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Laurel is a city in Jones County.

It is the county seat.

The latitude of Laurel is 31.693N. The longitude is -89.13W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 269 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 18,044.


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Median household income
Local
$24,988
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Laurel demographic reports
Laurel is in the Pine Belt
Early lumbering town; oil was discovered here in 1942

Masonite Corp. began here and is still a major employer

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 119. The number of murders and homicides was 5. The violent crime rate was 6.6 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Ralph Boston, track and field athlete, Olympic medallist
· Lance Bass, singer with "N Sync
· Leontyne Price, opera singer
Local festivals include:
  • South Mississippi Fair - Oct. 15-21, 2007
  • Main Street Festival - Nov. 3, 2007
Dates often change. Check Laurel web sites and events links in the sections below.
Colleges and universities: Southeastern Baptist College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Laurel demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Jones County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 39437 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

3% of Laurel residents report German ancestry, and 5% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Laurel ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Laurel was $15,561, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

17% of Laurel residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Laurel, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $263.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $640.


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Libraries in Laurel include Laurel-Jones County Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Laurel include Laurel Leader-Call

TV stations in Laurel include WDAM.

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Jones County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Laurel political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Laurel workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 8 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Laurel between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 4.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly higher than the national norm.

Travel

Hotels in Laurel include Comfort Suites Laurel, Econo Lodge Laurel, Holiday Inn Express, Ramada Inn, Super 8 Laurel.

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