I left Monroe 4 years ago because I could see the townhill spiral then. The city is poor, crime is rising, increase in drugs, and businesses are leaving and none coming in. My sister who lives there does not feel comfortable herself. The largest employer, Century Link, has executives in Denver running the Company, because no one wants to move to Monroe. In 2020, the Company willl be allowed to leave and will. This is sad but true.
The encroachment of crime is now in North Monroe in the nicest neighborhoods. Property value is down. Residents are moving out.
This article speaks the truth. Monroe is a horrible city to live in. I knew it was bad, but the highest rate of violent crimes in the country just a year ago and third this year, yikes. It seems to me to have been on a downward slide for quite a while now too. A very poor city indeed, and it shows everywhere you look. It is one of the poorest looking, eyesores I have ever seen for a town of its size, at least in the city limits. The schools could be better, but I have seen much worse in this area of the state. That's probably one of the only things that doesn't line up with this awful place. For the highest per capita violent crime in the nation, you would think the schools would be much worse...very strange. Extreme poverty and rampant drug use are the biggest factors imo, and we have them both in spades. I would bet Monroe has some of the highest per capita users of drugs in the country as well, specifically m**h, crack, and opioids. And if you spend much time here, I hope you have a very good imagination and are easily entertained, because there is literally NOTHING TO DO...ever. I think the constant boredom that comes with a place like this is probably another driving force in the rampant criminal behavior here. I am suddenly overcome with the desire to move...
There is absolutely nothing special or memorable about this place at all. Everyone that will inevitably have some great praise to sing about anything in this town has clearly never been very far from this town. Monroe is worse than mediocrity in just about everything imaginable.