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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, West Monroe is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (16.12%), office and administrative support (15.39%), and food service (8.25%).
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 17.57 minutes getting to work every day.
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).