Monroe, Nebraska

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Monroe is a village in Platte County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 307 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Monroe is located at 41°28′29″N 97°36′2″W / 41.47472°N 97.60056°W / 41.47472; -97.60056 (41.474662, -97.600431)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²), all of it land.

Economy

The economy is primarily based on agricultural support. Most residents either work directly with agricultural interests, or commute to Columbus, Nebraska (approximately 14 miles to the east) to work. Transportation access is Nebraska Highway 22, and a main rail line owned by the Nebraska Central Railroad (formerly owned by Union Pacific). There is no public transportation available to or within the village.

Active businesses in Monroe are one large grain elevator, currently owned by the Tri-Valley Co-op. A convenience store/grocery/gas station/truck stop called M-Mart now occupies the former ice cream shop location. Another gas station is across the highway from it. There is a gift shop located on the highway in the former irrigation dealership, which also has a large warehouse behind where some former owners have had a nice antique store. On Main Street there is currently a bank and a tavern–restaurant. Monroe formerly hosted a small IGA Grocery, Chevrolet dealership, a hardware store, an ice cream shop called Dairy sweet, irrigation dealership, and an agricultural supply dealership. There were also formerly two other gas stations, one of which included a repair shop.

Education

In 2001, Monroe, Silver Creek, and Genoa merged into a single Twin River School District.[4] After the consolidation, only a K-6 school remained in Monroe.[5] This was closed in the fall of 2007.[6] The school district retains possession of the Monroe gym, which it uses for junior high athletic events.[7]

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 307 people, 119 households, and 89 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,753.8 people per square mile (658.5/km²). There were 125 housing units at an average density of 714.1/sq mi (268.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.37% White, 0.33% Pacific Islander, 1.30% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.63% of the population.

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