Monroe is located in southwestern Wisconsin’s western upland geographic region. The Driftless Area, within the western uplands, gives way to gentle, rolling terrain that supports farming, in particular dairy farming, in Green County and the area immediately surrounding the city.
At the center of Monroe’s vibrant downtown square is the Historic Green County Courthouse, a stunning Richardsonian Romanesque style courthouse built in 1891. Surrounding the Historic Courthouse is the City’s diverse and lively downtown district. A number of unique specialty shops, professional offices, restaurants and taverns line the square. Local civic and special interest groups organize a variety of social gatherings and events, such as the summer long Concerts on the Square, the bi-annual Cheese Days, which brings in nearly 100,000 visitors, holiday parades, a Chili Cook Off and a bi-weekly farmer’s market.
Monroe is home to a number of diverse community amenities and facilities including a municipal airport with a brand new $1 million terminal, an outdoor swimming pool, sixteen parks comprised of 110 acres, the Badger State Trail, the Cheese Country Trail, the Monroe Public Library, the Behring Senior Center, the Green County Historical Museum, a performing arts center, county fairgrounds,indoor ice skating arena, skate park, curling club, Monroe Theatre Guild, and the Monroe Country Club.
Monroe residents are served by the Monroe School District, which encompasses the entire city limits of Monroe. The school district serves 2,600 students in grades 4K through 12. For higher education Blackhawk Technical College has a satellite campus located in Monroe that offers opportunities for career preparation. The UW system has two four year universities (UW-Madison, 40 miles away, and UW-Platteville, 53 miles away) and one two year campus (UW-Rock County, 37 miles away) in the Monroe region.