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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population49,361
Male Share of the Population45.1%
Female Share of the Population54.9%
Senior Citizens13.9%
Employed Population 16+18,148
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married29%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher28.6%
Median Earnings25+$26,007
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$13,746
Median Earnings With High School Degree$19,781

Wealth

Median Family Income$37,731
% Above Poverty Level65.3%
% Below Poverty Level34.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time14 minutes
% Working from Home1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work2%
% Using Public Transportation3.3%

Housing

People Living Alone36.3%
Median Gross Rent$637
Median House Value$134,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)64%
Irish5.6%
English4.2%
German3.2%
French Except Basque3%
Italian2.1%
Scottish1%
African0.6%
Arab0.4%
Dutch0.3%
Polish0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Lebanese0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Czech0.1%
Syrian0.1%
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Monroe Almanac

CategoryValue
County Ouachita Parish
Standard Zip Codes71201, 71203, 71202
P.O. Box Zip Codes71207, 71210, 71211, 71213, 71217
Company Zip Codes71209, 71212
Phone Area Codes318
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude32.53
Approximate Longitude-92.11

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)

StationMONROE NLU
Distance3.5 miles
Jan Temp34 to 56 F
Apr Temp53 to 76 F
Jul Temp72 to 94 F
Oct Temp52 to 79 F
Annual Precip58 inches
StationMONROE RGNL AP
Distance5 miles
Jan Temp36 to 56 F
Apr Temp54 to 78 F
Jul Temp73 to 94 F
Oct Temp53 to 80 F
Annual Precip53.3 inches
StationBASTROP
Distance22.9 miles
Jan Temp34 to 55 F
Apr Temp52 to 76 F
Jul Temp72 to 93 F
Oct Temp53 to 78 F
Annual Precip57.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Collinston365$28,958
Downsville92$0
Eros198$41,964
Richwood5,626$32,500
Sterlington2,165$47,083
West Monroe13,031$47,153

Monroe Public Libraries

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

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Monroe Hospitals

P & S Surgical Hospital
(Proprietary)
312 Grammont St Ste 101
(318) 388-4040
Specialty Hospital
309 Jackson Street
(318) 966-4126
University Health Conway
(Non-profit)
4864 Jackson Street
(318) 330-7000
Bastrop Rehabilitation Hospital - Monroe
4310 South Grand Street
(318) 654-8300
Monroe Surgical Hospital
(Proprietary)
2408 Broadmoor Blvd
(318) 410-0002
St. Francis Medical Center
(Non-profit)
309 Jackson St
(318) 966-4000
St. Francis Medical Center (north Campus)
(Non-profit)
3421 Medical Park Dr
(318) 966-4000

