Welcome to Laurel, Delaware, a picturesque town nestled in Sussex County. Laurel, part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area, boasts a rich history, a vibrant community, and natural beauty that make it a cherished place to call home. The Sharma Law Firm, your trusted personal injury attorney in Seaford, DE, takes great pride in serving the residents of Laurel and its neighboring areas.
The history of Laurel traces back to the 18th century when it was known as Broad Creek Town, a Nanticoke Indian settlement. The Nanticoke Indians, who originally claimed this part of Delaware, created this settlement on lands known as Bachelor's Delight and Greenland in 1711. Within 50 years, most of the Indian settlers had relocated to western Pennsylvania.
The present town of Laurel was laid out along the Broad Creek in the 1790s and derived its name from the laurel bushes that grew alongside the creek. Laurel's history is a testament to the diverse cultural influences and the enduring spirit of its community.
On March 29, 1929, Laurel was merged with the neighboring town of North Laurel, which comprised most of the current town north of Broad Creek (then known as Laurel River). Unfortunately, this merger was not correctly reported to the United States Census Bureau, leading to an error in the 1930 United States Census population statistics. The Bureau acknowledged in 1940 that the correct population for Laurel in 1930 was 2,542.
West Laurel, one of Delaware's oldest free black communities, dates back to the 1790s. In the 1870s, Captain Theodore Marsh settled in West Laurel, bought property, subdivided it into plots, and sold them to his shipmates. The New Zion United Methodist Church graveyard in West Laurel, in existence since the early 1800s, serves as the resting place for Marsh and his shipmates.
Laurel is situated on the Atlantic Coastal Plain in southwestern Delaware. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town covers a total area of 1.7 square miles, with 4.07% of it being water.
As of the 2020 Census, Laurel is home to 3,865 residents. The racial makeup of the town is diverse, with 55.56% White, 39.42% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, and 2.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race comprise 2.32% of the population.
Laurel's households are varied, with 37.9% having children under 18, 39.4% being married couples, and 26.1% headed by a female householder with no husband present. The town's median household income is $28,321, and the median family income is $30,329.
The Sharma Law Firm is dedicated to serving the residents of Laurel and ensuring that their legal needs are met. Whether you've been involved in an accident, need legal advice, or have questions regarding personal injury claims, our experienced team is here to support you every step of the way.
Laurel, Delaware, is a town that combines history, cultural diversity, and natural beauty into a unique and welcoming community. The Sharma Law Firm is honored to serve the residents of Laurel and the surrounding areas, offering legal expertise and guidance to our cherished community.
Whether you're a long-time resident or new to the area, we extend our warmest welcome to you. If you find yourself in need of legal assistance in personal injury cases or any other legal matters in Laurel, please do not hesitate to contact The Sharma Law Firm. We are here to ensure your rights are protected and your interests are upheld in this historic corner of Sussex County.