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Monroe, Michigan
Monroe’s historic downtown on South Monroe Street
Location in Monroe County and the state of Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Monroe
Platted 1817
Incorporated 1837
 • Mayor Robert Clark
 • City 10.19 sq mi (26.39 km2)
 • Land 9.17 sq mi (23.75 km2)
 • Water 1.02 sq mi (2.64 km2)
Elevation 594 ft (182 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 20,733
 • Estimate (2012) 20,535
 • Density 2,261.0/sq mi (873.0/km2)
 • Urban 51,240 (US: 490th)
 • Metro 151,560 (US: 264th)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 48161, 48162
Area code(s) 734
FIPS code 26-55020
GNIS feature ID 0632572
Census Pop.
1840 1,703
1850 2,813 65.2%
1860 3,892 38.4%
1870 5,086 30.7%
1880 4,930 −3.1%
1890 5,258 6.7%
1900 5,043 −4.1%
1910 6,893 36.7%
1920 11,573 67.9%
1930 18,110 56.5%
1940 18,478 2.0%
1950 21,467 16.2%
1960 22,968 7.0%
1970 23,894 4.0%
1980 23,531 −1.5%
1990 22,625 −3.9%
2000 22,076 −2.4%
2010 20,733 −6.1%
Est. 2011 20,672 −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
2011 estimate
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  • Loading - Each of your belongings is labeled, inventoried and loaded in a systematic process. Additionally, all upholstered furniture is wrapped in stretch wrap, a strong, clear plastic that completely covers the furniture, protecting it from dirt and damage.
  • Transportation - All of our trailers are equipped with air-ride suspension systems to ensure the contents travel in the safest manner possible. All trucks are driven by professional household movers with the best training in the industry.
  • Unloading - Upon arrival, all items are inventoried as they are unloaded. When unloading, furniture, boxes and other belongings are placed in the rooms you designate. Assembly of beds, bookcases and other furniture is available upon request. Additionally, our household movers will protect your new home by using several types of floor runners to prevent stains or scratches on carpet and wood flooring.
Monroe MI 48161
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July 21, 2016
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September 01, 2014
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I loved everything about Rose Moving! Our salesman, Jim, was very helpful in explaining to us the entire process of hiring a professional moving company. All of my moves in the past were done the "old fashioned" way which I have to be honest, I'll never do again after how smooth everything was with Rose. I hate asking friends and family for help.

After Jim made us feel comfortable, he gave us a quote that was a little more than I thought it would be, but again... this is my first time hiring a "real" movers. Don't tell Jim this, but I did send out his quote to a couple competitors who came back in the same ballpark. :P

It tooks us a couple of months to nail down move dates. After we had those figured out we called our move coordinator, Judy, and let her know. If you've never used a moving company like me, you have no clue what to expect. Judy literally called and/or e-mailed me on days that I was freaking out... almost like she was reading my mind. I'd say over the course of our move, I spoke with her at least a dozen times. She made me feel like I was in control of everything even though I didn't lift a finger. :)

The lead foreman during the delivery (can't remember his name) was very professional which kept my stress level down to almost non-existent. His crew worked hard and unloaded all of my stuff in what had to be a record time. I couldn't believe how quick it went.

I opted to hire them for help with the unpacking and that was SOOOO worth it. I didn't have to worry about breaking my back trying to open all those boxes (I can't even tell you how many there were). I honestly didn't think I had so much stuff. They even removed all the boxes and cleaned up the debris.

I was able to sit down and relax the first night in my new home - thanks to Rose Moving & Storage! I'm so glad I found you.
November 01, 2013

Monroe (Get Moves Cost for Monroe, MI) is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 20,733 at the 2010 census. It is the largest city and county seat of Monroe County. The city is bordered on the south by Monroe Charter (Monroe Charter, MI Moving Reviews), but both are politically independent. The city is located approximately 14 mi (23 km) north of Toledo, Ohio and 25 mi (40 km) south of Detroit. The United States Census Bureau lists Monroe as the core city in the Monroe Metropolitan Area, which had a population of 152,021 in 2010. Monroe itself is officially part of the Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint CSA, and Monroe is also sometimes unofficially included as a northerly extension of the Toledo Metropolitan Area.

