B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$123,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$619
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%

Monroe Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    2,141
    273
  • Murder
    36
    6
  • Rape
    89
    41
  • Robbery
    336
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,801
    525
  • Theft
    6,326
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    254
    263

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$28,268
National
$53,889
Children
23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    18%
    13%
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Monroe is decent place to live. It's got beautiful scenery (Bayou Desiard, Black Bayou) so it's great for outdoors lovers. It also has some great restaurants! Cultural events are somewhat lacking but it's close enough to large cities (Dallas, New Orleans) for a weekend getaway. Also, Shreveport (Louisiana Hollywood) is only an hour away and you may run into actors/actresses in town shooting a movie.
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When people think of Louisiana, they immediately think of Mardi Gras in New Orleans or the casinos near Shreveport. Monroe wants to have those things but cannot (or will not depending on who you ask). But if you dig a little deeper and get to know this town and it's people, you come to find a comfort in it. The little shops and weekend markets are something to look forward to. And the night scene is small but enjoyable. And if you can't find anything you wanna do, just hang with the friends you've made here because it's not hard to strike up conversation with just about ANYBODY and find some common interests, hobbies, family, etc. These are the friendliest folks you'll ever find and I wouldn't change that for anything!
Monroe is a common Southern urban community. It has its good points and its bad points. There is urban blight in some areas and there is growth and prosperity in others. Religion is a strong part of the community; on the surface. Then as you dig deeper, racisim and more negative traits start coming forth.

However, there are some wonderful parts about the city. It has a rich culture; numerous and varied museums that celebrate art, military history and African-American life; dance programs; a symphony orchestra and numerous theatre groups. There are two public school systems in the area; one that works with the Parish, and one that works with the city. Monroe also boasts a university; a community college; and several other opportunities for advancement in learning.