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Overview

Introduction to Laurel, Mississippi

Laurel, Mississippi, in Jones county, is 74 miles SE of Jackson, Mississippi and 132 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Laurel History

Laurel was established in 1882. It was originally founded as a lumber town. The Eastman-Gardiner Mill was the first giant lumber mill of the area. In the early 1900s, the city was home to a number of lumber mills. Oil was discovered in Laurel in 1942. It is one of the county seats of Jones County.

Laurel and nearby Attractions

  • Lauren Rogers Museum of Art
  • Bear Creek Golf Club
  • North Laurel Shopping Center
  • Clarkco State Park
  • Rogers Library and Museum

Things To Do In Laurel

While staying in Laurel, one can visit the Seventh Avenue Park, Beacon Park, Gardiner Park, Mason Memorial Park, Daphne Park and Cotton Mill Park. The Dixie Golf Club and the Bear Creek Golf Club are ideal destinations for golfers. One can enjoy shopping at the Parkside Plaza Shopping Center, Northview Village Shopping Center, Gardiner Center Shopping Center, Pine Tree Village Shopping Center, North Laurel Shopping Center, Sawmill Square Mall Shopping Center and the Northwood Shopping Center.

Laurel Transportation

Jackson International is the nearest major airport.

Laurel Higher Education

Jones County Junior College is nearby. One can also attend the Meridian Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi.

People

Total Population 18,770
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 13.7%
Employed Population 16+ 6,856
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 33.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19%
Median Earnings25+ $22,223
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,657
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,791

Wealth

Median Family Income $34,839
% Above Poverty Level 71.3%
% Below Poverty Level 28.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.4%
Median Gross Rent $545
Median House Value $76,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 73.4%
US/American 0%
English 3.3%
Irish 3.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Laurel Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 74 miles SE of Jackson, Mississippi (center to center)
Nearest Large City 132 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Jones
Standard Zip Codes 39440, 39443
P.O. Box Zip Codes 39441, 39442
Phone Area Codes 601
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.693
Longitude -89.13

Laurel Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LAUREL
Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 57 F
Apr Temp 52 to 76 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 52 to 77 F
Annual Precip 58.6 inches
Station WAYNESBORO 2 W
Distance 27.3 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 58 F
Apr Temp 50 to 77 F
Jul Temp 69 to 92 F
Oct Temp 50 to 78 F
Annual Precip 58 inches
Station RICHTON 3 SSE
Distance 30.5 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 59 F
Apr Temp 50 to 77 F
Jul Temp 69 to 92 F
Oct Temp 50 to 79 F
Annual Precip 59.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Antioch (39440)

Calhoun (39440)

Cleo (39440)

Errata (39440)

Glade (39440)

Hoy (39440)

Lightsey (39440)

Limbert (39440)

Myrick (39440)

Pendorff (39440)

Pine Belt Reg (39440)

Pineview (39440)

Powers (39440)

Shady Grove (39440)

Strengthford (39440)

Tuckers Crossing (39440)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bay Springs 1,738 $40,968
Ellisville 4,566 $29,366
Heidelberg 702 $42,589
Sandersville 685 $55,833
Soso 472 $50,481
Taylorsville 1,348 $55,469

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Laurel Public Libraries

Library
Laurel-jones County Library
530 COMMERCE STREET
Laurel, Mississippi
(601) 428-4313
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Laurel Hospitals

SOUTH CENTRAL REG MED CTR
(Government - Local)
1220 JEFFERSON ST BOX 607
(601) 649-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Laurel High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

WEST JONES HIGH SCHOOL
254 SPRINGHILL ROAD
601-729-8144
Serves 1,376 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

NORTHEAST JONES HIGH SCHOOL
68 NORTHEAST DRIVE
601-425-2347
Serves 1,056 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

LAUREL HIGH SCHOOL
1100 W 12TH STREET
601-649-4145
Serves 716 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

LAUREL EDUCATION CENTER
600 SOUTH 16TH AVENUE
601-649-5195
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.

A P FATHEREE VOC TECH SCHOOL
2409 MOOSE DRIVE
601-425-2378
A Vocational School

PINE BELT EDUCATIONAL CENTER
923-B SAWMILL ROAD
601-649-8080
A Non-traditional School

LAUREL HIGH SCHOOL VOC COMPLEX
1100 W 11TH STREET
601-649-4144
A Vocational School

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