptist College (Full-time enrollment: 39; Location: 4229 Hwy 15 N; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.southeasternbaptist.edu)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Laurel:

  • Jones County Junior College (about 8 miles; Ellisville, MS; Full-time enrollment: 3,942)
  • University of Southern Mississippi (about 29 miles; Hattiesburg, MS; FT enrollment: 14,294)
  • William Carey University (about 29 miles; Hattiesburg, MS; FT enrollment: 3,510)
  • East Central Community College (about 52 miles; Decatur, MS; FT enrollment: 2,380)
  • Meridian Community College (about 53 miles; Meridian, MS; FT enrollment: 2,750)
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (about 64 miles; Perkinston, MS; FT enrollment: 8,320)
  • Pearl River Community College (about 64 miles; Poplarville, MS; FT enrollment: 3,074)

Public high schools in Laurel:

Private high school in Laurel:

  • LAUREL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 539, Location: 2601 AUDUBON DR, Grades: PK-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Laurel:

  • GLADE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Location: 990 HIGHWAY 15 SOUTH, Grades: KG-6)
  • EAST JONES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Location: 108 NORTHEAST DRIVE, Grades: KG-6)
  • WEST JONES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Location: 5652 HIGHWAY 84 WEST, Grades: KG-6)
  • NORTH JONES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Location: 650 TRACE ROAD, Grades: KG-6)
  • NORA DAVIS MAGNET SCHOOL (Location: 1305 MARTIN LUTHER KING DRIVE, Grades: PK-5)
  • MASON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Location: 2726 OLD BAY SPRINGS ROAD, Grades: KG-5)
  • OAK PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Location: 1205 OAK PARK AVENUE, Grades: PK-5)
  • LAUREL MIDDLE SCHOOL (Location: 1600 GRANDVIEW DRIVE, Grades: 6-8)
  • MADDOX ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Location: 600 SOUTH 16TH AVENUE, Grades: KG-5)

Private elementary/middle school in Laurel:

  • ST JOHNS DAY SCHOOL (Students: 179, Location: 520 N 5TH AVE, Grades: PK-6)
See full list of schools located in Laurel

Library in Laurel:

  • LAUREL-JONES COUNTY LIBRARY (Operating income: $732,385; Location: 530 COMMERCE STREET; 66,265 books; 2,525 audio materials; 3,265 video materials; 34 local licensed databases; 53 state licensed databases; 85 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • PRESBYTERIAN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (private school) is now LAUREL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL with an enrollment of 400 in grades PK to 12th grade
  • Was called Tree City before Katrina hit it . added by Cyber
  • Private Schools - Pres. Christian School is not in Laurel - it's in a town about 40 miles away; BUT, Laurel Christian School is - a baptist private school ALSO - daily newspaper: Leader-Call, circulation: 8,100; 130 Beacon Street, Laurel, Miss. 39441 WDAM is an NBC affiliate and WHLT is a CBS affiliate
  • CHURCH ON SUSIE B RUFFIN AVE. (FIRST ALLEN AME CHURCH)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Laurel: Laurel Country Club (A), Dixie Golf Club (B), Laurel Airport Industrial Park (C), Laurel-Jones County Library (D), Jones County Courthouse (E), Rogers Library and Museum (F), Laurel Fire Department Station 6 (G), Laurel Fire Department Station 4 (H), Laurel Fire Department Station 1 Headquarters (I), Laurel Fire Department Station 2 (J), Laurel Fire Department Station 5 (K). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Sawmill Square Mall Shopping Center (1), Gardiner Center Shopping Center (2), North Laurel Shopping Center (3), Northview Village Shopping Center (4), Northwood Shopping Center (5), Parkside Plaza Shopping Center (6), Pine Tree Village Shopping Center (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Main business address in Laurel: SANDERSON FARMS INC (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Laurel include: Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church (A), Plainway Baptist Church (B), Pentacostal Church of God (C), Parkview Baptist Church (D), Palestine Primitive Baptist Church (E), Morning Star Baptist Church (F), Magnolia Baptist Church (G), Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses (H), Justice Heights United Methodist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Laurel Cemetery (1), Pilgrims Rest Cemetery (2), Windham Cemetery (3), Palestine Cemetery (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creek: Horse Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in Laurel include: Seventh Avenue Park (1), Gardiner Park (2), Beacon Park (3), Trinity Playground (4), Cotton Mill Park (5), Daphne Park (6), Watkins Stadium (7), Mason Memorial Park (8). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (565 North 5th Avenue), Eastman Memorial Foundation (Museums; 565 North 5th Avenue), Veterans Memorial Museum Inc (920 Hillcrest Drive), Magnolia Center (Amusement & Theme Parks; 1457 Ellisville Boulevard), Power Play Laurel (Amusement & Theme Parks; 910 Sawmill Road), Plaza Bingo (Amusement & Theme Parks; 986 North 16th Avenue), Games Etc (Amusement & Theme Parks; 310 Highway 28 West), Landrum's Homestead & Village (Amusement & Theme Parks; 1356 Highway 15 South), Associated Travel and Cruises Only (Tours & Charters; 404 Short 7th Street).