Settled as early as 1784, Monroe (Get Moving Cost for Monroe, MI) was platted in 1817 and was named after then-President James Monroe (Get Relocation Prices for Monroe, MI). Today, the city has a strong sense of historic preservationism and is remembered for the Battle of Frenchtown during the War of 1812, as well as being the childhood residence of George Armstrong Custer and other members of his family, including his wife Elizabeth Bacon and brother Boston Custer. The city has numerous historic museums and landmarks. Monroe (Get Moving Estimate for Monroe, MI) is also recognized as the home of Belgian Feather Bowling, and the La-Z-Boy world headquarters.


The area was settled by Native American tribes (specifically the Potawatomi) hundreds of years before the French reached the area for the first time in the late seventeenth-century. Robert de LaSalle claimed the area for New France after his 1679 expedition on the Griffon. In 1784, Francis Navarre was given a portion of land south of the River Raisin by the Potawatomi. Frenchtown was settled shortly thereafter as the third European settlement in the state. Around the same time, the Sandy Creek Settlement was established just north of Frenchtown by Joseph Porlier Benec.

Front Street 2010
Front Street 1900
Front Street looking east toward the Old Village around the year 1900 (top) and in 2010 (bottom)

Because of its proximity to Detroit (Detroit, MI Moving Company), the area was of strategic importance during the War of 1812, especially after Detroit (Detroit, MI Moving) surrendered to the British in August 1812. American forces en route to retake Detroit (Detroit, MI Moving Company) had camped in the area of the River Raisin in the winter of 1812-13. A force of 200 Native Americans and 63 Canadian militia were made to retreat north away from the River Raisin by 600 Kentucky militiamen and 100 French, under the command of James Winchester, on January 18, 1813. This skirmish was later dubbed the 'First Battle of the River Raisin'. However, on January 22, a force of 800 Native Americans and 597 British, under Henry Procter (British Army officer), surprised the force of 1,000 Americans and captured Frenchtown. Many of the American militia were inexperienced, ill-trained and badly equipped. They suffered 397 killed and 547 captured. The British and their allies suffered slight losses.

When the British departed with their captives to Detroit (Detroit, MI Relocation Company), they left Americans too wounded to walk in the homes of Frenchtown inhabitants under the guard of a small British detachment and their Native American allies. The morning after the Battle, Native Americans returned to Frenchtown, plundering and burning homes, killing and scalping many of the remaining Americans, and taking others as personal property. The official U.S. estimate of the aftermath include a dozen named individuals killed and up to 30 more who were likely killed in this manner. British estimates put the number at about six. This event became known throughout the country as the River Raisin Massacre.

The battle is known as the Battle of Frenchtown (or the Second Battle of the River Raisin). Today, the site of the battle houses a small visitor center and the recently authorized River Raisin National Battlefield Park.

Custer’s statue, unveiled in 1910, now sits at the corner of Elm Street and Monroe (Get Moves Quote for Monroe, MI) Street.

The area of Frenchtown was renamed and incorporated as the village of Monroe in honor of President James Monroe, who visited the Michigan Territory in 1817. In the same year, the city of Monroe was named the county seat of the newly created Monroe (Monroe, MI Relocation Company). Monroe was re-incorporated as a city in 1837.

Monroe (Get Relocation Cost for Monroe, MI) is known for the residency of United States Major General George Armstrong Custer (1839–1876) during his childhood. While he was not born in Monroe (Get Moving Estimate for Monroe, MI), Custer spent much of his childhood living in Monroe (Get Move Prices for Monroe, MI), and it was where he later met and married Elizabeth Bacon (1842–1933) during the Civil War in 1864. In 1910, President William Howard Taft and the widowed Elizabeth Bacon unveiled an equestrian statue of Custer (George Armstrong Custer Equestrian Monument) that now stands at the corner of Elm Street and Monroe (Get Relocation Cost for Monroe, MI) Street. The Custer connection is also commemorated in street names, various historic markers, buildings, schools, and the Custer Airport. City limit signs for Monroe (Get Movers Estimate for Monroe, MI) describe the city as "the home of General Custer."

