Monroe, Louisiana

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Monroe, Louisiana
Monroe de Louisiane
City
Official seal of Monroe, Louisiana
Seal
Nickname(s): Twin Cities of northeast Louisiana
Motto: "One City, One Future"
Location of Louisiana in USA
Location of Louisiana in USA
Monroe, Louisiana is located in Louisiana
Monroe, Louisiana
Monroe, Louisiana
Location of Monroe in Louisiana
Coordinates: 32°30′34″N 92°07′06″W / 32.50944°N 92.11833°W / 32.50944; -92.11833Coordinates: 32°30′34″N 92°07′06″W / 32.50944°N 92.11833°W / 32.50944; -92.11833
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Ouachita
Named for James Monroe
Government
 • Mayor Jamie Mayo (D)
 • City Council
Elevation 72 ft (22 m)
Population (2010)
 • Estimate (2012) 49,156
 • Urban 62,238
 • Metro 170,053
  Urban area includes Monroe-West Monroe
Demonym Monroeian
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CST (UTC-5)
ZIP Codes 71201, 71202, 71203, 71207, 71208, 71209, 71210, 71211, 71212, 71213
Area Code 318
Website ci.monroe.la.us

Monroe (historically French: Poste-du-Ouachita[1]) is the eighth-largest city in the U.S State of Louisiana. it is the parish seat of Ouachita Parish. In the official 2010 census, Monroe had a population of 48,815. The municipal population declined by 8.1 percent over the past decade; it was 53,107 in the 2000 census.[2] After a recheck in 2012, the Census Bureau changed the 2010 population from 48,815 to 49,147. Mayor Jamie Mayo, however, maintains that the Monroe population is more than 50,000 and indicated that he will pursue a continued challenge to the count.[3]

Monroe is the principal city of the Monroe Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the parishes of Ouachita and Union. The two-parish area had a total population of 170,053 in 2000 and an estimated population of 172,275 as of July 1, 2007.[4] The larger Monroe-Bastrop Combined Statistical Area is composed of both the Monroe Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Bastrop Micropolitan Statistical Area. The CSA had a population of 201,074 in 2000.

Monroe and the neighboring city of West Monroe (pop. 13,250), which sits just across the Ouachita River, are often referred to as the Twin Cities of northeast Louisiana.

History[edit]

Monroe Convention Hall across from City Hall
St. Matthews Catholic Church in downtown Monroe

The settlement formerly known as Fort Miro adopted the name Monroe, during the first half of the 19th century, in recognition of the steam-powered paddle-wheeler James Monroe. The arrival of the ship had a profound effect on the settlers; it was the single event, in the minds of local residents, that transformed the outpost into a town. The ship is depicted in a mural at the main branch of the Monroe Library on North 18th Street. Therefore, credit is indirectly given to James Monroe of Virginia, the fifth President of the United States, for whom the ship was named.

During the American Civil War, Monroe and Opelousas, the seat of St. Landry Parish in south Louisiana, had Confederate training camps. They were established after the fall of New Orleans to the Union in 1862. Conscripts were soon sent to both camps.[5]

In 1862, Monroe and Delhi in Richland Parish became overcrowded with unwelcome refugees from rural areas to the east. They had fled the forces of Union General U.S. Grant, who moved into northeastern Louisiana and spent the winter of 1862–1863 at Winter Quarters south of Newellton in Tensas Parish. He was preparing for the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, not completed until July 4, 1863. Historian John D. Winters reported "strong Union sympathy" in both Delhi and Monroe. As the refugees moved further west toward Minden in Webster Parish, many of the existing inhabitants, themselves very poor, refused to sell them food or shelter and treated them with contempt.[6]

Union boats came up the Ouachita River to Monroe to trade coffee, liquor, dry goods, and money for cotton. "Confederate officers were accused by a citizen of encouraging the trade and of fraternizing with the enemy, eating their oysters, and drinking their liquor."[7] As the war continued, deserters and stragglers about Monroe became "so plentiful that the Union Army sent a special detachment" from Alexandria to apprehend them.[8]

