Communities / Monroe, Michigan

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Monroe, Michigan

urban • midwest, USA

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Located on the shore of Lake Erie, Monroe offers ample swimming, boating and other recreational activities.
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About Monroe

Located on the western shores of Lake Erie, Monroe is Michigan’s third-oldest community. As the largest city in Monroe County, historic preservation efforts and economic growth afford modern amenities while preserving the past. Known for its military conflicts during the War of 1812, Monroe is home to River Raisin National Battlefield Park. Take in a show at the River Raisin Center for the Arts or tour the Monroe County Historical Museum. With 35 parks spread across more than 530 acres, Monroe’s jogging and hiking trails offer scenic waterfront views. Park activities include pickleball courts, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts and playgrounds. Explore the Mark G. Worrell Memorial Trail at Frenchman’s Bend or walk the River Raisin Heritage Trail in Sterling State Park, enjoying the stunning shores of Lake Erie along the way. Encompassing 1,300 acres, Sterling State Park includes seven miles of trails and more than a mile of sandy beach. While you’re there, enjoy lakeside and lagoon fishing, as well as lakeside camping. Visit the nearby Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, the only one of its kind in North America. Historic downtown Monroe boasts many food options, including bars, bakeries and diners. A seasonal farmers market showcases county-grown fruits, vegetables and flowers, as well as homemade crafts. Monroe schools feature mainstream public schools, Catholic institutions, and Monroe County Community College. Rich history influences much of Monroe’s architecture, with most residential homes constructed in Colonial Revival, Victorian and Craftsman styles. Less than an hour’s drive from Detroit, and just 44 miles from Windsor, Canada, Monroe is an ideal location for day trips and adventures. Need to book a flight? The Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport offers direct flights to many locations including Baltimore, Maryland, Austin, Texas and New York, New York.

Population

20,462

Internet Speed Rating

75 Mbps

Closest Airport

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport • 25 mi

Weather (High/Low)

82 / 33

Median Home Value (3BR, 2BA)

$215,946

FUN FACT


Originally inhabited by the Potawatomi Indian tribe, Monroe, Michigan boasts easy access to food and transportation through Lake Erie and River Raisin. Later settled by French missionaries and fur traders, this riverfront town offers both scenic views and rich history.
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