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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population18,806
Male Share of the Population48.3%
Female Share of the Population51.7%
Senior Citizens15.3%
Employed Population 16+7,025
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married32.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19.2%
Median Earnings25+$22,070
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,203
Median Earnings With High School Degree$20,514

Wealth

Median Family Income$37,829
% Above Poverty Level68.7%
% Below Poverty Level31.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone33.1%
Median Gross Rent$549
Median House Value$75,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)71.9%
Irish3.7%
English3.4%
German2.7%
Scottish0.8%
African0.7%
Dutch0.5%
Polish0.4%
French Except Basque0.4%
Welsh0.3%
Swedish0.3%
Norwegian0.2%
Italian0.2%
Slovak0.1%
Greek0.1%
Arab0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Laurel Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jones County
Standard Zip Codes39440, 39443
P.O. Box Zip Codes39441, 39442
Phone Area Codes601
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude31.69
Approximate Longitude-89.14

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)

StationLAUREL
Distance1.1 miles
Jan Temp36 to 57 F
Apr Temp52 to 76 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp52 to 77 F
Annual Precip58.6 inches
StationWAYNESBORO 2 W
Distance27.3 miles
Jan Temp34 to 58 F
Apr Temp50 to 77 F
Jul Temp69 to 92 F
Oct Temp50 to 78 F
Annual Precip58 inches
StationRICHTON 3 SSE
Distance30.5 miles
Jan Temp35 to 59 F
Apr Temp50 to 77 F
Jul Temp69 to 92 F
Oct Temp50 to 79 F
Annual Precip59.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bay Springs1,613$42,404
Ellisville4,561$33,889
Heidelberg815$45,833
Sandersville850$61,023
Soso489$53,750
Taylorsville1,534$55,000

Laurel Public Libraries

Laurel-jones County Library System, Inc.
530 COMMERCE STREET
Laurel, Mississippi
(601) 428-4313

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Laurel Hospitals

South Central Regional Medical Center
(Government - Local)
1220 Jefferson Street
(601) 426-4500

Laurel Public Schools

Ap Fatheree Career & Tech Ed Center
2409 Moose Drive
ZIP: 39440
(601) 425-2378
High
Laurel Education Center
1100 West 12th Street
ZIP: 39440
(601) 649-5195
Other
Laurel High School
1100 W 12th Street
ZIP: 39440
(601) 649-4145
High
Total Enrollment 833
Laurel High School Voc Complex
1100 W 11th Street
ZIP: 39440
(601) 649-4144
High
Laurel Middle School
1600 Grandview Drive
ZIP: 39440
(601) 428-5312
Middle
Total Enrollment 663
Maddox Elementary School
600 South 16th Avenue
ZIP: 39440
(601) 428-1880
Primary
Total Enrollment 324
Mason Elementary School
2726 Old Bay Springs Road
ZIP: 39440
(601) 428-0393
Primary
Total Enrollment 511
Nora Davis Magnet School
1305 Martin Luther King Drive
ZIP: 39440
(601) 428-7782
Primary
Total Enrollment 374
Oak Park Elementary School
1205 Oak Park Avenue
ZIP: 39440
(601) 428-5046
Primary
Total Enrollment 564
Pine Belt Educational Center
923-b Sawmill Road
ZIP: 39440
(601) 649-8080
Other
East Jones Elementary School
108 Northeast Drive
ZIP: 39443
(601) 425-9799
Primary
Total Enrollment 862
Glade Elementary School
990 Highway 15 South
ZIP: 39443
(601) 428-4265
Primary
Total Enrollment 438
North Jones Elementary School
650 Trace Road
ZIP: 39443
(601) 426-6632
Primary
Total Enrollment 809
Northeast Jones High School
68 Northeast Drive
ZIP: 39443
(601) 425-2347
High
Total Enrollment 1094
West Jones Elementary School
5652 Highway 84 West
ZIP: 39443
(601) 763-4850
Primary
Total Enrollment 1074
West Jones High School
254 Springhill Road
ZIP: 39443
(601) 729-8144
High
Total Enrollment 1333

Laurel Private Schools

Laurel Christian School
2601 Audubon Dr
ZIP: 39440
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 455
St Johns Day School
520 N 5th Ave
ZIP: 39440
Elementary
Total Enrollment 111
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