The famous La-Z-Boy furniture company was founded in Monroe (Get Movers Estimate for Monroe, MI) in 1927. Their world headquarters are still located in Monroe (Get Relocation Estimate for Monroe, MI) on Telegraph Road.

In 1974, the Monroe (Get Relocation Quote for Monroe, MI) Power Plant, currently the fourth largest coal firing plant in North America, opened. At 805 feet (245 m) tall, the dual smokestacks are the visible from over 25 miles (40 km) away and are among the tallest structures in the state.


2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 20,733 people, 8,238 households, and 5,277 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,261.0 inhabitants per square mile (873.0 /km2). There were 9,158 housing units at an average density of 998.7 per square mile (385.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.4% White, 6.2% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 1.2% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.1% of the population.

There were 8,238 households of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.7% were married couples living together, 17.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.9% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.05.

The median age in the city was 36.3 years. 26.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.4% were from 45 to 64; and 13.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.0% male and 53.0% female.

2000 census

In the census of 2000, there were 22,076 people, 8,594 households, and 5,586 families in the city. The population density was 2,440.9 per square mile (942.9/km²). There were 9,107 housing units at an average density of 1,007.0 per square mile (389.0/km²). The racial makeup was 90.87% White, 5.07% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.84% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.90% from other races, and 2.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.76% of the population.

There were 8,594 households of which 33.6% had children under 18 living with them, 46.6% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size 3.10.

In the city the population was 26.9% under 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who 65 or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $41,810, and the median income for a family $51,442. Males had a median income of $42,881 versus $25,816 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,948. 9.0% of families and 12.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.0% of those under 18 and 16.1% of those 65 or over.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.19 square miles (26.39 km2), of which, 9.17 square miles (23.75 km2) is land and 1.02 square miles (2.64 km2) is water. Monroe sits at the lowest elevation in state of Michigan, which is the shores of Lake Erie at 571 feet (174 meters). The average elevation of the city of Monroe is 594 feet (182 meters). The Port of Monroe is the only Michigan port on Lake Erie, and Sterling (Sterling, MI Movers) State Park is the only of Michigan's 98 state parks located on or near Lake Erie. The River Raisin and Sandy Creek travel through Monroe, although these waterways are unnavigable.


Monroe (Get Move Prices for Monroe, MI) lies in the humid continental climate zone. Monroe (Get Movers Estimate for Monroe, MI) only receives an average of 28.5 inches (72.4 cm) of snow a year — the lowest average snowfall for any large city in the state. July is the warmest month with an average high temperature of 84 °F (29 °C), and January is the coldest month with an average low temperature of 16 °F (-9 °C). Monroe (Get Relocation Estimate for Monroe, MI) does not normally have extremely hot or cold temperatures. On average, the temperature only drops below 0 °F (-18 °C) a couple of times during a winter season, and it is even rarer for the temperature to rise above 100 °F (38 °C) during the summer. The coldest recorded temperature was -21 °F (-29 °C) on February 5, 1918. The highest recorded temperature was 106 °F (41 °C) on July 24, 1934, with another equal temperature recorded on one occasion many years earlier.

Climate data for Monroe (Get Movers Cost for Monroe, MI), Michigan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 70
Average high °F (°C) 31
Average low °F (°C) 16
Record low °F (°C) −18
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.6
Snowfall inches (cm) 7.4


The Hall of the Divine Child, now the Norman Towers senior citizens residence, was a boarding school in Monroe (Get Moves Cost for Monroe, MI) from 1918–1980.