In 1913, Joseph A. Biedenharn, the first bottler of Coca-Cola, moved to Monroe from Vicksburg, Mississippi. His home and gardens at 2006 Riverside Drive in Monroe now operates as the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens.[9] Until Biedenharn's breakthrough, Coca-Cola had been available only when individually mixed at the soda fountain. Biedenharn and his son, Malcolm Biedenharn, were among the founders of Delta Air Lines, originally Delta Dusters.

Collett E. Woolman, the Ouachita Parish agent originally from Indiana, pioneered crop dusting to eradicate the boll weevil, which destroyed cotton in the Mississippi River delta country in the early 20th century. Woolman originated the first crop-dusting service in the world.[10] The collapse of cotton production contributed to the Great Migration of the early 20th century, when hundreds of thousands of African Americans left the rural South for jobs in northern and midwestern cities.

Geography[edit]

First Baptist Church in downtown Monroe
Frank "Buddy" Flowers Chapel at Louisiana Baptist Children's Home in Monroe
Washington Plaza in downtown Monroe

Monroe is located at 32°30′37″N 92°05′42″W / 32.51028°N 92.09500°W / 32.51028; -92.09500 (32.510343, −92.094895)[11] and has an elevation of 72 feet (21.9 m).[12]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 31.6 square miles (83.9 km²), of which, 28.7 square miles (74.3 km²) of it is land and 3.7 square miles (9.6 km²) of it is water. The total area is 11.46% water.

Regional cities and their distance from Monroe, Louisiana include:

Climate[edit]

Monroe has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa). Rainfall is abundant, with the normal annual precipitation averaging over 51 inches (1.3 m), with monthly averages ranging from less than 3 inches (76 mm) in August to more than 5 inches (130 mm) in June. Severe thunderstorms with heavy rain, hail, damaging winds and tornadoes occur in the area during the spring and summer months. The winter months are normally mild, with an average of 35 days of freezing or below-freezing temperatures per year, with ice and sleet storms possible. Summer months are hot and humid, with maximum temperatures exceeding 90 degrees an average of 91 days per year, with high to very high relative average humidity, sometimes exceeding the 90 percent level.

Climate data for Monroe, Louisiana (Monroe Regional Airport), 1981–2010 normals
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 82
(28)
89
(32)
91
(33)
97
(36)
104
(40)
108
(42)
108
(42)
108
(42)
107
(42)
98
(37)
90
(32)
83
(28)
108
(42)
Average high °F (°C) 56.2
(13.4)
60.5
(15.8)
68.6
(20.3)
76.9
(24.9)
84.3
(29.1)
90.5
(32.5)
93.0
(33.9)
93.2
(34)
88.0
(31.1)
78.2
(25.7)
67.5
(19.7)
57.9
(14.4)
76.23
(24.57)
Average low °F (°C) 36.4
(2.4)
40.2
(4.6)
46.9
(8.3)
54.4
(12.4)
63.5
(17.5)
70.3
(21.3)
72.7
(22.6)
71.7
(22.1)
65.1
(18.4)
53.8
(12.1)
45.1
(7.3)
38.1
(3.4)
54.85
(12.7)
Record low °F (°C) −1
(−18)
−2
(−19)
18
(−8)
32
(0)
39
(4)
51
(11)
54
(12)
51
(11)
35
(2)
29
(−2)
19
(−7)
5
(−15)
−2
(−19)
Precipitation inches (mm) 4.75
(120.7)
4.67
(118.6)
4.74
(120.4)
4.48
(113.8)
5.19
(131.8)
4.65
(118.1)
3.54
(89.9)
3.13
(79.5)
3.61
(91.7)
4.76
(120.9)
4.83
(122.7)
5.37
(136.4)
53.71
(1,364.2)
Snowfall inches (cm) .4
(1)
.3
(0.8)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
.1
(0.3)
0.8
(2)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 10.0 9.3 9.2 7.6 9.3 8.9 8.3 7.3 7.0 8.2 8.4 10.0 103.6
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) .3 .3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .2 .8
Mean monthly sunshine hours 158.1 175.2 213.9 231.0 266.6 297.0 319.3 300.7 249.0 235.6 177.0 158.1 2,781.5
Source: NOAA [13] HKO (sun, 1961−1990),[14] The Weather Channel (extreme temps)[15]