Hotels: Ramada Inn of Laurel (1105 Sawmill Road), New Laurel Mobile Home Park (3222 Ellisville Boulevard), Plaza Motel Courts (Highway 11 South), Best Western Ellisville Inn (1102 Highway 29 North), Quality Inn (305 N 16th Ave), Econo Lodge Laurel (305 16th Avenue North), Town House Motel (340 Beacon Street), Econo Lodge (123 Sixteenth Avenue North), Hampton Inn Laurel- MS (309 South 16th Avenue).

Courts: Taylor Gene Congressman (527 Central), Jones County - Chancery Court- Administrator (415 North 5th Avenue), Jones County - Circuit Court- Administrator (415 North 5th Avenue).

Birthplace of: Lance Bass - Child singer, Marsha Blackburn - Politician, Charles W. Pickering - Politician and judge, C. T. Singleton, Jr. - Navy admiral, Chip Pickering - Politician, Chris McDaniel - Politician, Clinton Portis - 2005 NFL player (Washington Redskins, born: Sep 1, 1981), Homer Edwin Young - Television evangelist, Jack Pierce (baseball) - Baseball player, Jason Campbell - 2005 NFL player (Washington Redskins, born: Dec 31, 1981).

Jones County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Laurel and their reported violations in the past:

CITY OF LAUREL (Population served: 23,258, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JAN-2014, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-07-2014), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-07-2014), St Compliance achieved (FEB-24-2014), St Public Notif received (MAR-13-2014)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 198 regular monitoring violations
CALHOUN WATER ASSOCIATION (Population served: 4,466, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 171 regular monitoring violations
GLADE WATERWORKS ASSN (Population served: 3,810, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 325 regular monitoring violations
Average household size:
This city:

2.7 people
Mississippi:

2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

65.7%
Whole state:

69.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

7.1%
Whole state:

5.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Laurel in 2010:

  • 288 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 137 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 18 people in group homes intended for adults

People in group quarters in Laurel in 2000:

  • 247 people in nursing homes
  • 49 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 40 people in homes for the mentally retarded

Banks with most branches in Laurel (2011 data):

  • Trustmark National Bank: Ellisville Boulevard Branch, Sawmill Branch, West Laurel Branch, North Laurel Branch, Laurel Main Branch. Info updated 2012/03/26: Bank assets: $9,612.1 mil, Deposits: $7,410.1 mil, headquarters in Jackson, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 186 total offices, Holding Company: Trustmark Corporation
  • Community Bank: Calhoun Branch, Laurel Branch, Pine Tree Branch. Info updated 2008/07/15: Bank assets: $630.6 mil, Deposits: $562.6 mil, headquarters in Ellisville, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 11 total offices, Holding Company: Community Bancshares Of Mississippi, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • Regions Bank: Laurel Branch at 1706 West 10th Street, branch established on 1974/05/10; Laurel Main Branch at 401 Central Avenue, branch established on 1800/01/01. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $123,368.2 mil, Deposits: $98,301.3 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1778 total offices, Holding Company: Regions Financial Corporation
  • BancorpSouth Bank: 317 North 5th Avenue Branch at 317 North 5th Avenue, branch established on 1937/06/28; West Laurel Branch at 110 South 16th Avenue, branch established on 1937/06/28. Info updated 2007/07/18: Bank assets: $12,990.3 mil, Deposits: $10,863.8 mil, headquarters in Tupelo, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 271 total offices, Holding Company: Bancorpsouth, Inc.
  • The First, A National Banking Association: Laurel Branch at 1945 Highway 15 North, branch established on 1999/01/19. Info updated 2011/10/07: Bank assets: $679.9 mil, Deposits: $567.3 mil, headquarters in Hattiesburg, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 20 total offices, Holding Company: First Bancshares, Inc., The
  • Community Bank of Mississippi: Laurel Mortgage Lpo at 909 North 16th Avenue, branch established on 2011/05/13. Info updated 2010/04/06: Bank assets: $639.2 mil, Deposits: $566.3 mil, headquarters in Forest, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 13 total offices, Holding Company: Community Bancshares Of Mississippi, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • Magnolia State Bank: Laurel Branch at 3220 Highway 15 North, branch established on 2005/07/06. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $264.5 mil, Deposits: $236.3 mil, headquarters in Bay Springs, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 10 total offices, Holding Company: Magnolia State Corporation, The
  • Bank of Jones County: Bank Of Jones County at 1808 Highway 84 West, branch established on 1998/09/21. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $224.0 mil, Deposits: $195.6 mil, local headquarters, positive income, 2 total offices, Holding Company: Jones County Bancshares, Inc.
  • The Citizens National Bank of Meridian: Laurel Branch at 1127 Highway 15 North, branch established on 1985/08/28. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $1,115.7 mil, Deposits: $932.3 mil, headquarters in Meridian, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 29 total offices, Holding Company: Citizens National Banc Corp.

