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Laurel is a city in Prince George's County, in the Washington-Arlington metro area.

The community was named for the laurel tree.

The latitude of Laurel is 39.099N. The longitude is -76.848W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 164 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 20,653.


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Median household income
Local
$49,415
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Laurel demographic reports
Laurel is on the Patuxent River.
Former and merged names include:
· Laurel Factory
Developed as a mill town; early products included woolen hats and blankets
Public transportation: Howard Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 135. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 6.5 per 1,000 people.
Laurel received national attention for a 1972 assassination attempt on George Wallace, who was campaigning for president. Wallace spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Herb, Arts and Tea Festival - May 5, 2007
  • Riverfest - Oct. 13, 2007
Dates often change. Check Laurel web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Laurel Museum, Montpelier Mansion, National Wildlife Visitor Center
Colleges and universities: Capitol College
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 123

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Laurel demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Prince George's County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Washington area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 20708 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

11% of Laurel residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Laurel ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Laurel was $26,717, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

36% of Laurel residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Laurel festival dates:

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Laurel, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $724.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,297.


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Libraries

Libraries in Laurel include Laurel Branch, Maryland City Branch, Savage Branch ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Laurel include Laurel Gazette, Laurel Leader

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Politics

Prince George's County supported John Kerry 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 33 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 11 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 5.5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was higher than the national norm.

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Hotels in Laurel include Bridgestreet Country Meadows, Comfort Suites Laurel Lakes, Days Inn & Suites Laurel, Econo Lodge Laurel Racetrack, Fairfield Inn, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Knights Inn-Laurel, Motel 6, Quality Inn & Suites ... More hotels.

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