Monroe, North Carolina Population 2021

35,790
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Monroe is a city located in Union County North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 35,790, it is the 27th largest city in North Carolina and the 1101st largest city in the United States . Monroe is currently growing at a rate of 0.35% annually and its population has increased by 9.13% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 32,797 in 2010. Monroe reached it's highest population of 35,790 in 2021. Spanning over 31 miles, Monroe has a population density of 1,180 people per square mile.

The average household income in Monroe is $65,403 with a poverty rate of 17.89%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $981 per month, and the median house value is $164,000. The median age in Monroe is 35.2 years, 32.4 years for males, and 37.2 years for females.

Monroe Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Monroe was:

  • White: 66.66%
  • Black or African American: 25.77%
  • Other race: 4.30%
  • Two or more races: 2.26%
  • Asian: 0.60%
  • Native American: 0.35%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of Monroe, North Carolina is 35,790 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 35,415.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 32,797.

Monroe, North Carolina Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White23,40166.66%
Black or African American9,04725.77%
Some Other Race1,5104.30%
Two or More Races7952.26%
Asian2100.60%
American Indian and Alaska Native1240.35%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander180.05%
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Monroe Population by Race

Monroe Population Pyramid $2021

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Monroe Median Age

35.2


Total

32.4


Male

37.2


Female

Monroe Adults

There are 25,818 adults, (4,498 of whom are seniors) in Monroe.

Monroe Age Dependency

64.7

Age Dependency Ratio

21.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

43.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Monroe Sex Ratio

Female

17,995

51.26%

Male

17,110

48.74%

Monroe Population by Age

Monroe Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Monroe Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married74.3%25.7%
All59.6%40.4%
Non Family52.8%47.2%
Male43.6%56.4%
Female35.7%64.3%

59.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Monroe Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All11,4823.0159.6
Married5,6833.4574.3
Non Family2,8251.352.8
Female2,1523.6335.7
Male8224.1443.6

3.45

Average Family Size

3.01

Average Household Size

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Monroe Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,30910.55%
9th to 12th Grade2,51511.49%
High School Graduate6,58130.06%
Some College5,01022.89%
Associates Degree1,7868.16%
Bachelors Degree2,66812.19%
Graduate Degree1,0234.67%
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Monroe Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Monroe Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White11,0269,9572,754
Black5,4334,555529
Hispanic4,8862,083310
Other Race68531766
2+ Races40932757
Asian16616646
Native American10578
Islander88

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 27.71%.

Monroe Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,524$37,965$26,725
Less Than 9th Grade$22,956$27,164$15,392
High School Graduate$26,682$34,848$19,986
Some College$40,703$50,314$30,554
Bachelors Degree$43,785$46,908$42,358
Graduate Degree$49,408$53,125$45,952

$31,524

Average Earnings

$37,965

Average Male

$26,725

Average Female

Monroe Earnings by Educational Attainment

Monroe Language by Age

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Monroe Language

70.28% of Monroe residents speak only English, while 29.72% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 27.84% of the population.

Monroe Language

Monroe Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic10,2412,38523.29%
Black8,9172,37126.59%
White14,5071,2968.93%
Other1,51038425.43%
Multiple74518825.23%
Native1244032.26%
Islander1818100.00%

17.89%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.46%

Male Poverty Rate

19.25%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Monroe

The race most likely to be in poverty in Monroe is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Monroe is White, with 8.93% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.58%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.30%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.70%.

Monroe Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade24.70%
High School13.93%
Some College9.18%
Bachelors or Greater4.82%

Monroe Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed45.87%
Female Unemployed17.35%
Female Employed10.41%
Male Employed5.59%

Monroe Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Monroe Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$51,754$65,403
Families$59,013$71,268
Married Families$78,543-
Non Families$35,931$41,265
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Income by Household Type

Monroe Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

45.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.9%

Male Marriage Rate

42.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Monroe Married by Age and Sex

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Monroe Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Monroe Marital Status by Race

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Monroe Marital Status

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1,698

Number of Veterans

1,563

Male Veterans

135

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam628
First Gulf War450
Second Gulf War290
Korea105
World War II24

Monroe Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54490
55 to 64358
65 to 74349
75+348
18 to 34153

Monroe Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,1516.58%
Black4977.69%
Hispanic721.17%
Other Race343.35%
2+ Races163.29%

Monroe Veterans by Race

Monroe Veterans by Education

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4.20%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.90%

Veteran Disability Rate

Monroe Veterans by Education

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66.1%

Labor Force Participation

60.4%

Employment Rate

8.6%

Unemployment Rate

Monroe Employment by Age

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Monroe Employment by Race

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Monroe Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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53.06%

Born in Monroe

84.03%

Native Born

15.97%

Foreign Born

12.50%

Non Citizen

3.47%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

84.03% of Monroe residents were born in the United States, with 53.06% having been born in North Carolina. 12.50% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Monroe Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202135,7901250.35%
202035,6651250.35%
201935,5401250.35%
201835,4151900.54%
201735,2254461.28%
201634,7793561.03%
201534,4232310.68%
201434,1923721.10%
201333,8202290.68%
201233,5913030.91%
201133,2883020.92%
201032,9866,7582.32%
200026,22810,1014.98%
199016,1273,4882.47%
198012,6391,3571.14%
197011,2824000.36%
196010,8827420.71%
195010,1403,6654.59%
19406,4753750.60%
19306,1002,0164.09%
19204,08420.00%
19104,0821,6825.45%
19002,4000.00%

Monroe Population by Year