For population 15 years and over in Laurel:

Marital status in Laurel, MS
  • Never married: 38.3%
  • Now married: 31.8%
  • Separated: 4.8%
  • Widowed: 10.5%
  • Divorced: 14.6%

For population 25 years and over in Laurel:

  • High school or higher: 77.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 19.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.4%
  • Unemployed: 7.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.5 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.2
Mississippi average:

11.6

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Laurel
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Laurel, MS (based on Jones County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant35,353122
Mainline Protestant3,81126
Black Protestant2,72811
Catholic1,3501
Other4273
None24,092-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 16
Here:

2.40 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.08 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Jones County:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

0.24 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Jones County:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

0.80 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 42
This county:

6.30 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.36 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 19
Here:

2.85 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.03 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Jones County:

13.4%
Mississippi:

12.3%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

34.6%
State:

33.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Jones County:

14.0%
Mississippi:

14.4%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

47.8%
State:

48.6%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Laurel:

43.7%
Mississippi:

45.3%

Average BMI:
Laurel:

29.4
State:

29.2

People feeling badly about themselves:
Laurel:

20.5%
Mississippi:

20.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

13.0%
State:

11.3%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.7
Mississippi:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

34.7%
Mississippi:

34.6%

General health condition:
Here:

52.3%
Mississippi:

54.8%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

79.3%
Mississippi:

79.9%

More about Health and Nutrition of Laurel, MS Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2016)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Firefighters 64$203,686$38,1910$0
Police Protection - Officers 55$196,446$42,8612$1,304
Parks and Recreation 35$79,654$27,3106$3,025
Solid Waste Management 26$60,297$27,8290$0
Other and Unallocable 20$59,910$35,9460$0
Police - Other 17$34,738$24,5218$1,248
Streets and Highways 15$32,968$26,3740$0
Other Government Administration 11$38,522$42,0249$12,097
Natural Resources 11$24,733$26,9810$0
Judicial and Legal 7$19,178$32,8772$4,708
Financial Administration 5$18,987$45,5690$0
Welfare 4$9,669$29,0070$0
Water Supply 2$5,122$30,7320$0
Fire - Other 1$2,550$30,6000$0
Housing and Community Development (Local) 0$0 0$0
Health 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 273$786,460$34,57027$22,382

Laurel government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Construction - Sewerage: $3,158,000 ($170.77)
    Regular Highways: $1,500,000 ($81.11)
    Water Utilities: $523,000 ($28.28)
    Parks and Recreation: $407,000 ($22.01)
    Police Protection: $375,000 ($20.28)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $139,000 ($7.52)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $4,443,000 ($240.25)
    Local Fire Protection: $4,184,000 ($226.25)
    Water Utilities: $2,960,000 ($160.06)
    Sewerage: $2,815,000 ($152.22)
    Parks and Recreation: $2,318,000 ($125.34)
    Regular Highways: $2,318,000 ($125.34)
    General - Other: $1,730,000 ($93.55)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,679,000 ($90.79)
    Central Staff Services: $1,163,000 ($62.89)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $394,000 ($21.31)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $385,000 ($20.82)
    Financial Administration: $377,000 ($20.39)
    Health - Other: $361,000 ($19.52)
    General Public Buildings: $239,000 ($12.92)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $269,000 ($14.55)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Police Protection: $465,000 ($25.14)
    Other - Libraries: $100,000 ($5.41)
    Other - General - Other: $90,000 ($4.87)
    Other - Financial Administration: $14,000 ($0.76)
    Other - Natural Resources - Other: $7,000 ($0.38)
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $437,000 ($23.63)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $137,000 ($7.41)

