Introduction to Monroe, Georgia

Monroe, Georgia, in Walton county, is 22 miles SW of Athens, Georgia and 38 miles E of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is included in the Atlanta metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 11,407 people lived in Monroe.

Monroe History

Monroe was originally known as Spring Place. The city was later named after James Monroe, the 5th President of United States. In 1821, it became the county seat. Monroe is also known as the City of Governors, as four Georgia Governors were born or grew up here.

Monroe and nearby Attractions

  • McDaniel Tichenor House
  • Church - Waddel - Brumby House
  • Hard Labor Creek State Park
  • Georgia Museum of Art
  • Yellow River Game Ranch
  • Zoo Atlanta Playspace

Things To Do In Monroe

While in the city of Monroe, you can visit the Davis Edwards House and the McDaniel - Tichenor House. Club Park, Monroe Commercial Historic District, Hammond Street Park, the East Church Street Historic District, Dennis Coker City Park, Mathews Park, Monland Place Historic District and the McDaniel Street Historic District are also popular destinations in Monroe. In addition, the city organizes several recreational events all through the year.

Monroe Transportation

Air transportation is available from Athens-Ben EPPS Airport.

Monroe Higher Education

Gwinnett Technical College, Gainesville College, Emory University and the University of Georgia are among the nearby institutes of higher education.


Total Population 13,476
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 13.1%
Employed Population 16+ 5,128
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 33.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $36,213
% Above Poverty Level 68.3%
% Below Poverty Level 31.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 23.1%
Median Gross Rent $735
Median House Value $110,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 49.4%
US/American 0%
English 5.1%
Irish 9.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Monroe Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 22 miles SW of Athens, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 38 miles E of Atlanta, Georgia
County Walton
Metro Area Atlanta
Standard Zip Codes 30655, 30656
Phone Area Codes 770
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.794
Longitude -83.713

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 11.5 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 52 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 50 to 74 F
Annual Precip 50 inches
Station WINDER 1 SSE
Distance 13 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 72 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 49 to 71 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches
Distance 17.8 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 52 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 49.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bethlehem 700 $41,875
Bostwick 528 $98,750
Good Hope 236 $55,625
Jersey 126 $0
Loganville 10,855 $66,667
Social Circle 4,304 $44,727

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Monroe Hospitals

(770) 267-1888
Emergency Service: Yes

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Monroe High Schools

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,192 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

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