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Overview

Introduction to Monroe, Louisiana

Monroe is located along the Ouachita River and is the parish seat for Ouachita Parish. It's the primary distribution base for the region's farmers. According to National Geographic, the Ouachita River is one of the most beautiful rivers in the entire world. The region is known as "Sportsman's Paradise," and is the location of the first Coca Cola bottling plant.

History

Before the Louisiana Purchase was completed, the Monroe area was a prominent trading center. In 1780 the French arrived and created a settlement named Prairie de Canots. Jean Baptiste Filhoil was selected by the Spanish Crown to be in charge of the region and in 1790 Filhoil constructed a prominent fort. Soon, agriculture was thriving and was a primary industry. In 1915 natural gas was discovered in Ouachita Parish and it became a significant factor for the economy. During the 1920's the paper industry was flourishing.

Attractions

  • Antique Alley is a notable attraction for North Louisiana
  • Ike Hamilton Expo features primarily equine events
  • Layton Castle was the former home of a Swiss settler. Later, it was covered with red bricks and now has the appearance of a European castle
  • Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo includes natural habitat for animals and one of the best collections of small primates in the country. Train and boat rides are available
  • Monroe Civic Center
  • Rebecca's Doll House showcases more than 2000 antique dolls
  • Northeast Louisiana Arts Council
  • Ouachita River Art Gallery

Museums

  • Aviation Historical Museum of Louisiana
  • Biedenharn Museum and Gardens
  • Aviation & Military Museum of Louisiana
  • Masur Museum of Art
  • Northeastern Louisiana Delta African Heritage Museum
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe's Museum of Natural History showcases mineral specimens from all over the world, dinosaur fossils as well as Indian artifacts

Activities

The Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge includes pristine wetlands and provides opportunities for canoeing and fishing and features numerous exhibits. The beautiful Kiroli Park includes trails, gardens and fishing ponds. The Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge provides locations for hiking, fishing and hunting. The scenic Ouachita Wildlife Management Area provides fishing opportunities and includes a camping area. The Louisiana Folklife Festival is a notable event which features music, a variety of food, various crafts and celebrates tradition. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy the numerous golf courses.

Higher Education

The city is home to the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Delta Community College.

Transportation

The Monroe Regional Airport provides air transportation. The Monroe Transit System offers bus service throughout the city.

People

Total Population 49,529
Male Share of the Population 44.6%
Female Share of the Population 55.4%
Senior Citizens 13.2%
Employed Population 16+ 18,434
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 28.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.6%
Median Earnings25+ $25,778
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,130
Median Earnings With High School Degree $18,864

Wealth

Median Family Income $36,547
% Above Poverty Level 64.6%
% Below Poverty Level 35.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 3.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.7%
Median Gross Rent $619
Median House Value $123,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 65.1%
US/American 0%
English 4.5%
Irish 5.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Monroe Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 214 miles NW of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Ouachita
Metro Area Monroe
Standard Zip Codes 71201, 71202, 71203
P.O. Box Zip Codes 71207, 71210, 71211, 71213
Company Zip Codes 71208, 71209, 71212
Phone Area Codes 318
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.509
Longitude -92.119

Monroe Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MONROE NLU
Distance 3.5 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 56 F
Apr Temp 53 to 76 F
Jul Temp 72 to 94 F
Oct Temp 52 to 79 F
Annual Precip 58 inches
Station MONROE RGNL AP
Distance 5 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 56 F
Apr Temp 54 to 78 F
Jul Temp 73 to 94 F
Oct Temp 53 to 80 F
Annual Precip 53.3 inches
Station BASTROP
Distance 22.9 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 55 F
Apr Temp 52 to 76 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 53 to 78 F
Annual Precip 57.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Monroe, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bosco (71201)

Corey (71201)

Fondale (71201)

Lakeshore (71203)

Lamkin (71201)

Logtown (71202)

Northeast (71201)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Collinston 216 $32,188
Downsville 131 $72,917
Eros 173 $52,813
Richwood 5,993 $30,887
Sterlington 1,873 $46,176
West Monroe 13,032 $46,250

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Monroe Public Libraries

Library
Ouachita Parish Library
1800 STUBBS AVENUE
Monroe, Louisiana
(318) 327-1490
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Monroe Hospitals

P & S SURGICAL HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
312 GRAMMONT ST SUITE 101
(318) 388-4040
Emergency Service: No

MONROE SURGICAL HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
2408 BROADMOOR BLVD
(318) 410-0002
Emergency Service: No

E A CONWAY MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - State)
4864 JACKSON STREET
(318) 388-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

ST FRANCIS MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
309 JACKSON STREET
(318) 327-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Monroe High Schools

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OUACHITA PARISH HIGH SCHOOL
681 HIGHWAY 594
318-343-2769
Serves 1,158 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

NEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
600 FORSYTHE AVENUE
318-323-2237
Serves 834 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

RICHWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
5901 HIGHWAY 165 SOUTH
318-361-0467
A Title I School.
Serves 783 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

WOSSMAN HIGH SCHOOL
1600 ARIZONA STREET
318-387-2932
A Title I School.
Serves 737 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

CARROLL HIGH SCHOOL
2939 RENWICK STREET
318-387-8441
A Magnet School.
Serves 700 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

STERLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
233 KEYSTONE ROAD
318-665-2725
Serves 436 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.1

SOUTHSIDE ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL
4701 SOUTH GRAND STREET
318-362-5000
A Non-traditional School
Serves 127 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

DROP OUT RECOVERY SCHOOL
300 SHERROUSE AVENUE
318-343-6172
A Non-traditional School
Serves 126 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.7

SOUTHSIDE ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL
4701 SOUTH GRAND STREET
318-362-5002
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 96 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.4

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