Monroe County

Monroe County offers a rich quality of life for 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 produces 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. Industrious people make the limestone cladding used in local homes and national monuments. They create award-winning beer, wine, artisanal spirits, and food. They design complex medical devices and biopharmaceuticals with major life sciences employers like Cook Medical, Baxter, and Catalent Biologics. And at Indiana University, leaders, teachers, entrepreneurs, opera stars, poet laureates, professional athletes, and Nobel prize-winning scientists and economists emerge and thrive.

Key Stats

Population: 147,000

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

Notable Facts: Bloomington is the future home of the new 700,000-square-foot IU Health Regional Academic Center. Under construction through 2020, this innovation-driven medical complex will serve the region’s healthcare needs and provide Indiana University with a state-of-the-art academic training center for future health professionals.
Lake Monroe is Indiana’s largest lake, visited by 1 million people each year. Popular for a variety of water sports, tourists enjoy the lake on speedboats, pontoons, jet skis, kayaks, and even double-decker party boats with water slides.