Living in Monroe, N.C.

    Named after the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, this Union County town has long been a stopping point between North Carolina’s major cities of Charlotte and Wilmington.

    Today, it’s an important hub of manufacturing and commerce complete with a revitalized downtown area full of boutiques and restaurants.

    The newly opened Monroe Expressway shuttles residents to Charlotte in record time, but there is enough in the city itself to keep people fulfilled.

    Vitals

    Population: 32,797

    Commute distance to Uptown: 50 minutes

    Median age: 33.5

    Median household income: $45,803

    Median home sales price: $147,300

    Average rent: $889

    Things to do in Monroe

    Treehouse Vineyards. Family owned for more than 50 years, Treehouse is a mix between a B&B and a winery. Details.

    Southern Range Brewing. The downtown Monroe craft brewery is a neighborhood hangout. Details.

    Stone Table. This laid-back spot offers creative Southern sandwiches. Details.

    Aw Shucks! Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch. Groups from elementary school field trips to corporate events will find a home here. Try the soda shop. Details.

    Monroe real estate

    The city of Monroe offers plenty of bang for your buck in single-family homes, with estates of 4,000 square feet available under $500,000. Monroe also has a wealth of options for people looking for new construction.

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