Monroe County, Pennsylvania

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Monroe County, Pennsylvania
File:Monroe County Courthouse Nov 09.jpg
Monroe County Courthouse
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Monroe County
Location in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded April 1, 1836
Named for James Monroe[1]
Seat Stroudsburg
Largest borough East Stroudsburg
 • Total 617 sq mi (1,598 km2)
 • Land 608 sq mi (1,575 km2)
 • Water 9.0 sq mi (23 km2), 1.5%
Population (est.)
 • (2014) 166,314
 • Density 274/sq mi (106/km²)
Congressional districts 10th, 17th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Monroe County is a county in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 169,842.[2] Its county seat is Stroudsburg.[3] The county was formed from the northern section of Northampton County. Named in honor of James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, the county is located in the east of the state, along its border with New Jersey.

Monroe County comprises the East Stroudsburg, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area. It is located in the northeastern section of Pennsylvania.

The county is home to East Stroudsburg University. Monroe County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the state of Pennsylvania. Not only has the population increased by over 70% since 1990, but the commercial and retail sectors have grown significantly, as well. There are many new shopping centers, and even more are being constructed and are currently being planned at this time.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 617 square miles (1,600 km2), of which 608 square miles (1,570 km2) is land and 9.0 square miles (23 km2) (1.5%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties

National protected areas


Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 9,879
1850 13,270 34.3%
1860 16,758 26.3%
1870 18,362 9.6%
1880 20,175 9.9%
1890 20,111 −0.3%
1900 21,161 5.2%
1910 22,941 8.4%
1920 24,295 5.9%
1930 28,286 16.4%
1940 29,802 5.4%
1950 33,773 13.3%
1960 39,567 17.2%
1970 45,422 14.8%
1980 69,409 52.8%
1990 95,709 37.9%
2000 138,687 44.9%
2010 169,842 22.5%
Est. 2014 166,314 [5] −2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[2]

As of the census[10] of 2010, there were 176,567 people, 49,454 households, and 36,447 families residing in the county. The population density was 228 people per square mile (88/km²). There were 67,581 housing units at an average density of 111 per square mile (43/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.5% White Non-Hispanic, 5.6% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 3.2% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.42% from other races, and 1.99% from two or more races. 9.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 19.9% were of German, 16.8% Italian, 14.5% Irish, 5.4% Polish, 5.1% American and 5.1% English ancestry according to Census 2000. It is one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation.

There were 49,454 households out of which 36.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.70% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.30% were non-families. 20.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 28.80% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.40 males.

Metropolitan Statistical Area

File:New York Metropolitan Area Counties 2013.png
The New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT-PA (CSA) and the included Pennsylvania Counties

The United States Office of Management and Budget has designated Monroe County of Pennsylvania as the East Stroudsburg, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.[11] As of the 2010 United States Census the Metro area had a population of 169,842. The area ranks 12th most populous in the state of Pennsylvania and ranks 244th most populous in the United States.

The United States Office of Management and Budget also has designated Monroe County as part of the larger New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area.[11] The larger combined area consists of the Lehigh Valley counties of Carbon, Lehigh and Northampton as well as Pike County in Pennsylvania, and several other Metro areas from the States of New Jersey and New York. As of the 2010 US Census, the population of the CSA was 23,076,664, making it the most populous Combined Statistical Area in the United States.


Party registration leans toward the Democratic Party, a result of continued migration to the county by former New York City residents, many of whom are Democrats. While in the 2004 U.S. presidential election the county was carried by Republican George W. Bush by a margin of four votes, Democrat Barack Obama carried Monroe County in the 2008 U.S. presidential election by a 17-point margin, 58% to 41%. The other three 2008 statewide Democratic candidates also carried the county handily.

As of November 2008, there are 113,960 registered voters in Monroe County.