Laurel government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $5,813,000 ($314.34)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,520,000 ($82.19)
    Parks and Recreation: $267,000 ($14.44)
    Other: $22,000 ($1.19)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $146,000 ($7.89)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $253,000 ($13.68)
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $1,386,000 ($74.95)
    General Revenue - Other: $636,000 ($34.39)
    Interest Earnings: $309,000 ($16.71)
    Donations From Private Sources: $121,000 ($6.54)
    Royalties: $89,000 ($4.81)
    Rents: $20,000 ($1.08)
    Sale of Property: $1,000 ($0.05)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $4,838,000 ($261.61)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $10,170,000 ($549.94)
    Highways: $1,453,000 ($78.57)
    Other: $993,000 ($53.70)
  • Tax - Property: $4,982,000 ($269.40)
    Public Utilities Sales: $1,884,000 ($101.88)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $207,000 ($11.19)
    Other License: $27,000 ($1.46)
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $18,000 ($0.97)

Laurel government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $37,607,000 ($2033.58)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $37,219,000 ($2012.60)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,692,000 ($199.64)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,305,000 ($178.72)
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $600,000 ($32.44)
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $450,000 ($24.33)
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $150,000 ($8.11)

Laurel government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $3,097,000 ($167.47)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $8,679,000 ($469.31)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,986,000 ($107.39)

5.07% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($35,120 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.07%
Mississippi average:

6.54%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Jasper County, MS  0.74% ($28,280 average AGI)
from Forrest County, MS  0.67% ($36,428)
from Wayne County, MS  0.37% ($26,405)


5.62% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($36,383 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.62%
Mississippi average:

6.87%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Jasper County, MS  0.80% ($31,727 average AGI)
to Forrest County, MS  0.70% ($35,275)
to Wayne County, MS  0.39% ($31,711)
Businesses in Laurel, MS
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1La-Z-Boy1
Advance Auto Parts2Lowe's1
Applebee's1McDonald's2
Arby's1New Balance1
AutoZone1Nike2
Bath & Body Works1Nissan1
Best Western1Office Depot1
Blockbuster1Papa John's Pizza1
Buffalo Wild Wings1Payless2
Burger King2Pizza Hut2
CVS1Popeyes2
Chevrolet1Quiznos1
Chick-Fil-A1RadioShack1
Church's Chicken1Rodeway Inn1
Circle K1Rue211
Comfort Suites1Ryan's Grill1
Curves1SONIC Drive-In1
Domino's Pizza1Sears1
Econo Lodge1Subway5
FedEx7Super 81
Foot Locker1T-Mobile2
Ford1Taco Bell1
GNC1Toyota1
H&R Block1U-Haul3
Hardee's3UPS7
Hilton1Vans1
Holiday Inn1Verizon Wireless1
JCPenney1Waffle House1
KFC2Walgreens1
Kroger1Walmart1

Strongest AM radio stations in Laurel:

  • WAML (1340 AM; 1 kW; LAUREL, MS; Owner: PINE BELT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WEEZ (890 AM; daytime; 10 kW; LAUREL, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WSJC (810 AM; 50 kW; MAGEE, MS; Owner: FAMILY TALK RADIO)
  • WJNT (1180 AM; 50 kW; PEARL, MS; Owner: BUCHANAN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WBKH (950 AM; 5 kW; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: SOUTHERN AIR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WIZK (1570 AM; daytime; 3 kW; BAY SPRINGS, MS; Owner: M. JEROME HUGHEY)
  • WQST (850 AM; daytime; 10 kW; FOREST, MS; Owner: ACE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WOMN (1110 AM; daytime; 30 kW; FRANKLINTON, LA; Owner: PITTMAN BROADCASTING SERVICES, LLC.)
  • WASG (550 AM; 25 kW; ATMORE, AL; Owner: 550 AM, INC)
  • WMOX (1010 AM; 10 kW; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MAGNOLIA STATE B/C CO., INC.)
  • WWL (870 AM; 50 kW; NEW ORLEANS, LA; Owner: ENTERCOM NEW ORLEANS LICENSE, LLC)
  • WLNO (1060 AM; 50 kW; NEW ORLEANS, LA; Owner: COMMUNICOM CO. OF LOUISIANA, L.P.)
  • WJOX (690 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)

Strongest FM radio stations in Laurel:

  • WNSL (100.3 FM; LAUREL, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WJKX (102.5 FM; ELLISVILLE, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WATP (90.7 FM; LAUREL, MS; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • WUSW (103.7 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • W218AY (91.5 FM; LAUREL, MS; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WMXI (98.1 FM; LAUREL, MS; Owner: RAINEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WXRR (104.5 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: BLAKENEY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WHER (99.3 FM; HEIDELBERG, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WBBN (95.9 FM; TAYLORSVILLE, MS; Owner: BLAKENEY COMMUNICATIONS, INC)
  • WKZW (94.3 FM; SANDERSVILLE, MS; Owner: BLAKENEY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WMAW-FM (88.1 FM; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MISSISSIPPI AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TV)
  • WQST-FM (92.5 FM; FOREST, MS; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC.)
  • WZLD (106.3 FM; PETAL, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WKNZ (107.1 FM; COLLINS, MS; Owner: RADIO BROADCASTERS, L.L.C.)
  • WXHB (96.5 FM; RICHTON, MS; Owner: RADIO BROADCASTERS, L.L.C.)

TV broadcast stations around Laurel:

  • W69DJ (Channel 69; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WDAM-TV (Channel 7; LAUREL, MS; Owner: WDAM LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, INC.)
  • WHLT (Channel 22; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WMAW-TV (Channel 14; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MISSISSIPPI AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TV)
  • W36CU (Channel 36; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W46CL (Channel 46; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W52DE (Channel 52; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W65DE (Channel 65; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W52CS (Channel 52; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W59DE (Channel 59; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)

Medal of Honor Recipients

Medal of Honor Recipient born in Laurel: James D. Slaton.

Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Laurel fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 99Number of bridges
  • 1,601ft / 488mTotal length
  • $12,407,149,000Total costs
  • 731,770Total average daily traffic
  • 103,314Total average daily truck traffic
  • 662,498Total future (year 2034) average daily traffic
New bridges in Laurel, MS - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11920-1929
  • 11930-1939
  • 11940-1949
  • 121950-1959
  • 281960-1969
  • 131970-1979
  • 151980-1989
  • 161990-1999
  • 92000-2009
  • 32010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Laurel, MS
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Laurel)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 320 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Laurel, MS)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 10 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 37 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 38 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 143 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Laurel)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 36 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Laurel)

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 558. The highest number of fire incidents - 935 took place in 2010, and the least - 195 in 2002. The data has a growing trend.
    Fire incident types in Laurel, MS When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Outside Fires (46.6%), and Structure Fires (37.3%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Laurel, MS
    • 4,42046.6%Outside Fires
    • 3,54537.3%Structure Fires
    • 1,06811.3%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 4594.8%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Laurel, MS

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Laurel, Mississippi:

  • Best Western Laurel Inn, 309 S 16th Ave, Laurel, Mississippi 39440 , Phone: (601) 425-4455, Fax: (601) 425-4485
  • Hampton Inn & Suites, 1509 Jefferson St, Laurel, Mississippi 39440 , Phone: (601) 399-0659, Fax: (601) 399-0675
  • Ramada Laurel Conference Center, 1105, Laurel, Mississippi 39440 , Phone: (601) 651-2269, Fax: (601) 651-2604
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 2008 Jefferson St, Laurel, Mississippi 39440 , Phone: (601) 425-1804
All 4 fire-safe hotels and motels in Laurel, Mississippi
Most common first names in Laurel, MS among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James45170.2 years
William39172.3 years
John35473.2 years
Mary34277.4 years
Willie22272.5 years
Robert22070.1 years
George17173.2 years
Charles16968.2 years
Annie15678.2 years
Thomas13672.5 years
Most common last names in Laurel, MS among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith26375.6 years
Jones26074.2 years
Walters20376.0 years
Johnson18275.2 years
Holifield16176.2 years
Williams14574.5 years
Davis13973.4 years
Parker11173.4 years
Brown10470.7 years
Cooley9667.9 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Laurel, MS
  • 56.8%Utility gas
  • 39.8%Electricity
  • 3.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.2%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Laurel, MS
  • 62.4%Electricity
  • 37.6%Utility gas


Laurel compared to Mississippi state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.

Laurel on our top lists:

  • #31 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: production occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #36 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most full-time firefighters per 1000 residents (population 5,000+)"
  • #43 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most full-time park and recreation workers per 1000 residents (population 5,000+)"
  • #62 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: production occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #67 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: manufacturing (population 5,000+)"
  • #73 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest percentage of workers working at home, population 5,000+"
  • #79 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest household incomes disparities (population 5,000+)"
  • #99 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest house values disparities (population 5,000+)"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
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