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Population (year 2000): 18,393. Estimated population in July 2005: 18,298 (-0.5% change)
Males: 8,492 (46.2%), Females: 9,901 (53.8%)

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Median resident age: 34.7 years
Median household income: $24,988 (year 2000)
Median house value: $51,600 (year 2000)

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Races in Laurel:

  • Black (55.1%)
  • White Non-Hispanic (40.3%)
  • Hispanic (3.9%)
  • Other race (3.2%)
  • Two or more races (0.7%)

Ancestries: United States (8.8%), English (5.3%), Irish (4.1%), German (2.2%), Scotch-Irish (2.1%), Scottish (1.3%).

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Elevation: 264 feet

Land area: 15.4 square miles

Laurel,

For population 25 years and over in Laurel

  • High school or higher: 72.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 17.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.1%
  • Unemployed: 7.4%
  • Mean travel time to work: 17.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Laurel city

  • Never married: 33.8%
  • Now married: 41.5%
  • Separated: 4.1%
  • Widowed: 9.6%
  • Divorced: 11.0%

4.1% Foreign born (3.5% Latin America, 0.5% Europe).

Population change in the 1990s: -1,208 (-6.2%).




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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: MS Jackson, (84.9 miles pop. 184,256).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Orleans, LA New (135.0 miles pop. 484,674).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: TX Houston, (449.4 miles pop. 1,953,631).

Nearest cities: MS (7.9 miles Ellisville, MS (9.4 miles Sandersville, MS (10.1 miles Soso, MS (16.8 miles Heidelberg, Springs, MS (21.6 miles Bay MS (22.0 miles Taylorsville, MS (25.5 miles Petal, MS (26.3 miles Seminary,


Single-family new house construction building permits:
  • 1996: 15 buildings, average cost: $109,100
  • 1997: 11 buildings, average cost: $168,600
  • 1998: 10 buildings, average cost: $139,900
  • 1999: 46 buildings, average cost: $57,000
  • 2000: 11 buildings, average cost: $219,900
  • 2001: 12 buildings, average cost: $87,600
  • 2002: 23 buildings, average cost: $142,700
  • 2003: 22 buildings, average cost: $137,800
  • 2004: 25 buildings, average cost: $175,300
  • 2005: 21 buildings, average cost: $153,400

Latitude: 31.70 N, Longitude: 89.14 W

Area code: 601


Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (31.7%), Educational,health and social services (24.4%).

Daytime population change due to commuting: +11,959 (+65.0%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 4,936 (72.8%)


 

Crime in Laurel by Year

Type 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Murders 1 2 2 1 5 7
    per 100,000 5.4 10.9 10.9 5.4 27.2 38.1
Rapes 18 14 18 10 30 15
    per 100,000 97.9 76.1 97.9 54.4 163.1 81.6
Robberies 45 72 48 63 47 41
    per 100,000 244.7 391.5 261.0 342.5 255.5 222.9
Assaults 70 66 141 90 37 42
    per 100,000 380.6 358.8 766.6 489.3 201.2 228.3
Burglaries 319 283 273 271 265 225
    per 100,000 1734.4 1538.6 1484.3 1473.4 1440.8 1223.3
Thefts 1,184 1,562 1,457 1,424 1,403 1,714
    per 100,000 6437.2 8492.4 7921.5 7742.1 7627.9 9318.8
Auto thefts 84 89 73 61 22 64
    per 100,000 456.7 483.9 396.9 331.6 119.6 348.0
609.5 716.6 734.1 667.2 624.9 669.4


Average climate in Laurel, Mississippi

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Laurel,

Laurel-area historical tornado activity is near Mississippi state average. It is 148% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 2/28/1987, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 15.6 miles away from the Laurel city center killed 6 people and injured 350 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 1/9/1972, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 2.1 miles away from the city center injured 12 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.


Birthplace of: Clinton Portis - 2005 NFL player (Washington Redskins, born: Sep 1, 1981), Jason Campbell - 2005 NFL player (Washington Redskins, born: Dec 31, 1981), Jermaine Van Buren - 2005 Major League Baseball player (Chicago Cubs, born: Jul 2, 1980).


Main business address for: SANDERSON FARMS INC (POULTRY SLAUGHTERING AND PROCESSING).


