Monroe, LA
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Monroe is a medium-sized city located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 49,598 people and 23 constituent neighborhoods, Monroe is the ninth largest community in Louisiana.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Monroe is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. 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 (15.60%), sales jobs (12.17%), and food service (9.23%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Monroe spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 15.53 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

In terms of college education, Monroe is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 27.13% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Monroe in 2010 was $20,571, 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 $82,284 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 35.61% 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, French , German, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Monroe is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.