Monroe, Louisiana

Monroe Business Signs

Monroe is a city located in the northeastern-most region of the present-day U.S. state of Louisiana.  Prior to meddling by citizens of the United States, this area had been inhabited for quite some time by the Caddo peoples.  The settlement, which eventually became Monroe, Louisiana began as Fort Miro.  By the middle of the 19th century, this settlement’s name was changed to Monroe, in honor of the steam-powered paddle-wheeler ship James Monroe.  As one could probably already guess, this ship (and thus the city) was named after James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States.  Monroe, Louisiana was officially incorporated into a town in 1845 and then into a city in 1906.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Monroe, Louisiana has a total population of 49,297 people.  Interestingly, according to the Monroe News Star, since 2012, Monroe’s Mayor, Jamie Mayo, has steadfastly maintained the actual population of his city to be more than 50,000 people, “indicating he will pursue a continued challenge to the count.”  Nevertheless, even at a mere 49,297 people, Monroe is still the eighth most populous city in all of Louisiana.  Monroe is considered the principal city of the Monroe Metropolitan Statistical Area.  According to that same 2016 report, the Monroe Metropolitan Statistical Area has a total population of 170,053 people.

Monroe, Louisiana’s 2009 City Annual Financial Report claimed the largest employer in the city to be the Ouachita Parish School Board, responsible for 3,015 jobs.  St. Francis Medical Center came in second, employing 2,500 people, while Chase employs 2,000 locals.  Below these is Centurylink, with 1,400 employees around the Monroe, Louisiana area, and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, with 1,200 on staff.

The University of Louisiana at Monroe, which opened in 1931 as Ouachita Parish Junior College, is now a coeducational public university and part of the University of Louisiana System.  As of 2015, the University of Louisiana at Monroe has a total endowment of $23,157,741.  Additionally, 8,854 students in total are enrolled into its various programs.

One of Monroe, Louisiana’s many landmarks has got to be the Monroe Civic Center.  The Monroe Civic Center, which opened in 1967, features a theatre, an arena, a convention center, a pavilion, and a conference hall.

Monroe, Louisiana is also home to the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo.  This zoological park features 80 acres and 500 animals.  Monroe, Louisiana is positively bursting with museums.  These museums include, but are certainly not limited to, the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum, the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens, Chennault Aviation & Military Museum, the Masur Museum of Arts, and the Northeast Louisiana Delta African-American Heritage Museum, which is part of Louisiana’s African American Heritage Trail.

If museums are not of interest, the city of Monroe, Louisiana is also home to quite a few golf courses.  These include the Bayou Desiard Country Club, the Chennault Golf Course, Frenchman’s Bend Country Club, and The Links at Muny, Forsythe Park.

Do you, by any chance, happen to be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Monroe, Louisiana area?  Have you thought about embarking upon such an ambitious and noble project?  The resources listed below could help guide you if you decide to do so:

Apply for a Business License in Monroe, Louisiana:

Louisiana Small Business Development Center:

Monroe Chamber of Commerce:

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