Monroe County is a county located in the northeastern portion of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,840.  It's county seat is located in Paris, Missouri.

The county was organized January 6, 1831 and named for James Monroe, fifth President of the United States.  

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 670 square miles, of which 648 square miles is land and 23 square miles is water.

Adjacent Counties:

  • Shelby County (north)
  • Marion County (northeast)
  • Ralls County (east)
  • Audrain County (south)
  • Randolph County (west)

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,840 people, 3,656 households, and 2,566 families residing in the county. The population density is 14 people per square mile. There were 4,565 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 94.66% white, 3.83% African American, 1.51% other.

There are 3,656 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.10% are married and/or couples living together, The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population is spread out with 25.90% under the age of 18, 7.30% from 18 to 24, 25.00% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 17.60% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,871, and the median income for a family was $36,895.  

Local Government:

The Democratic Party controls most politics at the local level in Monroe County. Democrats hold all of the elected positions in the county except for the Western District Commissioner which is Republican.

State Government:

District 5 - Lindell F. Shumake
201 West Capitol Avenue
Room 404-A
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: 573-751-3613

District 40 - Jim Hansen
201 West Capitol Avenue
Room 111
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: 573-751-4028

Jeanie Riddle
201 W Capitol Ave., Rm. 417
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
Phone: 573-751-2757

Federal Government:

US Senate - Democrat Claire McCaskill

US Senate - Republican Roy Blunt

Sixth (6th) Congressional District - Sam Graves