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Monroe, Louisiana

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**History and Geography**:
– Fort Miro was built in 1791 by Esteban Rodríguez Miró.
– The name Monroe was adopted in 1820 to honor the steamboat James Monroe’s arrival, marking the transformation of the outpost into a town.
– Monroe was founded during the Spanish colonial period.
– Monroe is in northeastern Louisiana, serving as the economic and cultural hub.
– It is the parish seat of Ouachita Parish.
– Monroe has an elevation of 72 feet above sea level.
– Monroe’s total area is 31.6 square miles, with 11.46% of it being water.
– Monroe is the center of the Monroe metropolitan statistical area.

**Climate and Natural Disasters**:
– Monroe has a humid subtropical climate with abundant rainfall.
– Normal annual precipitation averages over 51 inches.
– Severe thunderstorms, hail, and tornadoes occur in spring and summer.
– Winter months are mild with freezing temperatures possible.
– Summer months are hot and humid with high relative humidity levels.
– In March 2016, Monroe experienced a severe flood with significant damage.
– The 2020 Easter tornado outbreak brought a low-end EF3 tornado to the area, causing severe damage but fortunately no casualties.
– The 2016 flood led to many homes being damaged or completely flooded.
– Advance warnings helped prevent injuries during the 2020 tornado.

**Demographics and Religion**:
– Monroe’s population has seen significant growth over the years.
– In 2020, the racial composition was 30.18% White, 63.24% Black or African American, and 2.5% Hispanic or Latino.
– Christianity is the largest religion in Monroe, with notable denominations including National Baptist Convention, USA, Southern Baptist Convention, and Methodism.
– Pentecostalism is a growing tradition in the city.
– Islam and Judaism are also significant religions in Monroe.

**Economy and Infrastructure**:
– St. Francis Medical Center, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Walmart, University of Louisiana at Monroe, and Graphic Packaging Holding Company are significant employers in Monroe.
– Monroe is home to the 528th Engineer Battalion of the Louisiana Army National Guard.
– Monroe Regional Airport serves the city and northeast Louisiana.
– Greyhound Bus Lines and the oldest municipally-owned transit system in the nation provide transportation in Monroe.

**Culture, Recreation, and Education**:
– Monroe Civic Center hosts various events, including the annual Miss Louisiana pageant.
– Monroe is home to the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo, as well as several museums like the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum and the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens.
– Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge and 17 city parks offer recreational opportunities.
– Monroe City Schools and Ouachita Parish School System cater to various age groups, offering a diverse educational landscape.

Monroe, Louisiana (Wikipedia)

Monroe is the eighth-largest city in the U.S. state of Louisiana, and parish seat of Ouachita Parish. With a 2020 census-tabulated population of 47,702, it is the principal city of the Monroe metropolitan statistical area, the second-largest metropolitan area in North Louisiana. Pecanland Mall is located in Monroe.

Monroe, Louisiana
Downtown skyline
Downtown skyline
Official seal of Monroe, Louisiana[1]
Twin Cities of Northeast Louisiana (along with West Monroe)
Location of Monroe in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana
Location of Monroe in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana
Monroe is located in Louisiana
Location in Louisiana
Monroe is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 32°30′34″N 92°07′06″W / 32.50944°N 92.11833°W / 32.50944; -92.11833
CountryUnited States
Founded1785 (239 years ago) (1785)
Incorporated (town)1845 (179 years ago) (1845)
Incorporated (city)1906 (118 years ago) (1906)
Named forthe steamboat James Monroe
 • MayorFriday Ellis (I)
 • City Council
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 • City32.91 sq mi (85.23 km2)
 • Land29.66 sq mi (76.80 km2)
 • Water3.25 sq mi (8.42 km2)
72 ft (22 m)
 • City47,702
 • Estimate 
 • RankUS: 857th
LA: 8th
 • Density1,608.57/sq mi (621.08/km2)
 • Urban
119,964 (US: 280th)
 • Metro
222,695 (US: 212nd)
 Urban area includes Monroe-West Monroe
Time zoneUTC–6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC–5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
71201, 71202, 71203, 71207, 71209, 71210, 71211, 71212, 71213, 71217
Area code318
FIPS code22-51410
GNIS feature ID2404283
Sales tax10.44%
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