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Monroe is in Ouachita Parish.

It is the parish seat.

The community was named for the James Monroe, the first steamboat to reach here.

The latitude of Monroe is 32.509N. The longitude is -92.119W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 72 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 52,163.


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Median household income
Local
$25,864
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Monroe demographic reports
Monroe is on the Ouachita River.
Monroe was founded by Juan Filhiol, a French soldier who had been granted land by the king of Spain.

Federal gunboats attacked the city during the Civil War.

Delta Airlines began here as a crop-dusting operation.
Well-known residents have included:
· Bill Russell, basketball player
· David Toms, golfer
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include PJ?s Coffee
Local festivals include:
  • DeltaFest - Sept. 8, 2007
  • Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival - Oct. 6-7, 2007
Dates often change. Check Monroe web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Monroe Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Forsythe Park, Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo
Historic sites and museums: Biedenharn Museum and Gardens, Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum, Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum, Masur Museum of Art
Colleges and universities: University of Louisiana
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 78

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Monroe demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Ouachita Parish economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Monroe area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 71201 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

3% of Monroe residents report German ancestry, and 5% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Monroe ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Monroe was $15,933, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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27% of Monroe residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Monroe, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $284.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $763.


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Libraries in Monroe include Anna Meyer Branch, Carver Branch, Ouachita Parish Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Monroe include Monroe News-Star

TV stations in Monroe include KLTM, KNOE.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KEDM.

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Ouachita Parish supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Monroe political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Monroe workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 17 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Monroe between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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