Monroe Public Schools

Carroll High School
2939 Renwick Street
ZIP: 71201
(318) 387-8441
High
Total Enrollment 480
Carroll Junior High School
2945 Renwick Street
ZIP: 71201
(318) 322-1683
Middle
Total Enrollment 299
Excellence Academy Charter School
811 Washington Street
ZIP: 71201
(318) 350-6855
Middle
Total Enrollment 238
J.s. Clark Magnet Elementary School
1207 Washington Street
ZIP: 71201
(318) 322-8976
Primary
Total Enrollment 476
Lexington Elementary School
1905 Spencer Avenue
ZIP: 71201
(318) 322-9753
Primary
Total Enrollment 561
Neville High School
600 Forsythe Avenue
ZIP: 71201
(318) 323-2237
High
Total Enrollment 972
New Vision Learning Academy
507 Swayze Street
ZIP: 71201
(318) 338-9995
Primary
Total Enrollment 383
Robert E. Lee Junior High School
1600 North 19th Street
ZIP: 71201
(318) 323-1143
Middle
Total Enrollment 417
Sallie Humble Elementary School
3800 Westminister Avenue
ZIP: 71201
(318) 325-7659
Primary
Total Enrollment 521
Barkdull Faulk Elementary School
2110 Jackson Street
ZIP: 71202
(318) 322-1300
Primary
Total Enrollment 267
Berg Jones Elementary School
3000 Burg Jones Lane
ZIP: 71202
(318) 325-8982
Primary
Total Enrollment 443
Carver Elementary School
1700 Orange Street
ZIP: 71202
(318) 322-4245
Primary
Total Enrollment 381
Clara Hall Accelerated School
1000 Plum Street
ZIP: 71202
(318) 322-8501
Primary
Total Enrollment 317
Madison James Foster Elementary School
1310 Richwood Road #1
ZIP: 71202
(318) 325-7979
Primary
Total Enrollment 437
Martin Luther King Junior High School
3716 Nutland Road
ZIP: 71202
(318) 387-1825
Middle
Total Enrollment 259
Minnie Ruffin Elementary School
1801 Parkvidw Drive
ZIP: 71202
(318) 322-3447
Primary
Total Enrollment 575
Richwood High School
5901 Highway 165 S
ZIP: 71202
(318) 361-0467
High
Total Enrollment 604
Richwood Junior High School
5901 Highway 165 S
ZIP: 71202
(318) 651-0200
Middle
Total Enrollment 484
Robinson Elementary School
5101 Reddix Lane
ZIP: 71202
(318) 322-1784
Primary
Total Enrollment 456
Shady Grove Elementary School
2204 Ticheli Road
ZIP: 71202
(318) 323-9941
Primary
Total Enrollment 326
Southside Alternative High School
4701 S Grand Street
ZIP: 71202
(318) 362-5000
Other
Total Enrollment 60
Southside Alternative High School
4701 South Grand St.
ZIP: 71202
(318) 651-4841
Other
Total Enrollment 166
Swayze Elementary School
2400 Burg Jones Lane
ZIP: 71202
(318) 325-1357
Primary
Total Enrollment 287
Thomas Jefferson Elementary
1001 Pecan Street
ZIP: 71202
(318) 410-1378
Primary
Total Enrollment 267
Wossman High School
1600 Arizona Street
ZIP: 71202
(318) 387-2932
High
Total Enrollment 566
Cypress Point Elementary School
6701 Mosswood Drive
ZIP: 71203
(318) 345-5666
Primary
Total Enrollment 408
Jack Hayes Elementary School
3631 Old Sterlington Road
ZIP: 71203
(318) 343-4560
Primary
Total Enrollment 556
Lakeshore School
550 Balboa Street
ZIP: 71203
(318) 343-1173
Primary
Total Enrollment 626
Lincoln Elementary School
4200 Elm Street
ZIP: 71203
(318) 322-9533
Primary
Total Enrollment 395
Ouachita Junior High School
5500 Blanks Street
ZIP: 71203
(318) 345-5100
Middle
Total Enrollment 931
Ouachita Parish High School
681 Highway 594
ZIP: 71203
(318) 343-2769
High
Total Enrollment 1285
Sherrouse School
300 Sherrouse Avenue
ZIP: 71203
(318) 343-3258
Other
Total Enrollment 51
Sterlington High School
233 Keystone Road
ZIP: 71203
(318) 665-2725
High
Total Enrollment 399
Swartz Lower Elementary School
235 Swartz School Rd
ZIP: 71203
(318) 343-8883
Primary
Total Enrollment 433
Swartz Upper Elementary School
400 Lincoln Hill Drive
ZIP: 71203
(318) 343-1723
Primary
Total Enrollment 418
Vision Academy
1411 Shrrouse St.
ZIP: 71203
(318) 381-6781
High
Total Enrollment 200

Monroe Private Schools

Grace Episcopal School
1400 N 4th St
ZIP: 71201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 196
Jesus The Good Shepherd School
900 Good Shepherd Ln
ZIP: 71201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 266
Our Lady Of Fatima School
3202 Franklin St
ZIP: 71201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 67
Quest School
2401 Oliver Rd
ZIP: 71201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 44
St Frederick High School
3300 Westminister Ave
ZIP: 71201
Secondary
Total Enrollment 260
Ouachita Christian School
7065 Highway 165 N
ZIP: 71203
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 709
River Oaks School
600 Finks Hideaway Rd
ZIP: 71203
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 321
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