The city of Monroe is served by only one large public school district, Monroe Public Schools (MPS), which enrolls approximately 6,700 students. MPS operates nine elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, one alternative high school, and two specialized education centers. At around 2,100 students, Monroe High School is one of the largest high schools in the state. Monroe is also served by the Monroe (Monroe, MI Moving Company) Intermediate School District, which provides services to other schools in the form of special education services, support staff, substitute teachers, and educational technology (such as computers and distance learning). Students in Monroe may also attend one of two public charter schools, and there are also over a dozen various parochial schools in and around Monroe. In 2012, the three largest parochial elementary schools (St. Michael the Archangel, St. Mary and St. John the Baptist)merged to form Monroe Catholic Elementary Schools, serving infants through 8th Grade. The St. Michael Campus hosts infants through 1st grade, while St. John hosts 2nd through 4th grade and St. Mary functions as the Middle School for grades 5 through 8. The largest of the parochial schools is St. Mary Catholic Central High School, which enrolls over 400 students a year and has a full sports program that competes against the other public school districts. Students may also be homeschooled.

Marygrove College, sponsored by the local Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM), was founded in Monroe in 1905 as a Catholic, liberal arts college. The college then moved to its current location in Detroit in 1927. The IHM also operated a boarding school, the Hall of the Divine Child, in Monroe from 1918–1980. Monroe (Monroe, Michigan Relocation Companies) Community College was founded in 1964 just west of Monroe. It is the only higher education school in Monroe (Monroe, Michigan Relocation Company).


Top employers

According to the City's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Mercy Memorial Hospital 1,600
2 County of Monroe (Get Relocation Quote for Monroe, MI) 1,062
3 DTE Energy 530
4 La-Z-Boy 522
5 Macsteel 450
6 Monroe (Get Move Prices for Monroe, MI) Bank & Trust 401
7 Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary 265
8 City of Monroe (Get Moving Prices for Monroe, MI) 205
9 Monroe (Get Movers Quote for Monroe, MI) Publishing Company 200
10 SYGMA Network 162


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The city of Monroe (Get Relocation Quote for Monroe, MI) is served by the Lake Erie Transit public transportation bus system. Established in 1975, Lake Erie Transit currently has a fleet of 31 buses and serves approximately 400,000 riders every year. In 2008, the system logged 764,000 miles. The system operates buses on eight fixed routes in and around the city of Monroe (Get Move Cost for Monroe, MI). It also serves several neighboring townships outside of its normal routes should a passenger call ahead for a ride. From Bedford Township, its provides transportation to and from two shopping malls in Toledo, Ohio.

  • I-75 travels through Monroe and provides access to Toledo and Detroit (Detroit, MI Mover Reviews). There are five interchanges in and near Monroe: LaPlaisance Road (exit 11), Front Street (exit 13), Elm Street (exit 14), North Dixie Highway (exit 15), and Nadeau Road (exit 18).
  • I-275 has its southern terminus just north of Monroe. Splitting off from I-75, I-275 is a western bypass around Detroit (Detroit, MI Moving Reviews) but does not actually merge back with I-75. Aside from I-75, the highway can be accessed near Monroe by US 24 (Telegraph Road) via exit 2.
  • M-50 terminates in Monroe at US 24 and provides a direct route to Dundee, Jackson (Jackson, MI Moving Companies), and further. In Monroe, M-50 is known locally as South Custer Road. Its former terminus used to be I-75 at exit 15.
  • US 24 travels through Monroe and provides access to Toledo and western portions of Detroit (Detroit, MI Mover Reviews). The road is known locally as North Telegraph and South Telegraph — divided at the River Raisin. US 24 also connects to I-275 just north of Monroe.
  • M-125 travels directly through the downtown area before merging into US 24 north of Monroe. South of downtown after Jones Avenue, it is called South Dixie Highway. In the downtown area, it is South Monroe (South Monroe, MI Moving Company) Street. North of the River Raisin, it is North Monroe Street.
  • M-130 was a state highway existing from 1930 until 1955 and ran along the northern banks of the River Raisin. M-130 had its eastern terminus at US 24 and ran for just over nine miles (14 km). In 1955, control of the highway was transferred back to the county. Today, it is called North Custer (Custer, Michigan Moving Company) Road.
  • Dixie Highway ran through Monroe (Get Move Estimate for Monroe, MI) in as early as 1915. It was originally one of the few ways to reach places like Florida, but the highway was largely replaced by I-75 beginning in the 1960s. Today, the namesake of the highway is used for two non-connecting highways (one being M-125), although the same route and remnants of the original highway are long gone.
  • US 25 was the designated name for the portion of Dixie Highway north of Cincinnati, including the portion running through Monroe (Get Move Quote for Monroe, MI). Like Dixie Highway, US 25 was largely replaced, and the existing highway was truncated at Cincinnati.
  • Custer Airport was built in 1946 and is located on the former M-130. It is a very small and seldom used airport. There are no commercial or passenger flights departing from or arriving at Custer Airport. There is one paved runway used by small personal airplanes. There is also a small aviation school on the site. All air services in the area are primarily through the Metro Airport in Wayne (Wayne, Michigan Movers).

