Monroe is a medium-sized city located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 48,371 people and 23 constituent neighborhoods, Monroe is the ninth largest community in Louisiana.
Monroe is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.92% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Monroe is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Monroe who work in office and administrative support (14.63%), sales jobs (13.30%), and food service (9.19%).
Also of interest is that Monroe has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.92 minutes getting to work every day.
The percentage of people in Monroe who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 28.80% of adults in Monroe have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Monroe in 2010 was $21,158, which is middle income relative to Louisiana, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $84,632 for a family of four. However, Monroe contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Monroe also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.84% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Monroe is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Monroe home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Monroe residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Monroe include Irish, English, German, French, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Monroe is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.