Laurel, MD - what is it Really Like?

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George

Alexandria, VA

#1 Jun 28, 2008
I live in Northern Virginia and have gone to Laurel to check out some automobile sales. When there I looked around and could not really tell if this is a nice place to live or not. So much of it seems to be covered with highways, auto sales lots, motels, and more highways, but with a name like Laurel it should have more to offer. I also have noted that there seems to be more crime in Laurel than is expected, even in PG Country. For a Virginia resident, PG county = Crime, you know, but I am much too hopeful or naive to believe everything I hear.

So, Laurel residents, please tell me the GOOD things about Laurel Maryland! Not defensive words about what seems to be the common opinion of people about the town, but just tell use what is really great about Laurel for visitors and residents. Also, is the Laurel Racetrack out of business? I know it is there, but never hear anything going on there. After a trip to Charles Town, I would like to go to a local race track.

George
jessica

Laurel, MD

#3 Jun 29, 2008
i have lived in laurel my whole life and i am almost 26 years old. it hasn't been changing for the better although there a few nice things to do here. the 4th of july fireworks at laurel lake are awesome, the main street festival is nice to, we go paddle boating at the lake and fishing, the race track is fun, and even the delta bingo. there are a ton of parks for children as well. i live in maryland city which is the anne arundel county side of laurel.

“TRIFE94”

Since: May 08

BWOOD

#4 Jun 29, 2008
Holla Jessica, now walk it out
SKW

College Park, MD

#5 Jun 30, 2008
I've lived in Laurel for almost ten years and have watched its steady, unrelenting decline. The only reason that some people live here is because the prices of some of its apartment complexes are some of the lowest in the county. It's an okay place to live as long as you don't plan on going for any safe evening (or any other time of day, for that matter) walks, having a pleasant experience at the local shopping mall, raising children in a decent environment, or spending time with any of your "friendly" neighbors. You know, those things that people in safer cities get to do on a regular basis and take for granted.

Bottom line: anyone can do SO much better than living here.
Ashley

Annapolis, MD

#6 Jul 1, 2008
i have lived in laurel for 5 or 6 years and i love it

Since: Jul 08

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#7 Jul 1, 2008
Ashley wrote:
i have lived in laurel for 5 or 6 years and i love it
It depends where you are in Laurel. If you're in Jessup as it says under your sign-on name, then that's a very far cry from the conditions in Laurel.
david

Inwood, WV

#9 Jul 2, 2008
born and raise in laurel intell i was 18 moved to virginia hope i never have to go back there it a zoo
Sid Vicious

Catonsville, MD

#10 Jul 18, 2008
The whole story is that the porn shop sells nitrous oxide canisters to anyone 18 and up, and teenagers are getting there older friends and brothers to buy them by the case load. They also sell the thing you need to get the gas out of the canister into the balloon so you can go to happy-town. THAT is why the police hate the porn shop, they just don't want to give people ideas...
Sarah

College Park, MD

#11 Jul 23, 2008
I have lived in Laurel for eight years now. Depending on where you live it can be a "liveable" place. Overall though, it is not a happy place to live. The housing and certain areas can be deceiving
because there actually is quite a bit of crime/
Most of the crime goes unpublished because it is usually drug related. Immediately when i moved here i saw drug deals right by my house, virtually in my front yard. Due to the massive drug dealing there is an mentality of every man for themselves and a lot of people who are solely out for their own good. Everyone i know who lives here says that they want to move
Tim

Chantilly, VA

#12 Aug 1, 2008
George, I have lived in Laurel for almost 20 years. It has been a great place to live. I have two kids, one that graduated from U of M and the other at Howard community. Laurel is full of teachers, government workers and hard working people who love the community. My kids were involved with the swim team they're entire life and are still connected with many of them. With the down turn in the economy, I have seen an increase in crime. Desperate times create desperate people. People that tend to trash this town have never lived here or have taken the time to find out about the close-knit neighborhoods. Overall, Laurel is an affordable alternative to the many overpriced, communities that surround the DC area.
PNR

