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Laurel, Delaware
Spring Garden
Spring Garden
Etymology: Laurel bushes that grew alongside Broad Creek
Location of Laurel in Sussex County, Delaware.
Location of Laurel in Sussex County, Delaware.
Laurel, Delaware is located in Delaware
Laurel, Delaware
Laurel, Delaware
Location in Delaware
Laurel, Delaware is located in the United States
Laurel, Delaware
Laurel, Delaware
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Delaware
County Flag of Sussex County, Delaware.gif Sussex
Area
 • Total 2.86 sq mi (7.40 km2)
 • Land 2.77 sq mi (7.16 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.24 km2)
Elevation
26 ft (8 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 3,865
 • Density 1,397.32/sq mi (539.47/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
19956
Area code 302
FIPS code 10-41310
GNIS feature ID 214203

Laurel is a town in Sussex County, Delaware, United States. The population was 3,708 at the time of the 2010 census. Laurel is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. It once hosted the Laurel Blue Hens of the Eastern Shore Baseball League.

History

The site of the town of Laurel was a Nanticoke Indian settlement known as Broad Creek Town during most of the eighteenth century. Its Nanticoke name is unknown. The Indian settlement was created on tracts known as Bachelor's Delight and Greenland in 1711 when the government of Maryland, who originally claimed this part of Delaware, set aside land for the Nanticoke Indians. Nearly all the Indian settlers left within 50 years, relocating to western Pennsylvania. The present town was laid out along the Broad Creek in the 1790s and was named for the laurel bushes that grew alongside the creek.

The Chipman Potato House, Chipman's Mill, Collins Potato House, Hearn Potato House, E. L. Hitch Potato House, Laurel Historic District, Moore Potato House, Old Christ Church, Phillips Potato House, Ralph Potato House, Rider Potato House, Ross Point School, Spring Garden, Stanley Potato House, and Wright Potato House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Laurel is located on the Atlantic Coastal Plain in southwestern Delaware at 38°33′23″N 75°34′17″W / 38.55639°N 75.57139°W / 38.55639; -75.57139 (38.5565041, -75.5713141).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2), of which 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (4.07%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 970
1870 1,080 11.3%
1880 1,022 −5.4%
1890 2,388 133.7%
1900 1,825 −23.6%
1910 2,166 18.7%
1920 2,253 4.0%
1930 2,542 12.8%
1940 2,884 13.5%
1950 2,700 −6.4%
1960 2,709 0.3%
1970 2,408 −11.1%
1980 3,052 26.7%
1990 3,226 5.7%
2000 3,668 13.7%
2010 3,708 1.1%
2020 3,865 4.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

957 families, 1,389 households, 3,668 people reside in the town. The population density was 2,215.9 people per square mile (853.1/km2). There were 1,561 housing units at an average density of 943.0 per square mile (363.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 55.56% White, 39.42% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.20% from other races, and 2.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.32% of the population.

There were 1,389 households, out of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.4% were married couples living together, 26.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the town, the age distribution of the population shows 33.2% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 16.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,321, and the median income for a family was $30,329. Males had a median income of $28,006 versus $18,550 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,594. About 18.7% of families and 21.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.6% of those under age 18 and 11.4% of those age 65 or over.

Sports

On August 13, 2011, the District 3 All-Stars from Laurel won the Senior League Softball World Series for Little League, going undefeated in the tournament and defeating Puerto Rico in the championship game by a score of 2–0.

The Laurel High School Bulldogs have won three Division 2 State Football Championships in 1986, 1987, and 1991.

The Laurel Blue Hens were a member of the minor league Eastern Shore League in 1922 and 1923, playing at League Park.

Education

It is within the Laurel School District. Laurel High School is the local high school.

Notable people

Lover's Lane, up the Lake, Laurel, Del. (12660276273)
1907 postcard showing Laurel in the Miami University Bowden Postcard Collection
  • Mark Briscoe, Professional wrestler
  • Jay Briscoe, Professional wrestler
  • Bert Carvel, former Governor of Delaware
  • William B. Cooper, former governor of Delaware
  • Carlton Elliott, former NFL player
  • Alex Ellis, current NFL player
  • Dallas Marvil, All-American football player, 1931
  • Joshua H. Marvil, former governor of Delaware
  • John Collins, former governor of Delaware (1821–1825)
  • Nathaniel Mitchell, former governor of Delaware (1805–1808), Member of the Continental Congress
  • William Ross, former governor of Delaware (1851–1855)
  • Ron Waller, former NFL player and coach
  • Timothy Dukes, Republican member of the Delaware House of Representatives

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