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Welcome to Laurel ...

The city of Laurel is primarily located in Prince George's County<1>. A portion of Laurel extends into Anne Arundel County and Howard County.

The location of Laurel has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

When the people of Laurel refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use terms like Laurelite or Laurelian.<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Laurel has a population of 25,631 people<4> (see below for details).

Laurel was established in 1870.

The community of Laurel is 220 feet [67 m] above sea level.<5>.

Time Zone: Laurel lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Laurel: (301) and (240)<6>

The ZIP codes for Laurel: 20707-20709, 20723-20726<7>

Websites for Laurel ...

Official Website: www.laurel.md.us/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Laurel had an population of 25,631 people. This is an increase of 2.05% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 28.41% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Laurel had a population of 25,115 people. This makes Laurel the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Laurel represents 0.44% of the population of Maryland (which has 5,773,552 people), making it the state's 10th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 25,115 people, the population of Laurel increased 25.83% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 19,960 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Laurel.

Adding Laurel to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Laurel in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Laurel elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Laurel on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Laurel ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 40 communities that are also named Laurel - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, California (3), Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky (2), Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina (2), Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania (4), Quebec, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee (2), Texas, Virginia (3), Washington (2) and West Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Laurel.

Communities near Laurel ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Laurel.

  • Baltimore [Baltimore City]
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    • Baltimore [Baltimore City] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<8> to the northeast of Laurel
    • Estimated population in 2019: 593,490 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Baltimore
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Baltimore<9>
  • Arlington [Arlington County]
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    • Arlington [Arlington County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<8> to the southwest of Laurel
    • Population from the 2010 Census: 207,627 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arlington
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Arlington<9>
  • Rockville [Montgomery County]
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    • Rockville [Montgomery County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<8> to the west of Laurel
    • Estimated population in 2019: 68,079 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rockville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rockville<9>
  • Gaithersburg [Montgomery County]
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    • Gaithersburg [Montgomery County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<8> to the west of Laurel
    • Estimated population in 2019: 67,985 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gaithersburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gaithersburg
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gaithersburg<9>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Bowie [Prince George's County]
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      • Bowie [Prince George's County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<8> to the southeast of Laurel
      • Estimated population in 2019: 58,643 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bowie<9>
    • College Park [Prince George's County]
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      • College Park [Prince George's County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<8> to the southwest of Laurel
      • Estimated population in 2019: 32,163 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for College Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on College Park
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for College Park<9>
    • Greenbelt [Prince George's County]
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      • Greenbelt [Prince George's County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<8> to the south of Laurel
      • Estimated population in 2019: 23,224 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Greenbelt have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greenbelt
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Greenbelt<9>
    • Hyattsville [Prince George's County]
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      • Hyattsville [Prince George's County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<8> to the southwest of Laurel
      • Estimated population in 2019: 18,230 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hyattsville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hyattsville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hyattsville<9>
    • Takoma Park [Montgomery County]
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      • Takoma Park [Montgomery County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<8> to the southwest of Laurel
      • Estimated population in 2019: 17,725 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Takoma Park
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Takoma Park<9>
    • New Carrollton [Prince George's County]
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      • New Carrollton [Prince George's County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<8> to the south of Laurel
      • Estimated population in 2019: 12,928 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Carrollton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Carrollton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for New Carrollton<9>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Laurel. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Laurel.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Laurel. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Laurel.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Laurel. Our list includes 10 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Laurel.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Laurel ...

Looking for more information about Laurel? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Laurel, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Laurel.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Maryland

About Prince George's County

About Maryland

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Laurel: www.laurel.md.us/

The official website for Prince George's County: www.co.pg.md.us/

The official website for State of Maryland: www.maryland.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Maryland's counties, including Prince George's, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Laurel refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Laurel may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Laurel.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Laurel - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>Area code (240) is an overlay for area code (301).
<7>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Laurel). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Laurel or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Laurel includes: 20707, 20708, 20723, 20724, 20725 & 20726.
<8>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Laurel) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Laurel. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Laurel

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Laurel. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0960, Longitude: -76.8618       In this case, the coordinates for Laurel have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<9>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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