A+ Monroe Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B Monroe Cost of Living Cost of living is 8% lower than Louisiana
8416% less expensive than the US average
928% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Monroe cost of living
F Monroe Crime Total crime is 115% higher than Louisiana
Total crime
8,190217% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 13217% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-34%Year over year crime is down
Monroe crime
F Monroe Employment Household income is 37% lower than Louisiana
Median household income
$28,68148% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,70031% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%55% higher than the US average
Monroe employment
F Monroe Housing Home value is 10% lower than Louisiana
Median home value
$134,10027% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$63733% lower than the US average
Home ownership
44%31% lower than the US average
Monroe real estate or Monroe rentals
C Monroe Schools HS graduation rate is equal to Louisiana
High school grad. rates
78%6% lower than the US average
School test scores
53%7% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:114% lower than the US average
Monroe K-12 schools or Monroe colleges

Living in Monroe, LA

Monroe, Louisiana is a medium-sized city with a population of 49,361 people. The median age of all Monroe residents is 32, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles. Monroe is very likely to be a great place to live for singles as only 48%, of the population (over fifteen) is classified as married.

Are you trying to ascertain if living in Monroe is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a positive experience before relocating to any new city in Louisiana, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. To help you find the best places to live in and around Monroe, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, weather, education, employment and more.

Using data and statistics Monroe has received a livability score of 63 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 30th percentile when compared to all other cities. Based on the scores for each individual category, Monroe has received high marks for amenities (A+), cost of living (B) and weather (B). Unfortunately for Monroe, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), employment (F) and housing (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Monroe has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Biedenharn Museum & Gardens, Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo, and Aviation Historical Museum of Louisiana.

Monroe real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Monroe. Median real estate prices in Monroe come in at $134,100, which is 9.6% lower than the Louisiana average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Monroe, the home price to income ratio is 4.7, which is 42.4% higher than the Louisiana average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Monroe will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Monroe, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 4.6%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 3.5%.

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      Monroe, LA - Relaxing & Serene

      In the summer of 2008, two years into my dental practice, I decided to be closer to my parents who had recently shifted from an expensive California city to Monroe, LA. After many failed attempts to find a good location to stash my belongings, I finally came to know about West Monroe, a beautiful area far from the city's hustle and bustle, where one could relax under the serene nature. I really do not believe that I could have continued to live here, without the convenience the place offers. The community where I reside is close to Ouachita river and I am a big fan of hunting and fishing.

      Monroe city has a Civic Center with multiple facilities such as Civic Center Arena which provides a large exhibit space for circuses, banquets, music concerts and other shows for approximately 7,200 people. There are Children Museum, Aviation Military Museum, Northeast Louisiana Delta African-American Heritage Museum, the Masur Museum of Arts and various Heritage centers for museum lovers. The Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo, home for nearly 500 animals and birds offer boat rides and other seasonal activities for all ages.

      During the last few years of my craving for restaurant food that has become a ritualistic routine, the buffets and cuisines just across the Twin City Dragway offer the best food choice. The final part of my ritual dinner, a vanilla dessert served in one of the cuisines provide a relaxing effect.

      Spending the time in the mall has been my favorite past time during Saturdays. The Pecanland Mall, the largest mall in the Northern part of Louisiana, that houses JC Penny, Sears, Burlington Coat Factory and many other anchor stores shuffle their collections every week to attract customers. The mall also has movie theater along with food and center court.
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      Source: The Monroe, LA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).