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Laurel, Maryland

Introduction to Laurel, Maryland

Located in Prince Georges county, Laurel, Maryland, is 10 miles NW of Bowie, Maryland (center to center) and 16 miles NE of Washington, District of Columbia. The city has a population of 19,960 residents.

Laurel History

The city of Laurel was formed by carving out lands from the fall zone (the meeting point of an upland region and a coastal plain) of the Patuxent River. The first white settler, Richard Snowden, arrived in this area in 1658. Since then, the Snowden family have owned the land around Laurel. In 1824, Nicholas Snowden set up a cotton mill, which expanded in 1835 with the formation of the Patuxent Cotton Manufacturing Company. Soon the territory evolved as an industrial town and became known as Laurel Factory. The city was officially incorporated on April 4, 1870. It was renamed Laurel on June 14, 1875. On August 29, 2005, the city adopted Laurel in Mississippi as a sister city in order to help it recover from the devastating damages caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Laurel and nearby Attractions

  • Montpelier Mansion
  • Laurel Museum
  • Cabin John Regional Park
  • Laurel Golf Center
  • Anacostia Park

Things To Do In Laurel

The Laurel Museum is filled with information about the city's history. The historic Montpelier Mansion is nearby. The Laurel Golf Center, Gunpowder Golf Club, and Patuxent Greens Country Club are the closets golf courses in the area. Laurel Park, Anacostia Park, and Cabin John Regional Park provide various recreational opportunities. In addition, the city hosts a number of festivals such as the Herb, Arts and Tea Festival in May, and the Riverfest in October.

Laurel Transportation

Baltimore-Washington International Airport is the closest airport to the city.

Laurel Higher Education

Higher education is available at The Capitol College, Howard Community College, and Bowie State University.

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High Points

Laurel strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Maryland):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Laurel Well-Paid Single Women
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Laurel Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Laurel Well-Paid Single Men
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Laurel Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Laurel, Maryland

Comparing Laurel to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Maryland (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 10 9
Racial Diversity 10 9
Well-Paid Single Men 10 9
Male Share of the Population 6 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 5
Female Share of the Population 5 4
Age of the Population 3 3
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 2 2
Portion of People Married 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 8
People in Middle Class or Better 7 8
Median Family Income 7 7
People Above Poverty 7 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 7
Working at Home 4 3
Walking and Biking to Work 3 3
Short Commute Times 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
People Living Alone 10 10
Housing Recently Built 9 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 3
Affordability of Rents 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 3 3
Low Violent Crime 1 2

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Laurel Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles NW of Bowie, Maryland (center to center)
Nearest Large City 16 miles NE of Washington, District of Columbia
County Prince Georges
Standard Zip Codes 20707, 20708, 20723, 20724
P.O. Box Zip Codes 20709, 20725, 20726
Phone Area Codes 301
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.09
Longitude -76.84

Laurel Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station LAUREL 3 W
Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 42 F
Apr Temp 44 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 47 to 68 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches
Distance 4.6 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 42 F
Apr Temp 42 to 65 F
Jul Temp 67 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 43.7 inches
Distance 8.8 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 42 F
Apr Temp 39 to 65 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 68 F
Annual Precip 44.6 inches
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Laurel Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 19,960 100%
Male 9,631 48.3%
Female 10,329 51.7%
Under 18 4,401 22%
18+ 15,559 78%
65+ 1,343 6.7%
Median Age 33.6
Average Family Size 2.97
White 10,428 52.2%
African-American 6,887 34.5%
Asian 1,376 6.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 76 0.4%
Other 459 2.3%
Mixed Race 692 3.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,245 6.2%

Estimated Laurel Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 22,125
Growth 2,165
Growth % 10.8%

Laurel Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 44.9%
German 9.9%
Irish 7.7%
US/American 6.4%
English 5%
Italian 3.6%
Polish 2.1%
African 1.9%
French (except Basque) 1.9%
Scotch-Irish 1.4%
Nigerian 1.4%
Scottish 1.2%
Welsh 1%
Jamaican 1%
European 0.8%
French Canadian 0.8%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.7%
Dutch 0.7%
Norwegian 0.7%
Swedish 0.6%
British West Indian 0.5%
Lebanese 0.4%
Ghanian 0.4%
Russian 0.4%
Guyanese 0.3%
Sierra Leonean 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Egyptian 0.2%
West Indian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Haitian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Laurel, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Montpelier (20708, 20709)
Russett (20724)
Scaggsville (20723)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Laurel 19,960 $58,552
Berwyn Heights 2,942 $69,013
Bowie 50,269 $82,403
College Park 24,657 $62,759
Columbia 88,254 $83,753
Greenbelt 21,456 $55,671
Hyattsville 14,733 $51,625

Laurel Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(301) 725-4300
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Laurel

(As of 2005)
929 Washington Blvd
14100 Baltimore Ave
The Centre at Laurel
13600 Baltimore Avenue

Wal-mart in Laurel

(As of 2006)
3549 Russett Green East
(301) 604-0180
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Laurel High Schools (2004)

Serves 2,208 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

Laurel Colleges

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1. Greenbelt, Maryland 93.4   34.9% 6.7% 44.9% 34 $55,671 6.9% 60.3% 21,456 10.2% 62.6 0.3% 8
2. Smyrna, Georgia 92.6   38% 8.3% 40.3% 30 $53,821 6.9% 40.6% 40,999 8.9% 51.4 0.4% 5.1
3. Renton, Washington 88.9   34.2% 10.2% 27.8% 29 $55,747 7% 31.9% 50,052 9.7% 96 0.4% 4.9
4. Frederick, Maryland 86.1   30% 11.3% 29.9% 30 $56,778 7.5% 23% 52,767 7.4% 32.9 0.3% 11.4
5. Lakewood, Colorado 85.5   30.7% 12.1% 32.8% 27 $57,171 6.1% 12.8% 144,126 7.1% 53.6 0.3% 4.6
6. Takoma Park, Maryland 84.6   32.4% 8.8% 49.6% 34 $63,434 7.2% 51.2% 17,299 10.3% 40.3 0.3% 5.1
7. Bedford, Texas 84.1   31.5% 8.7% 35.2% 26 $71,017 5.9% 12.4% 47,152 3.7% 40.6 0.2% 4.2
8. Hyattsville, Maryland 84   30.5% 10.9% 26.6% 34 $51,625 6.9% 60.5% 14,733 10.9% 55.5 0.1% 6.4
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