Introduction to West Monroe, Louisiana

West Monroe, Louisiana, in Ouachita county, is 1 miles W of Monroe, Louisiana and 215 miles NW of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city is included in the Monroe metropolitan area.

West Monroe History

The city of West Monroe is in Ouachita Parish. It is a part of the Monroe metro area. The city was named after James Monroe, who was one of the first European settlers in the area. Industrial development began in 1915 after natural gas was discovered. The area was once known as the 'Natural Gas Capital of the World.'

West Monroe and nearby Attractions

  • Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Chennault Park
  • Cheniere Lake
  • Biedenharn Museum & Gardens
  • Masur Museum of Art

Things To Do In West Monroe

Tourists can enjoy camping, fishing and hiking while in the city. The Chenirere Lake is also worth visiting. One can learn about the city’s history from the Biedenharn Museum and Garden. The Masur Museum of Art is another attraction that attracts several tourists.

West Monroe Transportation

Alexandria International Airport offers facilities for air transportation.

West Monroe Higher Education

One can pursue higher education at Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University and Louisiana State University.


Total Population 13,032
Male Share of the Population 44%
Female Share of the Population 56%
Senior Citizens 17%
Employed Population 16+ 5,449
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 39.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.5%
Median Earnings25+ $30,004
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,700
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,404


Median Family Income $46,250
% Above Poverty Level 71.5%
% Below Poverty Level 28.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 0.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 40.6%
Median Gross Rent $720
Median House Value $111,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.9%
US/American 0%
English 11.2%
Irish 8.3%

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

West Monroe Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles W of Monroe, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 215 miles NW of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Ouachita
Metro Area Monroe
Standard Zip Codes 71291, 71292
P.O. Box Zip Codes 71294
Phone Area Codes 318
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.518
Longitude -92.147

West Monroe Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.8 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
Distance 6.7 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
Distance 23.3 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, West Monroe, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bawcomville (71292)

Brownsville (71292)

Cheniere (71292, 71291)

Dean Chapel (71291)

Drew (71291)

Forest Park (71291)

Highland Park (71291)

Kiroli Woods (71291)

Lapine (71292)

Luna (71292)

Olinkraft (71292)

Siegle (71292)

Splane Place (71291)

Wall Lake (71291)

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
Monroe 49,529 $36,547
Richwood 5,993 $30,887
Sterlington 1,873 $46,176

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

West Monroe Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(318) 332-1339
Emergency Service: No

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
P O BOX 35805
(318) 329-4200
Emergency Service: Yes

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West Monroe High Schools

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Serves 1,985 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

Serves 997 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

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Serves 193 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

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