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Monroe, Iowa
Downtown Monroe
Downtown Monroe
Location of Monroe, Iowa
Location of Monroe, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°31′19″N 93°6′13″W / 41.52194°N 93.10361°W / 41.52194; -93.10361Coordinates: 41°31′19″N 93°6′13″W / 41.52194°N 93.10361°W / 41.52194; -93.10361
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Jasper
Area
 • Total 1.69 sq mi (4.39 km2)
 • Land 1.69 sq mi (4.39 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
925 ft (282 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,967
 • Density 1,160.5/sq mi (448.06/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50170
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-53355
GNIS feature ID 0459177

Monroe is a city in Jasper and Marion counties in Iowa, United States. The population was 1,967 at the time of the 2020 census.

History

Monroe was laid out in 1851 by Adam Tool and was originally called Tool's Point. The name was soon changed to Monroe.

Geography

Monroe's longitude and latitude coordinates
in decimal form are 41.521880, -93.103492.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.69 square miles (4.38 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 982 —    
1890 952 −3.1%
1900 917 −3.7%
1910 800 −12.8%
1920 936 +17.0%
1930 936 +0.0%
1940 1,015 +8.4%
1950 1,108 +9.2%
1960 1,366 +23.3%
1970 1,389 +1.7%
1980 1,875 +35.0%
1990 1,739 −7.3%
2000 1,808 +4.0%
2010 1,830 +1.2%
2020 1,967 +7.5%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,830 people, 770 households, and 527 families living in the city. The population density was 1,082.8 inhabitants per square mile (418.1/km2). There were 839 housing units at an average density of 496.4 per square mile (191.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.7% White, 0.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.

There were 770 households, of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.6% were non-families. 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.87.

The median age in the city was 38.6 years. 24.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.4% were from 25 to 44; 25.5% were from 45 to 64; and 16.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.9% male and 50.1% female.

Education

The PCM Community School District operates public schools serving the community. It was a part of the Monroe School District, known prior to July 1, 1978 as the New Monroe school district, until it merged with the Prairie City district into PCM on July 1, 1991. Monroe is home to Monroe Elementary School and PCM Community High School while the middle school is in Prairie City.

Notable people

  • Bucky O'Connor (1913–1958), head coach of the Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball team from 1949 to 1958
  • Bonnie Lucas (1956-), radio personality
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