Notable people

  • Frankie Biggz (b. Francisco Andres Lucio, 1973), record producer, singer-songwriter, musician and DJ.
  • Vic Braden (b. 1929), former tennis champion and coach.
  • Christie Brinkley (b. 1954), model, born in Monroe (Get Moving Quote for Monroe, MI).
  • Robert K. Brown (b. 1932), combat correspondent, investigative journalist, and founder/editor/publisher of Soldier of Fortune magazine.
  • Horace Thompson Carpenter (1857–1947), artist and art critic/historian.
  • Kenny Chesney (b. 1968), country music artist has relatives in Monroe (Get Move Estimate for Monroe, MI).
  • Isaac P. Christiancy (1812–1890), former Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.
  • Ken W. Clawson (Clawson, MI Moving Company) (1936–1999), Deputy Director of Communications for President Richard Nixon during Watergate scandal.
  • Audie Cole (b. 1989), American football player.
  • Oliver H. P. Cowdery (1806–1850), important figure in founding of the Latter Day Saint movement, lived in Monroe (Get Relocation Quote for Monroe, MI).
  • Boston Custer (1848–1876), younger brother of George Custer, lived in Monroe (Get Move Prices for Monroe, MI), killed at Battle of Little Big Horn.
  • Elizabeth Bacon Custer (1842–1933), wife of General Custer, born in Monroe (Get Relocation Cost for Monroe, MI).
  • George Armstrong Custer (1839–1876), world-famous warrior, lived much of his early life in Monroe (Get Moving Cost for Monroe, MI), killed also at Little Big Horn.
  • Eric Daman (b. 1970), fashion designer
  • Robert S. Duncanson (1821–1872), first professional African-American artist.
  • Elisha Peyre Ferry (1825–1895), first Governor of the U.S. State of Washington (Washington, MI Mover Reviews).
  • Carl Ford (b. 1980), American football player.
  • Don Gonyea (b. 1956), White House correspondent for National Public Radio.
  • Valerie Harper (b. 1939), actress, star of sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda and Valerie, grew up in Monroe (Get Moves Prices for Monroe, MI).
  • Ernest Ingersoll (1852–1946), environmentalist and naturalist.
  • Mary Harris "Mother" Jones (1837–1930), union organizer, lived in Monroe (Get Relocation Quote for Monroe, MI).
  • Ernst G. W. Keyl (1804-1872), Lutheran clergyman; died in Monroe (Get Moves Estimate for Monroe, MI).
  • Karen Koch (b. 1951), world's first professional female ice hockey player.
  • Charles Lanman (1819–1895), author, artist and US government official.
  • Robert McClelland (1807–1880), prominent Michigan politician.
  • Bronco McKart (b. 1971), former World Boxing Organization champion.
  • J. Sterling (Sterling, MI Relocation) Morton (1832–1902), prominent conservationist, lived in Monroe from 1834–1854.
  • Roy Parmelee (1907–1981), professional baseball player, pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1929–1939.
  • Kaye Lani Rae Rafko (b. 1963), Miss America 1988.
  • Henry Armstrong Reed (1858–1876), nephew of George Custer, lived in Monroe (Get Relocation Cost for Monroe, MI), killed at Little Big Horn.
  • Paul W. Smith, WJR morning host.
  • Vern Sneider (1916–1981), novelist most famous for Teahouse of the August Moon.
  • Matt Urban (1919–1995), most decorated combat soldier of WWII.
  • James A. Roy -16th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force

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