Ouachita Parish

Ouachita Parish is located in northeast Louisiana.

Ouachita Parish is located in northeast Louisiana.

Located on the Ouachita River, the parish, Monroe and West Monroe offer a taste of Louisiana history, art, entertainment, food and family fun. The Parish is bordered by Union Parish (north); Morehouse Parish (northeast); Richland Parish (east); Caldwell Parish (south), Jackson Parish (southeast) and Lincoln Parish (west). Begin your adventures at the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Foundation, consisting of a Bible Museum and Research Center, the family home, and Elsong Gardens. Browse through the Masur Museum of Art, a gothic home of permanent collections as well as special exhibits. Discover West Monroe’s Antique Alley, a three-block array of interesting shops in 1880s buildings. Enjoy a cruise aboard the Twin City Queen on the Ouachita River or a family outing at Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo. Experience unforgettable food: stewed vegetables, smoked meats, steaming biscuits, a cool slide of pie…the southern blue-plate feast. With a medley of attractions and quality hotels, Monroe and West Monroe have a menu sure to satisfy your vacation cravings. For more information, contact: Monroe/West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Parish Seat



City of Monroe – Mayor James E. Mayo
Town of Sterlington – Mayor Vern Breland
Town of West Monroe – Mayor Dave Norris
Town of Richwood – Mayor Steve B. Hunter

Parish Government

Ouachita Parish Police Jury
P.O. Box 3007
Monroe, LA 71210
Telephone: (318) 327-1340
Fax: (318) 327-1339
Email: bcammack@oppj.org

President – Shane Smiley
Vice President – Walt Caldwell, IV
Recording Secretary – Deborah Sewell

Police Jury Members
District A: Scotty Robinson
District B: Mack Calhoun
District C: Walter M. Caldwell IV
District D: Dr. Ollibeth Reddix
District E: Shane Smiley
District G: Pat Moore

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Contact this Parish

Monroe / West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau
601 Constitution Drive
P.O. Box 1436
West Monroe, LA 71292
318-387-5691, Phone
318-324-1752, Fax

For more information, contact the following partners listed in the partners section

  • Monroe Chamber of Commerce
  • City of Monroe Economic Development
  • I-20 Economic Development District Renewal, INC
  • Sterlington Chamber of Commerce
  • African American Chamber of Commerce
  • West Monroe Chamber of Commerce
  • City of West Monroe Economic Development
  • Southside Economic Development District
  • Greater Ouachita Port Commission
  • Calhoun Chamber of Commerce

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Quick Facts about Ouachita Parish
Land area 611.0 square miles (391,035 acres)
Water area 21.8 square miles (13,930 acres)
Location Latitude 32.48 degrees North, Longitude 92.16 degrees West.
Estimated population (2011) 154,919
Major highways Interstate 20, US Highways 80 and 165, Louisiana Highways 2, 15, and 34
In 2011 health care and social assistance was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $38,740.
Demographics for Ouachita Parish
People and Income Overview
(by place of residence)
Population (2011) 154,919
Growth (since 2010) 0.8%
Households (2011) 64,689
Labor Force (persons in 2011) 61,434
Unemployment Rate (2011) 8.1%
Per Capita Personal Income (2011) $22,470
Median Household Income (2011) $39,724
Poverty Rate (2011) 21.9%
High School Diploma or more – Adults 25+ (2011) 84.0%
Bachelor’s Degree or more – Adults 25+ (2011) 23.2%
Industry Overview (2011)
(by place of work)
Covered Employment 68,656
Average wage per job $36,712
Manufacturing – all jobs in Parish 10.0%
Average wage per job $52,832
Transportation and Warehousing – all jobs in Parish 2.6%
Average wage per job $45,708
Healthcare, Social Assistance – all jobs in Parish 16.2%
Average wage per job $38,740
Finance and Insurance – all jobs in Parish 4.9%
Average wage per job $40,716