West Monroe, LA
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West Monroe is a somewhat small city located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 12,966 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, West Monroe is the 34th largest community in Louisiana.

West Monroe is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, West Monroe is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in West Monroe who work in sales jobs (16.12%), office and administrative support (15.39%), and food service (8.25%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of West Monroe spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.57 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

In terms of college education, West Monroe is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.47% of adults 25 and older in West Monroe have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in West Monroe in 2010 was $19,376, 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 $77,504 for a family of four. However, West Monroe contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

West Monroe is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call West Monroe home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of West Monroe residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in West Monroe include Irish, German, French , and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in West Monroe is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Mon-Khmer (Cambodian).