Although the local industry in Laurel has largely shifted to Washington and Baltimore, there are still some important industrial and governmental entities located within the city limits. Notably, Laurel is home to several components of the Department of Defense, including the National Security Agency and the Fort Meade army base. It's a great place for young people eager to serve their country to spend their formative years. If your kids are fans of Tom Clancy and other writers who focus on espionage and military science, then Laurel could be the perfect place for cultivating these interests. For anyone who is a fan of U.S. history, Laurel has a well-maintained historical center as well as several other sites of historical interest.

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Laurel, Maryland, has become a favorite for people who want to live in a quiet, peaceful town while commuting to the bustling city centers of Washington and Baltimore, and that's why a large number of fantastic townhomes have been springing up all around town since the '90s. These townhomes have a wonderful balance of privacy and opportunities for socializing. If you're looking for a place that's quite secluded, however, you can find that too. There are plenty of large single-family homes that will give you total privacy.

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