Laurel, Mississippi

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Laurel is a city located in Jones County in Mississippi, a state of the United States of America. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 18,393. Located in southeast Mississippi, southeast of Jackson on Tallahala Creek, Laurel was founded in 1881. One of Laurel's major employers is Howard Transportation. An American Indian reservation is located nearby.

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Geography

Laurel is located at 31°41'51" North, 89°8'22" West (31.697412, -89.139315)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 40.8 km² (15.8 mi²). 40.0 km² (15.4 mi²) of it is land and 0.9 km² (0.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.09% water.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 18,393 people, 6,925 households, and 4,542 families residing in the city. The population density is 460.2/km² (1,192.3/mi²). There are 7,804 housing units at an average density of 195.3/km² (505.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 40.64% White, 55.08% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 3.17% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 3.87% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 6,925 households out of which 29.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.2% are married couples living together, 23.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4% are non-families. 30.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 14.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.61 and the average family size is 3.21.

In the city the population is spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 35 years. For every 100 females there are 85.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 80.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $24,988, and the median income for a family is $30,185. Males have a median income of $27,077 versus $17,336 for females. The per capita income for the city is $15,561. 28.9% of the population and 21.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 37.5% of those under the age of 18 and 19.3% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Transportation

Amtrak's Crescent train connects Laurel with the cities of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Charlotte, Atlanta, Birmingham and New Orleans. The Amtrak station is situated at 230 North Maple Street.

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