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Laurens, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Laurens had a population of 8,873 as of July 1, 2015. Laurens ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in South Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Laurens is located at latitude 34.5015 and longitude -82.0232 in Laurens County. The formal boundaries for the City of Laurens (see map below) encompass a land area of 10.41 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Laurens County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 614 feet.

The City of Laurens (GNIS ID: 2404891) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Laurens population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

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

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Laurens, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 8,873
Population in Households 8,567
Population in Familes 6,801
Population in Group Qrtrs 306
Population Density1 854
Diversity Index2 61


Total Households 3,674
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 2,317
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 4,380 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,886 (43.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,787 (40.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 706 (16.1%)
Median Home Value $78,695
Average Home Value $103,776


Median Household Income $31,870
Average Household Income $43,323
Per Capita Income $17,957
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.56% -0.35%
Households -0.49% -0.33%
Families -0.41% -0.47%
Median Household Income   3.39%
Per Capita Income   2.39%
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.

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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, 2015 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 # 59 85th
Population Density1 # 152 62nd
Diversity Index2 # 41 90th
Median Household Income # 273 31st
Per Capita Income # 235 41st

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