Laurens is a city in Pocahontas County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,258 at the 2010 census.
Laurens was platted in 1881. Laurens was named in honor of Henry and John Laurens, father and son, two French Huguenots who became residents of Charleston, South Carolina, and who were patriotic and loyal to the Colonial cause during the Revolution.
Laurens is located at 42°50′50″N 94°50′58″W (42.847105, -94.849542).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.73 square miles (1.89 km2), all land.
At the 2010 census there were 1,258 people in 571 households, including 332 families, in the city. The population density was 1,723.3 inhabitants per square mile (665.4/km2). There were 677 housing units at an average density of 927.4 per square mile (358.1/km2). The racial makup of the city was 97.5% White, 0.3% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4%.
Of the 571 households 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.9% were non-families. 36.8% of households were one person and 16.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.80.