Laurel, a town in Maryland, has a population of just over 26,000. It's a great place to raise a family, as young children make up a higher percentage of the population here (9%) than nationally (6%), while young adults are less well-represented. With an average age of just under 36, the city's residents are younger than most cities in Maryland. Residents are fairly evenly split between renting (52%) and owning (48%) their home despite an average rent of $1,496 per month, substantially higher than the state average of $1,347.
Laurel residents have an average commute of about 37 minutes. Many residents (46%) commute to work by car or truck, while public transit is used by just 5% of the population. Walking (2%) isn't a common way to get to work, though the number does exceed the national average.
Laurel residents have a wide range of industries from which to choose. The five most common are healthcare, public administration, retail, scientific, and entertainment. Combined, these industries make up 35% of the city's labor force. Meanwhile, looking at job function, 9% of the city's population works in management, which ranks as the top career path in the city. Laurel workers bring in an average annual income of around $90K, about the same as the Maryland average. Laurel, however, compares more favorably to the national average ($73,345). Laurel has a high percentage of residents older than 25 who have advanced degrees compared to the national average (7%), as 11% have earned a Master's or a Doctorate. Further, 17% possess a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average.