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Welcome to Laurel ...
While we don't have a date for the founding of Laurel, you might consider that their post office opened in 1884.
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 18,362 people<3> (see below for details).
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
Telephone 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 18,362 people. This is a decrease of 0.96% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 0.17% since the 2000 Census).
At the time of the 2010 Census, Laurel had a population of 18,540 people (or 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 (which had a count of 18,393 people).
More information can be found on the Census Page for Laurel.
Communities Also Named Laurel ...
Using our Gazetteer, we 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.
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.
Adding Laurel to Our Gazetteer ...
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.
From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Laurel was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<8>
We also found Laurel in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).
For more details, see References and Mentions for Laurel.
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website for Laurel: www.laurelms.com/
The official website for State of Mississippi: https://www.ms.gov/
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This page was last modified/updated: 28 Nov 2023