Monroe, North Carolina Population 2024

38,004

Monroe is a city located in Union County North Carolina. Monroe has a 2024 population of 38,004. It is also the county seat of Union County.Monroe is currently growing at a rate of 2.68% annually and its population has increased by 9.67% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 34,653 in 2020.

The average household income in Monroe is $82,663 with a poverty rate of 11.7%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Monroe is 36.1 years, 33.5 years for males, and 37.1 years for females.

Monroe Demographics

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

  • White: 55.2%
  • Black or African American: 23.05%
  • Other race: 11.69%
  • Two or more races: 8.43%
  • Native American: 1.02%
  • Asian: 0.62%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
30.3 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,253.30/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
9.67% (3,351)
The current population of Monroe, North Carolina is 38,004 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 34,653.

Monroe, North Carolina Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White19,26255.2%
Black or African American8,04423.05%
Other race4,07911.69%
Two or more races2,9418.43%
Native American3561.02%
Asian2150.62%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
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White

Black or African American

Other race

Two or more races

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Monroe Population by Race

Monroe Population Pyramid 2024

Monroe Median Age

36.1

Total

33.5

Male

37.1

Female

Monroe Adults

There are 26,352 adults, (5,044 of whom are seniors) in Monroe.

Monroe Age Dependency

63.8

Age Dependency Ratio

23.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Monroe Sex Ratio

Female17,66550.62%
Male17,23249.38%

Monroe Population by Age

Monroe Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All11,7002.9359.540.5
Married5,5763.7177.922.1
Non Family3,5471.341.558.5
Female1,8863.294753
Male6914.0537.662.4
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3.54

Average Family Size

2.93

Average Household Size

59.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Monroe Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Monroe Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Monroe Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 90.3%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 46.22%.

Monroe Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$39,656

Average Earnings

$43,092

Average Male

$35,197

Average Female

Monroe Earnings by Educational Attainment

Monroe Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Monroe Language

72.03% of Monroe residents speak only English, while 27.97% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 26.13% of the population.

Monroe Language

Monroe Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Black7,9571,49118.74%
Hispanic9,7321,35213.89%
White14,8901,0216.86%
Other4,07288621.76%
Multiple2,9351224.16%
Native3565415.17%
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11.7%

Overall Poverty Rate

9.65%

Male Poverty Rate

13.69%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Monroe

The race most likely to be in poverty in Monroe is Other, with 21.76% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Monroe is Multiple, with 4.16% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.79%. Among those working part-time, it was 10.27%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.48%.

Monroe Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade19.47%
Some College9.08%
High School8.72%
Bachelors or Greater5.44%
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Monroe Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed36.49%
Male Unemployed25.75%
Female Employed6.3%
Male Employed3%
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Monroe Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Monroe Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Monroe Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

45.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.8%

Male Marriage Rate

43.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Monroe Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Monroe Marriage

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

Monroe Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Monroe Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

1,649

Number of Veterans

1,490

Male Veterans

159

Female Veterans

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Monroe Veterans by War

count

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Monroe Veterans by Age

count

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Monroe Veterans by Race

Monroe Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

2.48%

Veteran Poverty Rate

18.15%

Veteran Disability Rate

Monroe Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

64.5%

Labor Force Participation

60.5%

Employment Rate

6.2%

Unemployment Rate

Monroe Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Monroe Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Monroe Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

46.93%

Born in Monroe

83.35%

Native Born

16.65%

Foreign Born

13.08%

Non Citizen

3.57%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

83.35% of Monroe residents were born in the United States, with 46.93% having been born in North Carolina. 13.08% 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

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202942,9699932.37%
202841,9769932.42%
202740,9839932.48%
202639,9909932.55%
202538,9979932.61%
202438,0049932.68%
202337,0119932.76%
202236,0189932.84%
202135,0253721.07%
202034,653-853-2.4%
201935,506480.14%
201835,4582180.62%
201735,2404351.25%
201634,8053771.1%
201534,4282320.68%
201434,1963751.11%
201333,8212290.68%
201233,5923020.91%
201133,2903060.93%
201032,9846,75625.76%
200026,22810,10162.63%
199016,1273,48827.6%
198012,6391,35712.03%
197011,2824003.68%
196010,8827427.32%
195010,1403,66556.6%
19406,4753756.15%
19306,1002,01649.36%
19204,08420.05%
19104,0821,68270.08%
19002,400
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Monroe Population by Year