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Welcome to Laurel ...

The city of Laurel is located in Jones County<1> and is the County Seat for Jones County.

When the people of Laurel refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use terms like Laurelite or Laurelian.<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Laurel has a population of 18,338 people<3> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Laurel.

Laurel is 280 feet [85 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Laurel lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Area codes for Laurel: (601) & (769)<5>

Websites for Laurel ...

Official Website: www.laurelms.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Laurel had an population of 18,338 people. This is a decrease of 1.09% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 0.3% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Laurel had a population of 18,540 people (which is 27.36% of the total population of Jones County). This makes Laurel the county's most populous community.

The population of Laurel represents 0.62% of the population of Mississippi (which has 2,967,297 people), making it the state's 22nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 18,540 people, the population of Laurel has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (with a count of 18,393 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), Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, 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.

  • Ellisville [Jones County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ellisville
    • Ellisville [Jones County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the southwest of Laurel
    • Estimated population in 2019: 4,559 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ellisville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ellisville<7>
  • Sandersville [Jones County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sandersville
    • Sandersville [Jones County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the northeast of Laurel
    • Estimated population in 2019: 728 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sandersville
  • Heidelberg [Jasper County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Heidelberg
    • Heidelberg [Jasper County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the northeast of Laurel
    • Estimated population in 2019: 659 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Heidelberg
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Heidelberg<7>
  • Soso [Jones County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Soso
    • Soso [Jones County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the northwest of Laurel
    • Estimated population in 2019: 394 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Soso
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Antioch [Jones County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Antioch
      • Antioch [Jones County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the southeast of Laurel
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Antioch
    • Moss [Jasper County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moss
      • Moss [Jasper County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the north of Laurel
      • Moss has also been known as:
      • Mossville
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moss
    • Amy [Jones County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Amy
      • Amy [Jones County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the northwest of Laurel
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Amy
    • Stringer [Jasper County]
    • Vernon [Jasper County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vernon
      • Vernon [Jasper County] was located 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the north of Laurel
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Vernon have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Acme [Jasper County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Acme
      • Acme [Jasper County] was located 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the north of Laurel
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Acme have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.

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 19 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 in Mississippi

About Jones County

About Mississippi

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Laurel: www.laurelms.com/

The official website for State of Mississippi: https://www.ms.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Mississippi's counties, including Jones, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>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.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Laurel.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Laurel - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (769) is an overlay for area code (601).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things 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, 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: 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: 31.6947, Longitude: -89.1312    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>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.






















 

 

 

 

 


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