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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Laurel is a suburb of Washington, D.C. with a population of 25,834. Laurel is in Prince George's County and is one of the best places to live in Maryland. Living in Laurel offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Laurel there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Laurel and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$260,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,497
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
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Laurel Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    207.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    11.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    38.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    184.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    284.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,984.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    299.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    19%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Laurel

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$75,268
National
$55,322
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Laurel used to be more community-centered, but lately it has become more business-centered. It has lost a bit of its original charm, however it has kept most of its charms. Laurel is in a great location, about 35 minutes from Baltimore and about 45 minutes from DC, so there are many opportunities for jobs. Laurel has several shopping locations and events, so you'll never be bored. The only other downsides have been the increases in traffic and speed cameras!
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Overall, Laurel is pretty good area to live in. Laurel is currently undergoing a lot of renovations. More homes and neighborhoods are being built, including modern town houses, condos, and apartments. I would say the best thing about Laurel is its location. Major highways such as I-95 and the ICC pass through Laurel which makes transportation and commute extremely convenient. Additionally, more town centers are being built that include movie theaters, restaurants and stores for shopping. The Konterra Town Center will be built in the near future, which will bring more jobs and improve nightlife and entertainment. What needs improvement are the public schools because the education offered isn't necessarily good. Like any other city or town, Laurel does have good and bad areas, in terms of safety. I think safety in certain parts of Laurel also need improvements.
Laurel, Maryland is a very quiet area in general. Laurel is a pleasant city, with decent individuals and decent view. Local people are relative kind, the eateries are clamoring — all things considered, and it is regularly spotless. The attractions are not many, yet they're interesting and magnificent. The climate is mellow, because of environmental change. It is very diverse and the people who live here are very pleasant.