Home to a bustling shopping center, beautiful downtown district and loads of scenic delta landscape, the city of West Monroe, La., is one of the most beautiful cities in the South. Conveniently located near Interstate 20, but still rural enough to boast some of the best recreational activities along the banks of the Ouachita River, many residents who live in West Monroe apartments for rent enjoy their diverse and laid-back way of life. Living here is easy on your bank account, too. According to City-Data, the cost of living index in this cozy town is more that 13 points below the nation's average, making it a very affordable place to live, work and play. West Monroe also prides itself on being a community of families, as more than 48 percent of residents here are married.
West Monroe was technically formed as a combination of two towns - Trenton and Cotton Port. Many people were attracted to this area because of its ideal location near the Ouachita River and its fertile fields that soon began growing West Monroe's biggest cash crop, cotton. The city has undergone a lot of hardships over the years with the Civil War, fires and floods, but West Monroe has always had the spirit of pulling itself up and starting over again, showing the grit of this community. Today, West Monroe prides itself on still being self-sufficient and safe, being the state's first city to have its own nationally accredited police force. Many residents enjoy living here because it is a small town where you get to know your neighbors, but still has all of the big-city amenities.According to 2010 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the city is home to more than 13,000 residents.
The natural beauty of West Monroe is unrivaled in Louisiana, which explains why so many people who live here like to picnic, fish and hike along the nature trails near the Ouachita River. According to the city's website, this waterway was named by National Geographic as one of the the country's top 10 most beautiful rivers.
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