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West Monroe, Louisiana
Cottonport Historic District in West Monroe
Cottonport Historic District in West Monroe
Location of West Monroe in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana.
Location of West Monroe in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Ouachita
 • Total 8.31 sq mi (21.53 km2)
 • Land 8.03 sq mi (20.79 km2)
 • Water 0.29 sq mi (0.74 km2)
82 ft (25 m)
 • Total 13,103
 • Density 1,632.57/sq mi (630.35/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 318
FIPS code 22-80955

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 is Staci Albritton Mitchell.


Historic district, West Monroe, LA IMG 0114
Cottonport Historic District

West Monroe is located at 32°30′39″N 92°8′24″W / 32.51083°N 92.14000°W / 32.51083; -92.14000 (32.510844, -92.140048). 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.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 447
1900 775 73.4%
1910 1,127 45.4%
1920 2,240 98.8%
1930 6,566 193.1%
1940 8,560 30.4%
1950 10,302 20.4%
1960 15,215 47.7%
1970 14,868 −2.3%
1980 14,993 0.8%
1990 14,096 −6.0%
2000 13,250 −6.0%
2010 13,065 −1.4%
2020 13,103 0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
West Monroe, LA, City Hall IMG 0128
West Monroe City Hall

2020 census

West Monroe racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 7,082 54.05%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 4,607 35.16%
Native American 27 0.21%
Asian 116 0.89%
Pacific Islander 6 0.05%
Other/Mixed 521 3.98%
Hispanic or Latino 744 5.68%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 13,103 people, 5,616 households, and 2,636 families residing in the city.

Notable people

  • Evelyn Blackmon, Realtor and member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 15 from 1984 to 1988
  • Donnie Copeland, former West Monroe Pentecostal assistant pastor and Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, 2015 to 2017
  • Clarence Faulk, publisher, broadcaster, businessman in Ruston, born in West Monroe in 1909
  • William C. Feazel, oilman, interim U.S. Senator in 1948, and member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1932 to 1936
  • Bruce Fowler, opera singer
  • Andy Griggs, country singer
  • Kevin Gordon, Americana singer/songwriter
  • James D. Halsell, astronaut; space shuttle pilot
  • Dixon Hearne, author
  • Alton Hardy Howard, co-founder of Howard Brothers Discount Stores; gospel songwriter and author
  • Bradie James, NFL linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys who played football at Louisiana State University, Wossman High School, before transferring to West Monroe High School
  • Rickey Minor, music director, composer and music producer. Born in Monroe.
  • William Wiley Norris, III (1936-2016), city, district, and circuit court judge
  • Webb Pierce, Country Music Hall of Fame member
  • Cassidy Riley, professional wrestler for WWE and TNA
  • Phil Robertson, Duck Dynasty star and founder of Duck Commander
  • Kay Robertson, Duck Dynasty star
  • Sadie Robertson, Duck Dynasty star
  • Si Robertson, Duck Dynasty star
  • Willie Robertson, Duck Dynasty star
  • Jase Robertson, Duck Dynasty star
  • Korie Robertson, Duck Dynasty star
  • Bill Russell, professional basketball player, center for Boston Celtics, five-time NBA Most Valuable Player and twelve-time All-Star
  • Mike Walsworth, 1st State Senator from West Monroe
  • Andrew Whitworth, NFL offensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams who played football at Louisiana State University and West Monroe High School
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