Monroe, LA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2019 Population
203,457
13.9% 1-year growth
US Senator
Bill Cassidy
Republican Party
US Senator
John Kennedy
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
36.9
1.93% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
24.3%
4.98% 1-year increase
2019 Median Household Income
$40,119
3.23% 1-year decline
2019 Median Property Value
$127,600
4.71% 1-year decline
2019 Employed Population
81,524
12.7% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Monroe, LA had a population of 203k people with a median age of 36.9 and a median household income of $40,119. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Monroe, LA grew from 178,550 to 203,457, a 13.9% increase and its median household income declined from $41,456 to $40,119, a −3.23% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Monroe, LA are White (Non-Hispanic) (58%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (37.4%), White (Hispanic) (1.25%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.05%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.845%). 0% of the households in Monroe, LA speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

99.1% of the residents in Monroe, LA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Monroe, LA are Louisiana Delta Community College (1,960 degrees awarded in 2019), University of Louisiana at Monroe (1,673 degrees), and Unitech Training Academy-West Monroe (169 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Monroe, LA was $127,600, and the homeownership rate was 61.9%. Most people in Monroe, LA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Monroe, LA was 2 cars per household.

Monroe, LA borders Bastrop, LA, El Dorado, AR, and Ruston, LA.

Diversity

Monroe, LA is home to a population of 203k people, from which 99.1% are citizens. As of 2019, 1.74% of Monroe, LA residents were born outside of the country (3.55k people).

In 2019, there were 1.55 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (118k people) in Monroe, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 76.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.55k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Monroe, LA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    118k ± 452
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    76.1k ± 463
  3. White (Hispanic)
    2.55k ± 415
2.28%
Hispanic Population
4.64k people

In 2019, there were 1.55 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (118k people) in Monroe, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 76.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.55k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.28% of the people in Monroe, LA are hispanic (4.64k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Monroe, LA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.74%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
3.55k people
1.77%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
3.17k people

As of 2019, 1.74% of Monroe, LA residents (3.55k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Monroe, LA was 1.77%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

37
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.3
40
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2.4

In 2019, the median age of all people in Monroe, LA was 36.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Monroe, LA are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Monroe, LA residents was 36.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Honduras
    29,800 ± 4,225 people
  2. Mexico
    29,243 ± 4,185 people
  3. Vietnam
    19,860 ± 3,453 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Louisiana was Honduras, the natal country of 29,800 Louisiana residents, followed by Mexico with 29,243 and Vietnam with 19,860.

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Citizenship

99.1%
2019 Citizenship
99%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 99.1% of Monroe, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Monroe, LA was 99%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,907 ± 365
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,791 ± 358
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,348 ± 243

Monroe, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.18 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Louisiana, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Louisiana (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Louisiana. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Louisiana.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Louisiana across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Monroe, LA is $40,119. In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Monroe, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $85,425, followed by St. Tammany Parish, LA and Livingston Parish, LA, with respective values of $69,076 and $62,187.

Males in Louisiana have an average income that is 1.53 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,832. The income inequality in Louisiana (measured using the Gini index) is 0.467, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Monroe, LA employs 81.5k people. The largest industries in Monroe, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,041 people), Retail Trade (9,927 people), and Educational Services (8,345 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($76,802), Information ($50,301), and Manufacturing ($45,345).

Wages

Median Household Income

$40,119
2019 value
± $1,276
−3.23%
1 Year Growth
± 4.34%

Households in Monroe, LA have a median annual income of $40,119, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $41,456 in 2018, which represents a −3.23% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$65,629
Average Male Salary in Louisiana
± $1,670
$42,832
Average Female Salary in Louisiana
± $1,091

In 2019, full-time male employees in Louisiana made 1.53 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Louisiana by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Louisiana
  1. Asian
    $55,899 ± $9,117
  2. White
    $54,752 ± $1,264
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $45,815 ± $29,389

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Louisiana workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.02 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Louisiana.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Louisiana by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Monroe, LA is from Louisiana.
0.467
2019 Wage GINI in Louisiana
0.467
2018 Wage GINI in Louisiana

In 2019, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.467 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0759% growth from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Louisiana across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Monroe, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $85,425, followed by St. Tammany Parish, LA and Livingston Parish, LA, with respective values of $69,076 and $62,187.

The following map shows all of the counties in Monroe, LA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

24.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Monroe, LA (47.5k out of 195k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. Black
    30,160 ± 1,113
  2. White
    15,787 ± 1,001
  3. Hispanic
    1,159 ± 259

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Monroe, LA is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

81.5k
2019 Value
± 2,130
12.7%
1 Year growth
± 3.38%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Monroe, LA grew at a rate of 12.7%, from 72.3k employees to 81.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Monroe, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,510 people), Sales & Related Occupations (8,974 people), and Management Occupations (6,245 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Monroe, LA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Monroe, LA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,510 people), Sales & Related Occupations (8,974 people), and Management Occupations (6,245 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Monroe, LA has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.79 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (1.65 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.54 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Monroe, LA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($65,756), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($63,050), and Management Occupations ($55,731).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