Hospital/medical center in Laurel:
  • SOUTH CENTRAL REG MED CTR (1220 JEFFERSON ST BOX 607)
Other hospitals/medical centers near Laurel:
  • JASPER GENERAL HOSPITAL (about 21 miles; BAY SPRINGS, MS)
  • COVINGTON COUNTY HOSPITAL (about 30 miles; COLLINS, MS)
  • PERRY COUNTY GENERAL HOSP (about 31 miles; RICHTON, MS)

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Laurel:
  • HATTIESBURG-LAUREL REGIONAL (about 21 miles; HATTIESBURG/LAUREL, MS; ID: PIB)
  • KEY FIELD (about 51 miles; MERIDIAN, MS; ID: MEI)
  • JACKSON INTERNATIONAL (about 77 miles; JACKSON, MS; ID: JAN)
Other public-use airports nearest to Laurel:
  • HESLER-NOBLE FIELD (about 3 miles; LAUREL, MS; ID: LUL)
  • THIGPEN FIELD (about 19 miles; BAY SPRINGS, MS; ID: 00M)
  • RICHTON-PERRY COUNTY (about 30 miles; RICHTON, MS; ID: M59)

Amtrak station:
LAUREL (230 N. MAPLE ST.). Services: enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Local government website:

Local government employment and payroll (March 2004)

Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Firefighters 57 $151,128 $31,816 0 $0
Police - Other 14 $24,420 $20,931 7 $112
Judicial and Legal 6 $9,958 $19,916 0 $0
Other Government Administration 14 $33,194 $28,452 7 $669
Financial Administration 8 $20,000 $30,000 0 $0
Streets and Highways 37 $68,458 $22,202 0 $0
Police Protection - Officers 54 $153,644 $34,143 0 $0
Fire - Other 1 $1,806 $21,672 0 $0
Other and Unallocable 12 $14,296 $14,296 3 $538
Water Supply 15 $35,242 $28,193 1 $352
Parks and Recreation 24 $69,296 $34,648 7 $842
Solid Waste Management 20 $30,994 $18,596 0 $0
Health 4 $5,296 $15,888 0 $0
Welfare 1 $2,050 $24,600 0 $0
Totals for Government 267 $619,782 $27,855 25 $2,513


Colleges/Universities in Laurel:
  • MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE OF BEAUTY CULTURE (Full-time enrollment: 40; Location: 732 SAWMILL RD; Private, for-profit)
  • SOUTHEASTERN BAPTIST COLLEGE (FT enrollment: 9; Location: 4229 HWY 15 N; Private, not-for-profit)
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Laurel:
  • JONES COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE (about 10 miles; ELLISVILLE, MS; Full-time enrollment: 4,072)
  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (about 38 miles; HATTIESBURG, MS; FT enrollment: 12,541)
  • MERIDIAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 53 miles; MERIDIAN, MS; FT enrollment: 2,455)
  • PEARL RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 68 miles; POPLARVILLE, MS; FT enrollment: 2,433)
  • MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 68 miles; PERKINSTON, MS; FT enrollment: 6,329)
  • JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY (about 85 miles; JACKSON, MS; FT enrollment: 5,955)
  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA (about 96 miles; MOBILE, AL; FT enrollment: 9,082)
Public high schools in Laurel:
  • WEST JONES HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,376; Location: 254 SPRINGHILL ROAD; Grades: 07 - 12)
  • NORTHEAST JONES HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,056; Location: 68 NORTHEAST DRIVE; Grades: 07 - 12)
  • LAUREL HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 716; Location: 1100 W 12TH STREET; Grades: 09 - 12)
  • A P FATHEREE VOC TECH SCHOOL (Location: 2409 MOOSE DRIVE; Grades: 07 - 12)
Biggest public primary/middle schools in Laurel:
  • WEST JONES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 871; Location: 5652 HIGHWAY 84 WEST; Grades: KG - 06)
  • EAST JONES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 851; Location: 108 NORTHEAST DRIVE; Grades: KG - 06)
  • OAK PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 650; Location: 1205 QUEENSBURG AVENUE; Grades: KG - 06)
  • SHADY GROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 579; Location: 4524 HIGHWAY 15 NORTH; Grades: KG - 06)
  • STEWART JONES MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 539; Location: 1125 N FIFTH AVENUE; Grades: 07 - 08)
  • MASON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 476; Location: 2726 OLD BAY SPRINGS ROAD; Grades: KG - 06)
  • GLADE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 473; Location: 990 HIGHWAY 15 SOUTH; Grades: KG - 06)
  • NORA DAVIS MAGNET SCHOOL (Students: 407; Location: 1305 MARTIN LUTHER KING DRIVE; Grades: PK - 06)
  • STAINTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 349; Location: 795 S 19TH AVENUE; Grades: KG - 06)
  • SHARON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 256; Location: 4356 SHARON ROAD; Grades: KG - 06)
Private primary/middle schools in Laurel:
  • PRESBYTERIAN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 222; Location: P.O. BOX 8425; Grades: PK - 8)
  • ST JOHNS DAY SCHOOL (Students: 132; Location: 520 N 5TH AVE; Grades: KG - 6)
  • IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SCHOOL (Students: 102; Location: 835 WEST SIXTH STREET; Grades: PK - 6)
Library in Laurel:
  • LAUREL-JONES COUNTY LIBRARY (Operating income: $497,009; Location: 530 COMMERCE STREET; 113,762 books; 1,837 audio materials; 2,291 video materials; 150 serial subscriptions)

Notable locations in Laurel: Dixie Golf Club (A), Laurel Airport Industrial Park (B), Laurel Country Club (C), Jones County Courthouse (D), Laurel-Jones County Library (E), Rogers Library and Museum (F).

