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Monroe County is a county located in the state of Indiana. The
population was 137,974 at the 2010 census. Monroe
County was created on April 10, 1818. The county
seat is Bloomington. The county is named
for United States President James Monroe.
Monroe County is part of the Bloomington, Indiana, Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The county is named for James Monroe who was the fifth President of the United States and author of the "Monroe Doctrine" which proclaims foreign aggression in this hemisphere will be seen as a direct threat against the United States.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Monroe County was organized April 10, 1818. It was named for James Monroe, fifth President of the United States, who was serving at the time the county was organized.
Monroe County is divided into 11 Civil Townships as follows: Bean Blossom, Benton, Bloomington, Clear Creek, Indian Creek, Perry, Polk, Richland, Salt Creek, Van Buren and Washington. The township once known as Marion in now included in Benton Township.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 411 square miles (1,065 km2), of which 394 square miles (1,021 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) (4.13%) is water.
Monroe county is located close to the center of Indiana. Part of the Hoosier National Forest is in this county.
Bordering counties are as follows: