Monroe, Connecticut

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Monroe, Connecticut

Introduction to Monroe, Connecticut

Monroe, Connecticut, in Fairfield county, is 10 miles NW of Milford, Connecticut and 57 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is included in the Bridgeport metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 19,247 people lived in Monroe.

Monroe History

The first European settlers arrived in this area in the early eighteenth century. Over the years, this area was called Ripton Parish, New Stratford, North Stratford and Huntington. It was finally incorporated as Monroe in 1823. The place was named in honor of the fifth US President, James Monroe.

Monroe and nearby Attractions

  • Great Hollow Lake
  • William E. Wolfe Park
  • Webb Mountain Park
  • Daniel Basset House
  • Stevenson Dam Hydroelectric Plant
  • Monroe Center Historic District

Things To Do In Monroe

There are parks in the town, which have facilities like sports courts and fields, playgrounds and picnic tables. The town also has important historical sites, some of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Golf lovers would enjoy the facilities available at the golf courses nearby.

Monroe Transportation

Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial is the nearest major airport.

Monroe Higher Education

The University of Bridgeport, Sacred Heart University and Fairfield University provide facilities for higher education.

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High Points

Monroe strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Connecticut):

Category Trophy
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Monroe Low Violent Crime
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Monroe Low Property Crime
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Monroe College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Monroe, Connecticut

Comparing Monroe to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Connecticut (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 10
Male Share of the Population 8 7
Age of the Population 7 4
Racial Diversity 4 6
Female Share of the Population 3 5
Senior Citizens 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 10 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 8
Low Property Crime 10 9

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Monroe Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles NW of Milford, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 57 miles NE of New York, New York
County Fairfield
Standard Zip Codes 06468
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.332
Longitude -73.207

Monroe Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 11.8 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 60 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.7 inches
Distance 12.1 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 57 F
Jul Temp 66 to 82 F
Oct Temp 46 to 63 F
Annual Precip 44.1 inches
Distance 16.6 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches
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Monroe Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 19,247 100%
Male 9,452 49.1%
Female 9,795 50.9%
Under 18 5,593 29.1%
18+ 13,654 70.9%
65+ 2,025 10.5%
Median Age 38.1
Average Family Size 3.31
White 18,453 95.9%
African-American 231 1.2%
Asian 292 1.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 15 0.1%
Other 96 0.5%
Mixed Race 160 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 482 2.5%

Estimated Monroe Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 19,650
Growth 403
Growth % 2.1%

Monroe Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Italian 27.1%
Irish 14.7%
German 9.6%
Polish 7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.9%
English 5.9%
US/American 3.9%
Hungarian 3%
Portuguese 2.4%
Swedish 1.9%
Greek 1.9%
Slovak 1.8%
French (except Basque) 1.6%
Russian 1.6%
Scottish 1.3%
French Canadian 1%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Czech 0.7%
European 0.6%
British 0.6%
Romanian 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Lebanese 0.5%
Dutch 0.5%
Welsh 0.4%
Norwegian 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
Albanian 0.3%
Northern European 0.3%
Afghan 0.3%
Armenian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Iranian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Monroe, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Stepney (06468)
Upper Stepney (06468)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Monroe Public Libraries

Monroe Public Library
Monroe, Connecticut
(203) 452-5458
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