Piedmont, SC

#13 Aug 14, 2008
I have been a resident of PG county all of my life. I am VERY upset with some of the comments that I have read. I currently live in Laurel (near Montpelier Mansion) and have lived in Laurel during the mid and late 80's. I feel very safe in the neighborhood that I live in. Some say that crime is high. In some pockets, maybe. Geographically, Laurel is equal distant from DC and Baltimore and sits between 2 major interstates - I-295 and I-95 so it is somewhat vunerable to some criminal activity. However, I have no problem with it. There are no areas free of crime. Also, I resent the comment made "PGC..ghetto trash everywhere". My husband who is white, earned a BS from Univ. of Missouri and I (a BLACK woman) earned my BS and Masters in Chemistry from Delaware State. We both work for the US government and do pretty well for ourselves. My question is what is ghetto to you? Is it a neighborhood full of blacks? Or any where that has a higher number of blacks/latinos than white? I don't think so. For I have been in some predominately black and white neighborhoods and to tell you the truth, there are some neighborhoods in Anne Arundel and Mont. Co. that are all white no where are nice than some of the middle-class, predominately black neighborhoods in PG.
George, Laurel, just like all towns/cities within the DC Metro has it pros/cons. However, to me, the pros outweigh the cons. I love the Main street festival, fireworks at Laurel Lakes, the Concerts at Montpelier and the wonderful cnversations that I had with my neighbors. There are also a lot of parks and great churches to attend. Not to mention, the real estate and apartments have some of the best prices around. People here do not put on airs about themselves. They are who they are..hard working citizens. I would much rather live here than in a county surronded by "want to be" rich people driving in Benz or Land Rovers discussing the property on the Chesapeake that may look good on the surface, but are depressed, out of touch and BROKE individuals that are drowing their problems away in Cognac!
Psychologist

Washington, DC

#14 Aug 15, 2008
I have a home in Laurel and I have a Ph.D., and Laurel is a far cry from ghetto. I feel very safe in my neighborhood...I can go out and come in at 2am and not feel any more fearful than I would living at any other place coming in at that time. There are quite a few very expensive luxury apts that have been built in Laurel and it is up and coming in terms of what it has to offer. I can afford to live elsewhere but I choose to live here, as I am surrounded by all types of people from varying levels of SES and I could not be happier.
Psychologist

Washington, DC

#15 Aug 15, 2008
and yes, I think people say that a neighborhood is bad when they see a lot of non WHITE individuals...if you are one of those people, it is unfortunate.
MEW

Frederick, MD

#16 Aug 18, 2008
I grew up in the American University Park area of D.C.(very safe)and have now lived in Laurel for 8 years. I live in Howard County (North Laurel) and feel very safe in my neighborhood. Partly because my street is a dead end w/farms on both sides but mostly because of the wonderful, caring neighbors I am lucky to have, most are life long residents of Laurel. We look out for one another in many ways. I certainly do worry about the crime in other parts of Laurel but no more than anywhere else. I enjoy the easy commute to D.C. and to Baltimore. Laurel has had a bad rap for as long as I can remember so let's take it back, put the criminals in jail and beautify this charming community.
Jen

Hyattsville, MD

#17 Aug 20, 2008
I have lived in West Laurel for a few years now and I LOVE it! I moved here for the schools and the quiet community, I can honestly say it is not like the other parts of Prince George's County! I beleive it is one of the best kept secrets in the county!!! Also if you don't live in the county, don't bad mouth us!!
Claudia

Gera, Germany

#18 Sep 28, 2008
Some of this posts really made me feel really bad since my daughter just moved to Laurel, but as I went on reading ALL of the messages I could relax.. all those negative posts about "ghetto" a.s.o seems to be written by people who think everyone who is not white means to be "ghetto". Too good WE raised our children not to judge people by their color of skin, and I hope they make a lot of nice friends in their new neighborhood!!!
Jimmy Jones

Laurel, MD

#19 Oct 5, 2008
I was born and raised in DC Shaw area if you don't know the history check it out but i read about how people say laurel is ghetto and this and that...now i have lived here for 1 year...And trust me coming from The Shaw neighborhood Laurel is a place i'm still trying to adapt to...the area i live in is quite and its a place i feel i can come home to at 3am and get out my car without being robbed or shot at....sure all neighborhoods have there pros and cons...But when it comes to Laurel you can bet theres alot of drug issues in the area because alot of the drug dealers are from DC not to offend anyone but its true...Laurel is in between alot of highways and bridges so I think its safe to say when the ghetto folks come blk or white follows there ghetto children...Now with that you determine what kind of neighborhood you will have....

Since: Jul 08

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#20 Nov 17, 2008
Crime stats don't lie, Claudia.
carrie

Denton, TX

#21 Nov 26, 2008
david wrote:
born and raise in laurel intell i was 18 moved to virginia hope i never have to go back there it a zoo
Im right there with you. Born and raised there until I was 25 and it has not changed for the better.
carrie

Denton, TX

#22 Nov 26, 2008
Jen wrote:
I have lived in West Laurel for a few years now and I LOVE it! I moved here for the schools and the quiet community, I can honestly say it is not like the other parts of Prince George's County! I beleive it is one of the best kept secrets in the county!!! Also if you don't live in the county, don't bad mouth us!!
Yeah, as long as your children don't have to atten LHS and you always have to look over your shoulder and keep an eye on everything you own. I have lived in the county for many years and Im glad to be away from it.

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