Monroe, NC
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Monroe is a medium-sized city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 34,623 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Monroe is the 26th largest community in North Carolina.

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 (12.58%), sales jobs (12.36%), and maintenance occupations (7.19%).

Also of interest is that Monroe has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

The citizens of Monroe are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 16.18% of adults in Monroe have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Monroe in 2010 was $18,981, which is lower middle income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $75,924 for a family of four. However, Monroe contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 White, followed by Black or African-American. Monroe also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 28.58% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Monroe include Irish, English, Scots-Irish, and Italian.

In addition, Monroe has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (19.66%).

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