Welcome to Monroe

Welcome to the Twin Cities of Monroe and West Monroe, Louisiana. Hopefully during your visit you can experience some of the local history and flavor and see why we consider our Twin Cities a special place.

Ouachita Parish is located in northeastern Louisiana approximately halfway between New Orleans and Memphis. The Ouachita River runs through the Twin Cities. On its east bank is Monroe, with approximately 54,000 residents and encompassing 31.2 square miles. On the west bank, West Monroe encompasses 7 square miles and has approximately 15,000 residents. The parish is 643 square miles in size and has a population of almost 150,000.

The Twin Cities' two school systems, Monroe City and Ouachita Parish, operate elementary schools, junior and high schools. More than 28,000 students attend the two systems.

There are several private and denominational schools in the Monroe-West Monroe area, offering classes from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.

The University of Louisiana at Monroe is a four- year university with an enrollment of more than 8,000 students. ULM offers 85 degreed programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Louisiana Delta Community College has a growing enrollment and offers several associate degrees, including a program in process technology.

The Monroe Regional Airport has daily flights from four airlines Delta, Northwest Airlink, Continental and American Airline.

For arts and theater enthusiasts, the Twin Cities offers Masur Museum of Art; Twin City Ballet Company; Monroe Symphony Orchestra; Madrigal Dinners; Brown Bag Concerts and University of Louisiana at Monroe Concert Series. The Strauss Playhouse offers regular performances throughout the year and Impresario's Choice offers a Broadway Series at the Monroe Civic Center. The Monroe Civic Center has a variety of performances and concerts each year.

In addition to sampling excellent food and experiencing true hospitality, visitors can enjoy sightseeing in the Twin Cities. Some favorite stops include Antique Alley and the Historic Cotton Port District; Emy-Lou Biedenharn Foundation which includes the Bible Research Museum, the Biedenharn Home and the Elsong Garden and Conservatory, Layton Castle, Kiroli Park; Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo; Aviation Historical Museum of Louisiana, Inc. and Pecanland Mall.