Introduction to Monroe, Wisconsin

Monroe, Wisconsin, in Green county, is 32 miles W of Janesville, Wisconsin and 92 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As of the year 2000 census, 10,843 people lived in Monroe.

Monroe History

The City of Monroe is the largest city in Green County. It is known as the"swiss Cheese Capital of the U.S.A." John B. Skinner was one of the earliest settlers in the city. In 1834, Nicholas Cornelius visited Monroe and soon began building and developing the area.

Monroe and nearby Attractions

  • Historic Cheesemaking Center
  • Yellowstone Lake State Park
  • Cadiz Springs State Park
  • Albany Historical Museum
  • Cedarville Historical Museum
  • Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Things To Do In Monroe

The Cadiz Spring State Park, the Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park and the New Glarus Woods State Park are all accessible from Monroe. The Historic Cheesemaking Center is a popular local spot as well.

Monroe Transportation

Dane County Regional Airport is located nearby.

Monroe Higher Education

Local colleges and universities include the University of Wisconsin and the Madison Area Technical College.


Total Population 10,807
Male Share of the Population 46.1%
Female Share of the Population 53.9%
Senior Citizens 20.8%
Employed Population 16+ 5,269
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 47.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.5%
Median Earnings25+ $31,526
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,715
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,464


Median Family Income $53,017
% Above Poverty Level 84.8%
% Below Poverty Level 15.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.6%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 34.6%
Median Gross Rent $648
Median House Value $123,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.7%
US/American 0%
English 8.4%
Irish 11.4%

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

Monroe Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 32 miles W of Janesville, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 92 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Green
Standard Zip Codes 53566
Phone Area Codes 608
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.601
Longitude -89.638

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 5.8 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 26 F
Apr Temp 35 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 61 F
Annual Precip 32.9 inches
Distance 13 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 26 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 61 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches
Distance 20.9 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 25 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 61 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Albany 1,268 $54,583
Argyle 785 $46,607
Brodhead 3,323 $59,792
Browntown 292 $63,438
Monticello 1,182 $65,000
South Wayne 447 $47,250

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

Monroe Public Libraries

Monroe Public Library
925 16TH AVE.
Monroe, Wisconsin
(608) 325-3016
Library Web Site

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Monroe Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
515 22ND AVE
(608) 324-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Monroe High Schools

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1600 26TH ST
Serves 851 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.2

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Serves 40 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.6

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Serves 29 students.

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