Monroe, Wisconsin
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Official seal of Monroe, Wisconsin
Swiss Cheese Capital of the USA
Location of Monroe in Green County, Wisconsin.
Location of Monroe in Green County, Wisconsin.
Monroe, Wisconsin is located in Wisconsin
Monroe, Wisconsin
Monroe, Wisconsin
Monroe, Wisconsin is located in the United States
Monroe, Wisconsin
Monroe, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 42°36′N 89°38′W / 42.600°N 89.633°W / 42.600; -89.633Coordinates: 42°36′N 89°38′W / 42.600°N 89.633°W / 42.600; -89.633
Country United States
State Wisconsin
 • TypeCouncil-Manager Government
 • MayorDonna Douglas
 • Total5.60 sq mi (14.51 km2)
 • Land5.60 sq mi (14.51 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation1,056 ft (322 m)
 • Total10,661
 • Density1,886.61/sq mi (728.36/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s)608
FIPS code55–53750[4]
GNIS feature ID1569657[2]

Monroe, known as "the Swiss Cheese Capital of the USA", is a city in and the county seat of Green County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 10,661 at the 2020 census. The city is bordered by the Town of Monroe to the north and the Town of Clarno to the south.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.83 square miles (12.51 km2), all of it land.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $36,922, and the median income for a family was $47,361. Males had a median income of $32,050 versus $22,112 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,657. About 2.4% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 10,827 people, 4,810 households, and 2,781 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,241.6 inhabitants per square mile (865.5/km2). There were 5,101 housing units at an average density of 1,056.1 per square mile (407.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.8% White, 0.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 2.6% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.9% of the population.

There were 4,810 households, of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.8% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.2% were non-families. 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.87.

The median age in the city was 41.1 years. 22.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24% were from 25 to 44; 26.8% were from 45 to 64; and 18.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.


The School District of Monroe is the largest school district in Green County, serving around 2,700 pupils, and having an open enrollment procedure. The school district maintains Monroe High School, home of the Cheesemakers in the Badger Conference, Monroe Middle School, Abraham Lincoln Accelerated Learning Academy, Parkside Elementary School, and Northside Elementary School. The district also has an alternative high school and middle school, as well as a virtual school. St. Victor Catholic elementary school offers grades K (four years old) through 5.[7] Monroe has a campus of Blackhawk Technical College, the community's sole institution of post-secondary education.


Wisconsin State Highways



Monroe Municipal Airport (KEFT) serves the city and surrounding communities.

Recreational trails


Wisconsin and Southern Railroad serves the city with freight service. A branch line from Janesville ends at Badger State Ethanol.


Monroe's parks include Twining Park, where the city's Swiss bandshell is located; Recreation Park, home to the city swimming pool; and Honey Creek Park, the site of a skate park. Bunting/Jones Park is a small park with just one picnic table and a handgun range. The city is the eastern starting point for the Cheese Country Trail, a 47-mile multi-purpose recreational path, and the Badger State Trail, a bicycle and pedestrian-only trail in summer and an ATV/snowmobile trail in winter. The "Cheese Trail" extends from Mineral Point to Monroe, while the Badger State Trail runs from the state line to Madison and connects to the Jane Addams Trail in Illinois. Both are former railway corridors. Monroe is also home to Stateline Ice and Community Expo (S.L.I.C.E.), the only indoor ice-rink in Green County.

Notable people


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Wikisource has the text of a 1920 Encyclopedia Americana article about Monroe, Wis..