  • Democratic: 53,801 (47.21%)
  • Republican: 38,905 (34.14%)
  • Other Parties: 21,254 (18.65%)

County commissioners

  • John Moyer, Chairman, Republican
  • Charles Garris, Republican
  • Suzanne McCool, Democratic

Other county offices

  • Controller, Marlo Merhige, Republican
  • Coroner, Robert Allen
  • Jury Commissioner, Pam Bisbing, Republican
  • District Attorney, E. David Christine, Jr., Republican
  • Prothonotary, George Warden, Republican
  • Recorder of Deeds and Register of Wills, Helen Diecidue, Republican
  • Sheriff, Todd Martin, Republican
  • Treasurer, Claudette Seager, Democratic

State Representatives

  • David C. Parker, Republican, 115th district
  • Jack Rader, Jr., Republican, 176th district
  • Rosemary Brown, Republican, 189th district[12]

State Senators

After 2010 redistricting divided into 2 senatorial districts.[13]

U.S. Representative

U.S. Senators



Public transportation throughout the county is provided by the Monroe County Transit Authority, known as the "Pocono Pony".[14] MCTA operates a fixed route bus system[15] and a paratransit curb to curb service for eligible populations.[16]


Map of Monroe County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

Colleges and universities

Public school districts

Charter schools

  • Evergreen Community Charter School, Cresco, PA
  • Pocono Mountain Charter School, Tobyhanna, PA **charter revoked by PDE 2014**[17]

Technology schools

Monroe Career & Technical Institute, Bartonsville, PA

Private schools

  • Art Learning Center, East Stroudsburg, PA
  • Character Builders Christian Academy, Pocono Pines, PA
  • East Stroudsburg Christian Academy, East Stroudsburg, PA **closed in 2012**
  • Monsignor McHugh School, Cresco, PA
  • Notre Dame Elementary School, East Stroudsburg, PA
  • Notre Dame High School, East Stroudsburg, PA
  • Pocono Central Catholic High School, Cresco, PA **closed in 1988**
  • St Pauls Lutheran Pre-School, East Stroudsburg, PA
  • Stroudsburg 7th Day Adventists School, Stroudsburg, PA
  • Triumphant & Excellence Academy 1, East Stroudsburg, PA
  • Triumphant & Excellence Academy 2 TEA Institute, Tobyhanna, PA
  • Triumphant Living Heritage, Marshalls Creek, PA
  • Victory Baptist Christian School, Brodheadsville, PA

Private schools are as reported in EdNA school database maintained and published by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2011

Other Notable Resources

In addition to its rich cultural heritage, Monroe County is home to much of the Pennsylvania portion of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Sullivan Trail (The portion of the route of General John Sullivan's famous march of 1778 from Easton to New York that reaches from Tannersville to Pocono Pines. This trail leads to the road that scales Big Pocono Mountain, one of the highest points in the Poconos that offers magnificent vistas.), Sanofi Pasteur (manufacturer of vaccines), Pocono Raceway (home of two major NASCAR events held annually), Camelbeach Water Park and Camelback Ski Area, Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, The Crossings Premium Outlets (named the number one outlet center in North America by the Outlet Retail Merchants Association (ORMA) for 2000–2001), three state parks (Big Pocono State Park, Gouldsboro State Park and Tobyhanna State Park), and Tobyhanna Army Depot (a major element of the Communications-Electronics Command and the largest Communications-Electronics repair, overhaul and fabrication facility in the Department of Defense).


Map of Monroe County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Boroughs (red), Townships (white), and Census-designated places (blue).

Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and, in at most two cases, towns. The following cities, boroughs and townships are located in Monroe County:



Census-designated places

Census-designated places are geographical areas designated by the U.S. Census Bureau for the purposes of compiling demographic data. They are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law.

Unincorporated communities

See also


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  14. Monroe County Transit Authority. Retrieved on 2013-08-09.
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  16. Monroe County Transportation Authority, The Pocono Pony's Shared Ride Service. Retrieved on 2013-08-09.
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