Shopping Centers: North Laurel Shopping Center (1), Northview Village Shopping Center (2), Northwood Shopping Center (3), Parkside Plaza Shopping Center (4), Pine Tree Village Shopping Center (5), Sawmill Square Mall Shopping Center (6), Gardiner Center Shopping Center (7).

Churches in Laurel include: Saint Luke Missionary Baptist Church (A), Saint John Episcopal Church (B), Saint Elmo Baptist Church (C), Magnolia Baptist Church (D), Calvary Baptist Church (E), Queens Chapel Baptist Church (F), Providence Baptist Church (G), Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church (H).

Cemeteries: Pilgrims Rest Cemetery (1), Laurel Cemetery (2), Palestine Cemetery (3), Windham Cemetery (4).

Creek: Horse Creek (A).

Parks in Laurel include: Seventh Avenue Park (1), Watkins Stadium (2), Trinity Playground (3), Gardiner Park (4), Daphne Park (5), Cotton Mill Park (6), Mason Memorial Park (7), Beacon Park (8).


Laurel compared to Mississippi state average:
  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly above state average.

Strongest AM radio stations in Laurel:
  • WAML (1340 AM; 1 kW; LAUREL, MS; Owner: PINE BELT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WEEZ (890 AM; daytime; 10 kW; LAUREL, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WSJC (810 AM; 50 kW; MAGEE, MS; Owner: FAMILY TALK RADIO)
  • WBKH (950 AM; 5 kW; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: SOUTHERN AIR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WJNT (1180 AM; 50 kW; PEARL, MS; Owner: BUCHANAN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WQST (850 AM; daytime; 10 kW; FOREST, MS; Owner: ACE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WIZK (1570 AM; daytime; 3 kW; BAY SPRINGS, MS; Owner: M. JEROME HUGHEY)
  • WOMN (1110 AM; daytime; 30 kW; FRANKLINTON, LA; Owner: PITTMAN BROADCASTING SERVICES, LLC.)
  • WASG (550 AM; 25 kW; ATMORE, AL; Owner: 550 AM, INC)
  • WMOX (1010 AM; 10 kW; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MAGNOLIA STATE B/C CO., INC.)
  • WWL (870 AM; 50 kW; NEW ORLEANS, LA; Owner: ENTERCOM NEW ORLEANS LICENSE, LLC)
  • WLNO (1060 AM; 50 kW; NEW ORLEANS, LA; Owner: COMMUNICOM CO. OF LOUISIANA, L.P.)
  • WCPC (940 AM; 50 kW; HOUSTON, MS; Owner: WCPC BROADCASTING CO., INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Laurel:
  • WNSL (100.3 FM; LAUREL, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WJKX (102.5 FM; ELLISVILLE, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WATP (90.7 FM; LAUREL, MS; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • WUSW (103.7 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • W218AY (91.5 FM; LAUREL, MS; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WMXI (98.1 FM; LAUREL, MS; Owner: RAINEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WXRR (104.5 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: BLAKENEY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WHER (99.3 FM; HEIDELBERG, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMAW-FM (88.1 FM; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MISSISSIPPI AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TV)
  • WKZW (94.3 FM; SANDERSVILLE, MS; Owner: BLAKENEY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WBBN (95.9 FM; TAYLORSVILLE, MS; Owner: BLAKENEY COMMUNICATIONS, INC)
  • WZLD (106.3 FM; PETAL, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WQST-FM (92.5 FM; FOREST, MS; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC.)
  • WKNZ (107.1 FM; COLLINS, MS; Owner: RADIO BROADCASTERS, L.L.C.)

TV broadcast stations around Laurel:
  • W69DJ (Channel 69; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WDAM-TV (Channel 7; LAUREL, MS; Owner: WDAM LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, INC.)
  • WHLT (Channel 22; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WMAW-TV (Channel 14; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MISSISSIPPI AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TV)
  • W36CU (Channel 36; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W46CL (Channel 46; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W52DE (Channel 52; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W65DE (Channel 65; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W52CS (Channel 52; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W59DE (Channel 59; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)

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