Monroe, Washington is a city with a small town atmosphere located on U.S. Route 2 in Snohomish County with easy access to Steven's Pass and the Seattle, Bellevue and Everett metropolitan areas.

Located in the lush Skykomish river valley, Monroe is in an area of natural beauty. Because of its proximity to the Cascade Mountains and Stevens Pass, residents of Monroe have many opportunities for fishing, white-water rafting on the Skykomish river, hiking, skiing, climbing and camping minutes away. The mountain wilderness east of Monroe has many forests, streams, waterfalls and mountain lakes. The valley is well-suited to bicyclists who have many miles of country roads through scenic farmlands dotted with U-pick farms and roadside fruit and vegetable stands.

Incorporated in 1902 and named for President James Monroe, the town's early days had roots in logging and sawmills and then farming and dairy.  The city has a current population of approximately 16,000 in 5.8 square miles.Situated on US-2, Monroe can have severe traffic problems with gridlock in the summer months and holidays. There has been some planning to create a US-2 bypass of the city.One of the town's major employers is the Monroe Correctional complex which was founded in 1910. Getting ThereThe major road ways to get to Monroe are US-2 and  SR 203, the Monroe-Duvall Road. Monroe also has train and Amtrak service which takes one from Seattle-Everett-Monroe-Leavenworth-Wenatchee.
  • Monroe is 17 miles east of Everett via U.S. Route 2
  • Monroe is 25 miles North-East of Bellevue via Interstate 405 and WA-522
  • Monrose is 30 miles  north of Seattle via Interstate 5 and  WA-522
  • Monroe is 50 miles east, via U.S. 2, of Stevens Pass, a popular ski resort
  • Monroe is 85 east of Leavenworth, WA via U.S. 2.
  • Small towns between Monroe and Leavenworth along U.S. 2 are Sultan, Startup, Gold Bar, Index, Baring and Skykomish.
  • Monroe High School serves the city and has approximately 1824 students, 9-12.
  • Leaders in Learning  is an alternative high school providing individualized studies for 157 students.
  • The Monroe Transition Center provides special education services.
While there are no institutions of higher learning inside the city, there are community college and universities within a relatively short commute:
  • Everett Community College, 17 miles
  • Lake Washington Technical College, about 10 miles
  • Edmonds Community College, about 15 miles
  • Bellevue Community College, about 28 miles
  • City University, about 20 miles
  • Seattle Community College North Campus, about 27 miles
  • Seattle University, about 35 miles
  • University of Washington Bothell Campus, about 16 miles
  • University of Washington Seattle Campus, about 30 miles
Major EmployersMonroe Correctional - Attractions & ParksLinks