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West Monroe, Louisiana
City
West Monroe, LA, City Hall IMG 0128.JPG
West Monroe City Hall
2305 North Seventh Street
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Ouachita
Elevation 82 ft (25 m)
Coordinates 32°30′39″N 92°08′24″W / 32.51083°N 92.14°W / 32.51083; -92.14
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

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.

Geography

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 92.14°W / 32.51083; -92.14 (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.

Demographics

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%
Est. 2015 12,966 −0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census 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.

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