Monroe, situated in Union County, is a city made up of 24.9 square miles.
August 14, 2017
Monroe was settled during the colonial era. The city was named in honor of President James Monroe.
Monroe was home to the "Kissing Case", in which two young African American boys were to be prosecuted for kissing a white girl, who was their age, on the cheek. The North Carolina governor pardoned the boys, after Eleanor Roosevelt reached out to him.
The median resident age in Monroe is 33 years. The median estimated household income is about $46,000 making it about $2,000 less than the North Carolina average.
The estimated per capita is about $21,000. The average price for a home in Monroe is about $159,000 (2015) which is $1,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $880 a month for rent.
The racial makeup of Monroe is 45% White, 27% Hispanic, 24% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 3% other. 75% of the population are high school graduates, with 17% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 49% are married, 9% are divorced, 4% are separated, 5% are widowed, leaving 33% that have never been married.
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Monroe belongs to Union County in the Southern part of North Carolina. The County, which was home to the Kissing Case during the Civil Rights Movement in 1958, is a part of the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area, has a population of 201,300. The county's largest city and county seat, Monroe, has a population of 32,800.
Union County borders Cabarrus, Stanly, Anson, Mecklenburg, Lancaster (SC), and Chesterfield (SC) counties.
Union County is made up of 640 square miles. 632 of which is land with the remaining 8 as water.
The population of Monroe, NC is about 33,000. The population has been steadily increasing since its founding.
The elevation of Monroe, NC is 591 feet above sea level.
The zip code for Monroe, NC is 28110.
The area code for Monroe, NC is 704.
Historically speaking Monroe and Union County have voted mostly Republican, with 65% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.
As of 2010, 49% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 41% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 10%.
The unemployment rate for Monroe is about 5% (2015), making it equal to the state average of around 5%.
Construction, production, and sales make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.
The Enquirer Journal is the primary newspaper that covers the Union County area.