West Monroe, LA
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Living in West Monroe


West Monroe is a somewhat small city located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 12,922 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, West Monroe is the 34th largest community in Louisiana.

Unlike some cities, West Monroe isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in West Monroe are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (14.92%), office and administrative support (13.68%), and food service (11.16%).

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 17.37 minutes getting to work every day.

Despite the fact that it is a small city, West Monroe has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the city for affordable transportation.

In terms of college education, West Monroe is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.09% 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 $19,886, 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 $79,544 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 Italian.

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