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Missouri has one hundred and fourteen counties and one independent city. St. Louis City is separate from St. Louis County and is referred to as a "city not within a county." Following the Louisiana Purchase and the admittance of Louisiana into the United States in 1812, five counties were formed out of the Missouri Territory at the first general assembly. Most subsequent counties were apportioned from these five original counties.

Monroe County, Missouri

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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.

Etymology - Origin of Monroe County Name

Named for United States President James Monroe.


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History of Monroe County

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.

Geography: Land and Water

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.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Shelby County (north)
  • Marion County (northeast)
  • Ralls County (east)
  • Audrain County (south)
  • Randolph County (west)


Public schools

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

Private schools

Holy Rosary School - Monroe City (K-09) - Roman Catholic
Foundation for Life Christian School - Paris (PK-12) - Nondenominational Christian

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