Neighborhoods[edit]

Southern Monroe (south of U.S. Highway 80) This area contains the Pecanland Mall and the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo.

  • Atkinson Quarters
  • Bryant's Addition
  • Burg Jones Lane
  • Charmingdale
  • Grayling Bend
  • Hollywood Heights
  • King Oaks
  • Lamyville
  • Lincoln Park
  • New Town
  • Oak Manor
  • Oregon Trail
  • Parkview
  • Pine Bayou#1
  • Pine Bayou#2
  • Renwick's Addition
  • Richwood
  • Robinson Place
  • Standifer Ave SAC Town
  • Tanglewood
  • West Parkview

North and East Monroe Metro Area (north of U.S. Highway 80) The University of Louisiana at Monroe and the headquarters for CenturyLink can be found in this area. This list includes communities located outside Monroe City limits.

  • Bayou Oaks
  • Betin Heights
  • Booker T (Notable residents of this neighborhood, including Office of Juvenile Justice Northern Regional Director Carolyn B. Lewis, are described as "Bookertorian.")
  • Brierfield
  • Cypress Point
  • Forsythe Park
  • Garden District
  • Lakeshore
  • Marie Place Addition
  • North Pointe Plantation
  • Northgate Estates
  • Northside Terrace
  • Oakmont
  • Pargoud Place
  • Parkview Heights Subdivision
  • Pecan Bayou
  • Plantation Park
  • Point Place
  • River Oaks
  • Sholar's Addition
  • Swartz
  • Town & Country
  • Treasure Island
  • Village North
  • Westminister
  • Westwood

Demographics[edit]

Monroe Population
Census Pop.
1850 435
1870 1,949
1880 2,070 6.2%
1890 3,256 57.3%
1900 5,428 66.7%
1910 10,209 88.1%
1920 12,675 24.2%
1930 26,028 105.3%
1940 28,309 8.8%
1950 38,572 36.3%
1960 52,219 35.4%
1970 56,374 8.0%
1980 57,597 2.2%
1990 54,909 −4.7%
2000 53,107 −3.3%
2010 48,815 −8.1%
Source: US Census data
St. Francis North Hospital is located off U.S. Highway 165 in north Monroe.

As of the census[16] of 2000, there were 53,107 people, 19,421 households, and 12,157 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,851.8 people per square mile (714.9/km²). There were 21,278 housing units at an average density of 741.9 per square mile (286.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city in 2000 was 61.13% Black (63.9 percent black in 2010), 36.78% White (33.4 percent in 2010), 0.13% Native American, 1.05% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.01% of the population.

There were 19,421 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.4% were married couples living together, 25.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.4% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54, and the average family size was 3.26.

In the city, the population was spread out with 29.7% under the age of 18, 15.0% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 17.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,864, and the median income for a family was $33,263. Males had a median income of $31,840 versus $22,352 for females. The per capita income for the city is $15,933. About 26.3% of families and 32.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.3% of those under the age of 18 and 21.6% of those 65 and older.

Economics[edit]

Top employers[edit]

According to the City's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[17] the top employers in the metropolitan area are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Ouachita Parish School Board 3,015
2 St. Francis Medical Center 2,500
3 Chase 2,000
4 CenturyLink 1,400
5 University of Louisiana at Monroe 1,200
6 Walmart 1,112
7 Graphic Packaging 1,110
8 City of Monroe 1,110
9 Glenwood Regional Medical Center 900
10 Accent Marketing 500

Transportation[edit]

Monroe was the headquarters of Delta Air Lines during the second half of the 1920s. As it expanded, it moved. Monroe Regional Airport serves the city. The airport has three main runways and is served by American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines.

