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West Monroe, Louisiana

West Monroe, Louisiana
City
West Monroe City Hall
2305 North Seventh Street
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Ouachita
Elevation 82 ft (25 m)
Coordinates
Area 8.0 sq mi (20.7 km2)
 - land 7.7 sq mi (20 km2)
 - water 0.2 sq mi (1 km2), 2.5%
Population 13,065 (2010)
Mayor Dave Norris
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 71291, 71292
Area code 318
Location of West Monroe in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Website: westmonroe.com

West Monroe is a city in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is situated on the Ouachita River, across from the neighboring city of Monroe. The two cities are often referred to as the Twin Cities of northeast Louisiana. Its population was 13,065 at the 2010 census and it is part of the Monroe Metropolitan Statistical Area. The mayor, Dave Norris, a Democrat, has served since July 1, 1978, and was unopposed for a tenth term in the municipal election in 2014.

Contents

  • Geography 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Government 3
    • National Guard 3.1
  • Notable people 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Geography

Cottonport Historic District

West Monroe is located at (32.510844, -92.140048).[1] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.0 square miles (20.6 km²), of which 7.7 square miles (20.0 km²) is land and 0.2 square mile (0.6 km²) (3.14%) is water.

West Monroe is a separate municipality from Monroe.

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 13,250 people, 5,734 households, and 3,457 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,717.2 people per square mile (662.7/km²). There were 6,312 housing units at an average density of 818.1 per square mile (315.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 61.9% White, 33.6% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.48% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5% of the population.

There were 5,734 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.5% were married couples living together, 17.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.7% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 83.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,522, and the median income for a family was $35,348. Males had a median income of $28,231 versus $22,533 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,803. About 15.6% of families and 21.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.1% of those under age 18 and 13.1% of those age 65 or over.

Government

The current mayor is Dave Norris, a Democrat, who has served since 1978.

A 2013 "Community Impressions" report complimented the green spaces, including the Kiroli and Restoration parks, and Antique Alley as important assets to the West Monroe community. According to long-term Mayor Dave Norris, the study confirms "the value of many of the projects we've focused on to enhance quality of life."[5] The report identifies situations in need of improvement, many of which have already been addressed, including the lack or inaccurate signage to area attractions, brown water and the need to renovate certain wells, limited shopping opportunities for clothing, traffic problems on Thomas Road, and the failure to promote the popular phenomenon created from the West Monroe-based A&E reality television series, Duck Dynasty.[5] The consultants declared West Monroe and the general area west of the Ouachita River overall as "a clean, vibrant, growing friendly area ... [with] a small town atmosphere and yet ... many of the amenities and features of a [larger] city."[5]

National Guard

1022nd Engineer Company (Vertical) of the 527th Engineer Battalion of the 225th Engineer Brigade is located in West Monroe.

Notable people

References

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  2. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  5. ^ a b c "Greg Hilburn, "Consultants: 'West Monroe clean, vibrant, growing'"".  
  6. ^ "Former state representative Blackmon dead at 89", Monroe News-Star, May 22, 2014
  7. ^ Legacy.com Secure Server

External links

  • City of West Monroe
  • Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • West Monroe history
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