81.5k
2019 Value
± 2,130
12.7%
1 Year growth
± 3.38%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Monroe, LA grew at a rate of 12.7%, from 72.3k employees to 81.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Monroe, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,041 people), Retail Trade (9,927 people), and Educational Services (8,345 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Monroe, LA, though some of these residents may live in Monroe, LA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Monroe, LA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,041 people), Retail Trade (9,927 people), and Educational Services (8,345 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Monroe, LA has an unusually high number of Information (1.92 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.84 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.24 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Monroe, LA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($76,802), Information ($50,301), and Manufacturing ($45,345).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $105B
  2. $70.3B
  3. $67.3B

In 2018, the top outbound Louisiana product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $105B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($70.3B) and Fuel oils ($67.3B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Louisiana products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

Showing data for Louisiana.
$490B
2018 Value in Louisiana
$814B
Projected 2045 Value in Louisiana
66% growth

In 2018, total outbound Louisiana trade was $490B. This is expected to increase 66% to $814B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Louisiana trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $43.7B
  2. $34.6B
  3. $17.2B

In 2018, the top outbound Louisiana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $43.7B, followed by Mississippi with $34.6B and Florida and $17.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Louisiana shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Louisiana went to Donald J. Trump with 58.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (38.4%), followed by Gary Johnson (1.87%). The most partisan county was LaSalle Parish, LA with 88.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing the state of Louisiana. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Louisiana is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Louisiana
58.1% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Louisiana
  1. 88.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 88.2% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 84.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Louisiana was LaSalle Parish, LA with 88.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Louisiana colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Louisiana

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Bill Cassidy
Senator from Louisiana2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
John Kennedy
Senator from Louisiana3
Assumed office on January 3, 2017

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing Louisiana.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Louisiana over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Louisiana

Louisiana is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Louisiana have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Monroe, LA awarded 3,997 degrees. The student population of Monroe, LA is skewed towards women, with 4,961 male students and 8,867 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Monroe, LA are White (2,082 and 53.1%), followed by Black or African American (1,364 and 34.8%), Unknown (188 and 4.79%), and Hispanic or Latino (100 and 2.55%).

The largest universities in Monroe, LA by number of degrees awarded are Louisiana Delta Community College (1,960 and 49%), University of Louisiana at Monroe (1,673 and 41.9%), and Unitech Training Academy-West Monroe (169 and 4.23%).

The most popular majors in Monroe, LA are Welding Technology (797 and 19.9%), Health Aide (225 and 5.63%), and Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (219 and 5.48%).

The median tuition cost in Monroe, LA for a public four year colleges is $5,788 for in-state students and $17,888 for out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 128 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 744 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 225 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Monroe, LA was Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant with 128 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Monroe, LA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,960 degrees awarded
  2. 1,673 degrees awarded
  3. 169 degrees awarded
$5,788
Median In-State Public

In 2019, the Monroe, LA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Louisiana Delta Community College with 1,960 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,683
Degrees Awarded to Men
2,314
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 1,683 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Monroe, LA, which is 0.727 times less than the 2,314 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Monroe, LA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,082 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    1,364 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    188 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Monroe, LA was White students. These 2,082 degrees mean that there were 1.53 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,364 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Monroe, LA was $127,600 in 2019, which is 0.531 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $133,900 to $127,600, a 4.71% decrease. The homeownership rate in Monroe, LA is 61.9%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Monroe, LA have an average commute time of 21.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Monroe, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$127,600
2019 Median
± $4,671
$133,900
2018 Median
± $5,270

In 2019, the median property value in Monroe, LA declined from to $127,600 from the previous year's value of $133,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Monroe, LA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Monroe, LA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$40,119
Median Household Income
± $1,276
73.9k
Number of Households
± 1,843

In 2019, the median household income of the 73.9k households in Monroe, LA declined from $40,119 from the previous year's value of $41,456.

The following chart displays the households in Monroe, LA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Monroe, LA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Monroe, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

61.9%
2019 Homeownership
61.8%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 61.9% of the housing units in Monroe, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 61.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Monroe, LA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

21.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Monroe, LA have a shorter commute time (21.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.73% of the workforce in Monroe, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (85.2%)
  2. Carpooled (9.3%)
  3. Worked At Home (2.31%)

In 2019, 85.2% of workers in Monroe, LA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.3%) and those who worked at home (2.31%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Monroe, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Monroe, LA have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

90.4% of the population of Monroe, LA has health coverage, with 39.4% on employee plans, 26.9% on Medicaid, 11.6% on Medicare, 10.8% on non-group plans, and 1.66% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Louisiana was $7,815 in 2014. This is a 4.38% increase from the previous year ($7,487).

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see 1466 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.01% decrease from the previous year (1496 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1778 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 329 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Claiborne Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes (25.4%). Additionally, Sabine Parish has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (50.8%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,466 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Louisiana

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see an average of 1,466 patients per year. This represents a 2.01% decrease from the previous year (1,496 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Louisiana in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,815
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Louisiana
$4,420
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$6,281
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$11,811
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Louisiana (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.38%, from $7,487 to $7,815.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

9.59%
Uninsured
39.4%
Employer Coverage
26.9%
Medicaid
11.6%
Medicare
10.8%
Non-Group
1.66%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Monroe, LA declined by 14.6% from 11.2% to 9.59%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Monroe, LA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 25.4% prevalence
  2. 22.6% prevalence
  3. 22.1% prevalence

Claiborne Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana, at 25.4%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana by county over multiple years.

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