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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 25,849
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 7.4%
Employed Population 16+ 14,008
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 39.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 41.8%
Median Earnings25+ $47,913
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,073
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,714

Wealth

Median Family Income $78,688
% Above Poverty Level 90.1%
% Below Poverty Level 9.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 35 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation 8.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,388
Median House Value $238,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 55.6%
US/American 0%
English 2.5%
Irish 5.7%

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

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

Notes:

  • 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
Station BELTSVILLE
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
Station GLENN DALE BELL STN
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Berwyn Heights 3,223 $108,795
Bowie 56,885 $120,240
College Park 31,730 $84,848
Columbia 103,055 $119,845
Greenbelt 23,827 $69,705
Hyattsville 18,225 $66,127

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

Laurel Hospitals

LAUREL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
7300 VAN DUSEN ROAD
(301) 725-4300
Emergency Service: Yes

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Laurel High Schools

LAUREL HIGH
8000 CHERRY LN
301-497-2050
Serves 2,208 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

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