Greyhound Bus Lines provides transportation from Monroe to many cities across the nation. The city of Monroe has the oldest municipally owned transit system in the nation. Created in 1906 as a four-line street railroad, the Monroe Transit System (mtsbus.org) now provides 13 fixed bus routes covering most areas of the city, and 3 demand-response buses serving the disabled.

Monroe can be accessed from I-20, U.S. Highway 165, Louisiana Highway 15, U.S. Highway 80,and I-420 (proposed).

Monroe has two main railroads: the Kansas City Southern Railway runs from east to west, and the Union Pacific that runs from North to South. Other railroads include:

Entertainment[edit]

The Monroe Civic Center has multiple facilities. The main complex is the Civic Center Arena. This arena provides 44,000 square feet (4,100 m2) of exhibit space along with 5,600 seats. The arena may have larger capacities up to 7,200 seats. The arena houses events such as banquets, circuses, and rodeos. The civic center also has the B. D. Robinson conference hall, Monroe Convention Center, equestrian pavilion, and the 2,200-seat W. L. Jack Howard Theatre, named for W. L. "Jack" Howard, the Union Parish native who served as the mayor of Monroe from 1956 to 1972 and again from 1976 to 1978.

During the last week of June, Monroe hosts the annual Miss Louisiana pageant. In the fiftieth competition, a winner was crowned on June 29, 2013, at the W. L. Jack Howard Theatre.[18]

Monroe is the home of the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo, which collectively maintains over 500 animals. The zoo also offers boat rides and a catwalk, in addition to other seasonal activities.

The Monroe area is home to several museums, including the Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum, The Biedenharn Museum and Gardens, Chennault Aviation & Military Museum, the Masur Museum of Arts, and the Northeast Louisiana Delta African-American Heritage Museum, one of the 26 site recently identified for the state's African American Heritage Trail.

Bayou Desiard flows though parts of Monroe.

Golf[edit]

  • Bayou Desiard Country Club
  • Chennault Golf Course
  • Frenchman's Bend Country Club
  • The Links at Muny, Forsythe Park

Shopping[edit]

National Guard[edit]

Monroe is home to the 528th Engineer Battalion of the Louisiana Army National Guard. This unit is part of the 225th Engineer Brigade which is headquartered in Pineville, Louisiana at Camp Beauregard.

Crime and Poverty[edit]

Despite its relatively small size, Monroe suffers from higher than average levels of crime and poverty. Some studies have placed Monroe within the top 100 most dangerous cities in America[20] for crime rates, and the 6th poorest city (per capita) in America.[21][22] It was ranked 3rd worst small city for crime (among cities whose populations are less than 200,000).[23] It has been ranked the most dangerous city in Louisiana for crime.[24]

Education[edit]

Post-secondary education[edit]

Elementary[edit]

Further information: Monroe City Schools

The City of Monroe has its own department of education that is set off from the larger Ouachita Parish School System. It is known as the Monroe City School System. The department consists of three high schools, three junior high schools, and 18 elementary schools.

  • Barkdull Faulk Elementary
  • Berg Jones Elementary
  • Carver Elementary
  • Clara Hall Elementary
  • Cypress Point Elementary
  • J.S. Clark Magnet School
  • Lakeshore Elementary
  • Lexington Elementary
  • Lincoln Elementary
  • Madison James Foster Elementary
  • Minnie Ruffin Elementary
  • Sallie Humble Elementary

Junior high[edit]

  • Carroll Junior High
  • Martin Luther King Junior High (MLK)
  • Robert E. Lee Junior High (Lee)

High school[edit]

Private schools[edit]

Schools out of the Monroe City Schools District

  • Grace Episcopal School
  • Geneva Academy
  • Jesus the Good Shepherd
  • New Vison Academy
  • Ouachita Christan School
  • Our Lady of Fatima
  • River Oaks School
  • Saint Frederick High School

Media[edit]

Further information: Media in Monroe, Louisiana

Monroe is served by a Gannett newspaper, the Monroe News Star, formerly an afternoon daily owned and operated by the late father-son team of publishers, Robert Wilson Ewing, I, and John D. Ewing. When the Ewing's Monroe Morning World ceased publication, the sister publication, the News Star, became the city's morning-only newspaper.

Monroe is also served by two African-American weekly newspapers: The Monroe Free Press and the Monroe Dispatch. The Free Press was founded in 1969 by Roosevelt Wright, Jr.; its web presence began in 1996 and is located at http://monroefreepress.com. The Monroe Free Press is the official journal of the City of Monroe. The Dispatch was founded in 1975 by Irma and Frank Detiege.

The Ouachita Citizen, based in West Monroe, is a weekly newspaper that provides all-local coverage of events in Ouachita Parish, including Monroe, West Monroe, Sterlington and Richwood. Locally owned, the newspaper has been in operation since 1924. The Ouachita Citizen can be found online at www.ouachitacitizen.com. It was purchased in 1996 by the late Sam Hanna, Sr., and his son, Sam Hanna, Jr., who remains the publisher.

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

FM[edit]

  • KBMQ 88.7 Contemporary Christian
  • KBYO 92.7 Hit Music "Fun Radio"
  • KEDM 90.3 National Public Radio/University of Louisiana at Monroe HD radio
  • KHLL 100.9 Christian
  • KJLO 104.1 Country
  • KJMG 97.3 Urban Adult Contemporary
  • KLIP 105.3 Classic Hits
  • KMVX 101.9 Mix
  • KMYY 92.3 Country
  • KNBB 97.7 Sports
  • KQLQ 103.1 Contemporary Hit Music
  • KRVV 100.1 Urban Contemporary
  • KXRR 106.1 Rock (100,000 Watts)
  • KZRZ 98.3 Adult Contemporary

AM[edit]

  • KLIC 1230 NewsTalk
  • KMLB 540 Talk/Sports
  • KRJO 1680 Urban Gospel

Emergency alert stations:

  • KMLB-KNOE 540 AM
  • KNOE 101.9 FM
  • KNOE TV 8

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Monroe (city), Louisiana". quickfacts.census.gov. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Scott Rogers, "Monroe population still under 50,000"". Monroe News Star, December 22, 2012. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2007 (CBSA-EST2007-01)" (CSV). 2007 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. March 27, 2008. Retrieved October 3, 2008. 
  5. ^ John D. Winters, The Civil War in Louisiana, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1963, ISBN 0-8071-0834-0, p. 149
  6. ^ Winters, pp. 307–308
  7. ^ Winters, p. 406
  8. ^ Winters, p. 416
  9. ^ "Biedenharn Museum and Gardens". goby.com. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Delta Heritage Museum". deltamuseum.org. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
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  12. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^ "NowData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  14. ^ "Climatological Information for Shreveport, United States". Hong Kong Observatory. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  15. ^ "Monthly Averages for Shreveport, LA (71107)". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  16. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  17. ^ "City of Shreveport CAFR" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  18. ^ "Sarah Eddington, "Contestants excited about 50th Miss Louisiana competition in Monroe"". Alexandria Daily Town Talk. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  19. ^ "General Growth Properties, Inc.". 
  20. ^ "Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities in the US". neighborhoodscout.com. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  21. ^ "America's Poorest Cities". 247wallst.com. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
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  23. ^ "America's Best and Worst Cities for Crime". bestplaces.net. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  24. ^ "The 10 Safest Cities in Louisiana". movoto.com. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 

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