Monroe County

Monroe County offers a rich quality of life to the young families, entrepreneurs, college students, and retirees who make up the fabric of the county, often recognized as one of the best places to live and retire in the US. Residents enjoy numerous festivals and art fairs, 35 miles of walking and cycling trails, and sophisticated cultural amenities from Indiana University, which brings in famous speakers and writers, theatre and ballet productions, and world-renowned music. Monroe County cherishes its small-town feeling, even with big-city offerings and a fast-growing entrepreneurship and tech sector.

Our Story

Monroe County has long been a community of makers. The industrious people of Monroe County make the limestone cladding used in local homes and national monuments. They make award-winning craft beer, wine, artisanal spirits, and food. They make complex medical devices and biopharmaceuticals with major life sciences employers like Cook Medical, Baxter, and Catalent Biologics. And at Indiana University, they make leaders, teachers, entrepreneurs, opera stars, poet laureates, professional athletes, and Nobel prize-winning scientists and economists.

Key Stats

Population: 147,000

Key Industries: Higher education, life sciences, and advanced manufacturing

Notable Facts: Lake Monroe and Hoosier National Forest attract nearly one million visitors each year. Switchyard Park, Bloomington’s newest 65-acre park project that includes a pavilion and stage, community gardens, splash pad, playground, skate park, dog park, and fitness courts, is the largest city project in Monroe County history.