Monroe, North Carolina is proud to be the cultural and commercial hub of Union County, one of NC’s fastest growing regions. This delightful city of 26,228 citizens (Census 2000 data) dates back to 1844. Many of the original buildings still stand in historic Downtown Monroe.
The 1886 Victorian Italianate Courthouse in the central square sets the tone for Monroe. Lovely Japanese Zelkova trees line the streets lit by gaslight lamps in the evenings. A seventeen-stop walking tour takes visitors past numerous works of splendid architecture and sparkling fountains. Monroe became a railroad market town in 1874 and the two-terminaldepot still remains.
Union County residents congregate in Monroe for a variety of festivals and events. TheCelebration of Trees Gala is a pre-Christmas affair that includes a silent auction of fine holiday decorations. The Blooming Arts Festival sponsored by the Union County Arts Councileach spring draws patrons from all around to view the local arts, crafts and quilts. Music on the Plaza provides live music each Friday at lunch hour.
Monroe, NC claims a superb business location directly on the busy Highway 74 corridor. Situated only 24 miles east of the dynamic city of Charlotte, Monroe provides a quick getaway for harried city dwellers. A number of fine restaurants and one-of-a-kind boutiques await shoppers. Union County maintains a variety of golf courses among its lush rolling hillsides, and Monroe is home to the Monroe Country Club, designed by the famed Donald Ross. Monroe’s gentle climate makes golf enjoyable year-round.
The Monroe Economic Development Org. works hand in had with new businesses. Maintaining a strong pro-business attitude, they offer numerous incentives and financing. Building costs are low here, less than 80% of the national average. Union County cost of living indexes stay consistently lower than other parts of the Charlotte Metro Area. A wide array of housing awaits potential buyers, from historic mansions to brand new suburban ranch homes. Union County public schools are some of the best in North Carolina and 18 colleges and universities lie within a 40-mile radius of Monroe.
Monroe, North Carolina shelters its citizens with its exquisite grace and charm. From a dynamic past, Monroe looks forward to a prosperous future.