Laurel, MS

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
83,472
0.368% 1-year decline
US Senator
Roger Wicker
Republican Party
US Senator
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
38.6
0.521% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
20.5%
3.85% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$48,389
12.6% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$118,000
18.2% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
34,405
0.664% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Laurel, MS had a population of 83.5k people with a median age of 38.6 and a median household income of $48,389. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Laurel, MS declined from 83,780 to 83,472, a −0.368% decrease and its median household income grew from $42,988 to $48,389, a 12.6% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Laurel, MS are White (Non-Hispanic) (60.3%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (33.8%), White (Hispanic) (1.82%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.34%), and Other (Hispanic) (0.985%).

None of the households in Laurel, MS reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.5% of the residents in Laurel, MS are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Laurel, MS are Jones County Junior College (1,118 degrees awarded in 2022), Hatfield's Mississippi College of Beauty Culture (39 degrees), and Southeastern Baptist College (14 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Laurel, MS was $118,000, and the homeownership rate was 76.7%.

Most people in Laurel, MS drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 27 minutes. The average car ownership in Laurel, MS was 2 cars per household.

Laurel, MS borders Hattiesburg, MS and Meridian, MS.

Population & Diversity

Laurel, MS is home to a population of 83.5k people, from which 98.5% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.98% of Laurel, MS residents were born outside of the country (1.65k people).

In 2022, there were 1.78 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (50.3k people) in Laurel, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 28.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.52k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.5%
2022 Citizenship
98.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.5% of Laurel, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Laurel, MS was 98.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Laurel, MS
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    50.3k ± 99
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    28.2k ± 468
  3. White (Hispanic)
    1.52k ± 500
3.95%
Hispanic Population
3.3k people

In 2022, there were 1.78 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (50.3k people) in Laurel, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 28.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.52k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.95% of the people in Laurel, MS are hispanic (3.3k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Laurel, MS as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    16,383 ± 3,134 people
  2. India
    5,084 ± 1,749 people
  3. Guatemala
    3,926 ± 1,537 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Mississippi was Mexico, the natal country of 16,383 Mississippi residents, followed by India with 5,084 and Guatemala with 3,926.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.98%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
1.65k people
1.88%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.58k people

As of 2022, 1.98% of Laurel, MS residents (1.65k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Laurel, MS was 1.88%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,192 ± 242
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    855 ± 292
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    641 ± 221

Laurel, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.39 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Laurel, MS employs 34.4k people. The largest industries in Laurel, MS are Manufacturing (6,022 people), Retail Trade (4,706 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (4,672 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($83,864), Utilities ($69,250), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($58,460).

Males in Mississippi have an average income that is 1.39 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,477. The income inequality in Mississippi (measured using the Gini index) is 0.452, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

34.4k
2022 Value
± 1,704
0.664%
1 Year growth
± 7.16%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Laurel, MS grew at a rate of 0.664%, from 34.2k employees to 34.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Laurel, MS, are Production Occupations (3,885 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,825 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,179 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Laurel, MS.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

34.4k
2022 Value
± 1,704
0.664%
1 Year growth
± 7.16%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Laurel, MS grew at a rate of 0.664%, from 34.2k employees to 34.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Laurel, MS, are Manufacturing (6,022 people), Retail Trade (4,706 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (4,672 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Laurel, MS, though some of these residents may live in Laurel, MS and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$41,751
Median earning men ± $1,665
$27,010
Median earning women ± $2,102

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($69,439), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($58,680), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($48,542).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($55,096), Information ($37,250), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($36,602).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.38%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.17M people employed in Mississippi. This represents a 1.38% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 12.5%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Mississippi.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 423
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  2. 400
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. 347
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Mississippi went to Donald J. Trump with 57.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (41.1%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.611%).

Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith are the senators currently representing the state of Mississippi. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Mississippi is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Mississippi

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Roger Wicker
Senator from Mississippi1
Assumed office on December 31, 2007
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Trent Lott.
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Senator from Mississippi2
Assumed office on April 9, 2018
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Thad Cochran.

Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith are the senators currently representing Mississippi.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Mississippi

Mississippi is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Mississippi have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Laurel, MS awarded 1,171 degrees. The student population of Laurel, MS in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,743 male students and 2,808 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Laurel, MS are White (782 and 66.8%), followed by Black or African American (350 and 29.9%), Two or More Races (15 and 1.28%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (11 and 0.939%).

The largest universities in Laurel, MS by number of degrees awarded are Jones County Junior College (1,118 and 95.5%), Hatfield's Mississippi College of Beauty Culture (39 and 3.33%), and Southeastern Baptist College (14 and 1.2%).

The most popular majors in Laurel, MS are Liberal Arts & Sciences (491 and 41.9%), Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (66 and 5.64%), and Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor (64 and 5.47%).

The median tuition cost in Laurel, MS for private four year colleges is $6,000.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

Measure

In 2020 in Laurel, MS, the percentage of applicants admitted was 56.1%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 78.3%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 4,551 (38.3% men and 61.7% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 4,551 students enrolled in Laurel, MS, 38.3% men and 61.7% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 2,827 records, of which 60.1% were women and 39.9% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 58 degrees awarded
  2. 16 degrees awarded
  3. 491 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Laurel, MS was Registered Nursing with 58 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Laurel, MS according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,118 degrees awarded
  2. 39 degrees awarded
  3. 14 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Jones County Junior College with 1,118 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 490 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Laurel, MS, which is 0.72 times less than the 681 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 782 degrees mean that there were 2.23 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 350 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($6,000) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($275) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($900) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.04% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.852% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (690k), Some college (543k), and Secondary Education (397k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Laurel, MS was $118,000 in 2022, which is 0.419 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $99,800 to $118,000, a 18.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Laurel, MS is 76.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Laurel, MS have an average commute time of 27 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Laurel, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Laurel, MS is $48,389. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Laurel, MS was DeSoto County, MS with a value of $79,666, followed by Madison County, MS and Rankin County, MS, with respective values of $79,105 and $76,460.

Property

$118,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$7,341
$23,593
Median Property Taxes
±$1,268

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Laurel, MS the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

76.7%
Homeownership
2022
68.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 76.7% of the housing units in Laurel, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 76.7%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Laurel, MS was DeSoto County, MS with a value of $79,666, followed by Madison County, MS and Rankin County, MS, with respective values of $79,105 and $76,460.

The following map shows all of the counties in Laurel, MS colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$48,389
Median Household Income
± $2,529
30.8k
Number of Households
± 1,563

In 2022, the median household income of the 30.8k households in Laurel, MS grew to $48,389 from the previous year's value of $42,988.

The following chart displays the households in Laurel, MS distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Laurel, MS is from Mississippi.
0.452
2022 Wage GINI in Mississippi
0.45
2021 Wage GINI in Mississippi

In 2022, the income inequality in Mississippi was 0.452 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.553% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Mississippi was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Mississippi in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (85.9%)
  2. Carpooled (9.19%)
  3. Worked At Home (2.08%)

In 2022, 85.9% of workers in Laurel, MS drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.19%) and those who worked at home (2.08%).

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Commute Time

27 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Laurel, MS have a longer commute time (27 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 5.18% of the workforce in Laurel, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Laurel, MS distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Laurel, MS have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

20.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Laurel, MS (16.7k out of 81.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Laurel, MS is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

88.9% of the population of Laurel, MS has health coverage, with 40.6% on employee plans, 21.5% on Medicaid, 14.1% on Medicare, 11.3% on non-group plans, and 1.46% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Mississippi see 1860 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.59% decrease from the previous year (1890 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2031 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 543 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,860 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Mississippi

Primary care physicians in Mississippi see an average of 1,860 patients per year. This represents a 1.59% decrease from the previous year (1,890 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Mississippi in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 26.2% under 18 years, 19.1% between 18 and 34 years, 37% between 35 and 64 years, and 17.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.7% were men and 51.3% were women.

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Uninsured People

11.1%
Uninsured
40.6%
Employer Coverage
21.5%
Medicaid
14.1%
Medicare
11.3%
Non-Group
1.46%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Laurel, MS declined by 1.08% from 11.2% to 11.1%.

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