Monroe is a medium-sized city located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 49,297 people and 23 constituent neighborhoods, Monroe is the ninth largest community in Louisiana.
Monroe is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.97% 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 (14.66%), sales jobs (12.00%), and food service (9.62%).
One of the benefits of Monroe is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.46 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
A lot of people in Monroe take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Monroe, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
The percentage of people in Monroe who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 28.63% of adults in Monroe have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Monroe in 2010 was $20,700, 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 $82,800 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 34.67% 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 English, German, French , and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Monroe is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.