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Laurens, South Carolina - Basic Facts

Laurens is the common name for the community and surrounding area while the formal official name is the City of Laurens.

It is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Laurens County at latitude 34.499 and longitude -82.0143. Laurens County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 614 feet.

The formal boundaries for the City of Laurens (see map) encompass a land area of 10.41 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Laurens: Laurens Court House, Laurensville.

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Laurens, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 8,965
Population in Households 8,659
Population in Familes 6,876
Population in Group Qrtrs 306
Population Density1 863
Diversity Index2 61


Total Households 3,712
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 2,342
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 4,389 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,933 (44.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,779 (40.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 677 (15.4%)
Median Home Value $77,997
Average Home Value $101,152


Median Household Income $31,053
Average Household Income $41,322
Per Capita Income $17,143
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.45% -0.29%
Households -0.36% -0.27%
Families -0.26% -0.42%
Median Household Income   2.96%
Per Capita Income   1.68%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Laurens, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Laurens to the other 395 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 58 86th
Population Density1 # 151 62nd
Diversity Index2 # 43 89th
Median Household Income # 279 30th
Per Capita Income # 269 32nd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE South Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.