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Overview

Introduction to Monroe, New York

Monroe, New York, in Orange county, is 27 miles N of Paterson, New Jersey and 41 miles N of Newark, New Jersey. As of the year 2000 census, 7,780 people lived in Monroe.

Monroe History

Monroe was organized in 1799, as the Dutch were the first European settlers in the area. Soon after, many English families from Long Island were drawn to the area, and started using it for farming purposes. The Town of Monroe was originally known as Chesekook, but it was later renamed in honor of President James Monroe. Monroe was incorporated as a village on July 30, 1894.

Monroe and nearby Attractions

  • Museum Village
  • Goosepond Mountain State Park
  • Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
  • Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame
  • New Jersey Botanical Garden
  • Palisades Interstate Park

Things To Do In Monroe

Monroe is home to the Museum Village. This living history museum houses artifacts reflecting 19th century life in this area. At the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, visitors can view collections of photographs, fine art, trophies and memorabilia. The Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site commemorates the site where Gen. "Mad Anthony" Wayne defeated the British forces in the Revolutionary War. Palisades Interstate Park, Storm King State Park and Harriman State Park are the local parks.

Monroe Transportation

Air transportation is available from Stewart International Airport.

Monroe Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the Rockland Community College, Ramapo College of New Jersey and Orange County Community College.

People

Total Population 41,159
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 5.4%
Employed Population 16+ 14,635
Age of the Population 21

Families

% of people married 63%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.5%
Median Earnings25+ $44,373
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,839
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,110

Wealth

Median Family Income $68,162
% Above Poverty Level 67.5%
% Below Poverty Level 32.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 4.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.3%
% Using Public Transportation 12%

Housing

People Living Alone 13.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,206
Median House Value $327,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 2.1%
Irish 11.2%

Monroe Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 27 miles N of Paterson, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 41 miles N of Newark, New Jersey
County Orange
Standard Zip Codes 10950
Phone Area Codes 845
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.33
Longitude -74.187

Monroe Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station WEST POINT
Distance 12 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 35 F
Apr Temp 40 to 60 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 44 to 62 F
Annual Precip 50.5 inches
Station SUFFERN
Distance 14.9 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
Station MIDDLETOWN 2 NW
Distance 16.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 64 F
Annual Precip 44 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Harriman 2,771 $64,523

Monroe Public Libraries

Library
Monroe Free Library
44 MILLPOND PARKWAY
Monroe, New York
(845) 783-4411
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