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Laurel

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(4.7/5 based on 70+ reviews for 2 attractions)
Things to do: museums, historic sites
Laurel is a city in Jones County, Mississippi, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 18,548.Laurel is the principal city of the Laurel Micropolitan Statistical Area. Its major employers include Howard Industries, Sanderson Farms, Masonite, Family Health Center, Howse Implement, Thermo-Kool and South Central Regional Medical Center. Laurel is home to the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (Mississippi's oldest art museum).HistoryLaurel was founded in 1882 as a lumber town. The city was named for laurel thickets near the original town site.GeographyLaurel is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.8sqmi, of which 15.4sqmi is land and 0.3sqmi, or 2.09%, is water.ClimateThe climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Laurel has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
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