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Monroe County is a county located in the northeastern portion of the state of Missouri. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 8,840. Its county seat is Paris.
Named for United States President James Monroe.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Originally a part of Ralls County. Formed by an act of the state legislature on January 6, 1831. On the north are Shelby and Marion Counties; on the east, Ralls; on the south, Audrain; on the west, Macon and Randolph. Named for James Monroe (1758-1831), whose term as president had expired six years earlier. He died on July 4, six months after the county was formed. (History of Monroe and Shelby, 93-94, State Laws, First Session of Sixth General Assembly, 21- 21; Penn Brace)
Source: Leech, Esther. "Place Names Of Six East Central Counties Of Missouri." M.A. thesis., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1933.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 670 square miles (1,700 km2), of which 648 square miles (1,680 km2) is
land and 23 square miles (60 km2) (3.4%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Holliday C-2 School District - Holliday
Madison C-3 School District - Madison
Middle Grove C-1 School District - Madison
Monroe City R-I School District - Monroe City
Paris R-II School District - Paris
Holy Rosary School - Monroe City (K-09) - Roman Catholic
Foundation for Life Christian School - Paris (PK-12) - Nondenominational Christian