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Ouachita Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 153,720. The parish was formed in 1807. The
parish seat is Monroe. The parish is
named in honor of the Ouachita Native American people.
Ouachita Parish is part of the Monroe, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The parish was named in honor of the Ouachita Native American people.
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Ouachita Parish was created on March 31, 1807. It is one of the 19 parishes, which were created by dividing the Territory of New Orleans. The parish was named in honor of the Ouachita Native American people. The Parish seat is Monroe.
The Ouachita River separates Monroe from West Monroe near the parish courthouse.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 632 square miles (1,640 km2), of which 610 square miles (1,600 km2) is land and 21 square miles (54 km2) (3.4%) is water.
Ouachita Parish is located in north Louisiana. The Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge and part of the D'Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge are National protected areas located in this parish. The Ouachita River runs through this parish.
Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:
Ouachita Parish School Board serves areas outside of the City of Monroe. Monroe City School System serves areas within Monroe. Monroe is also the home of the University of Louisiana at Monroe.