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Monroe County is located in eastern Pennsylvania, situated 90 miles north of Philadelphia, 75 miles west of New York and 116 miles east of Harrisburg. Today, the County stretches across 611 square miles of rural terrain, rolling hills, and farmlands to the more populated boroughs. It consists of 16 townships and 4 boroughs. The Townships are governed by supervisors and the Boroughs by mayors. As you can see from the Census information, we are growing rapidly, and in fact, we are the second fastest growing county in Pennsylvania.

If you come to the Poconos in the spring and summer, you can enjoy excellent fishing, white-water rafting, golf, hiking, tennis, mountain biking and all manner of water sports. You may want to visit in the autumn, when you can enjoy those activities with a brilliant mosaic of color as a backdrop. Winter blankets Monroe County in white, transforming them into a playground for skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and sleigh rides.
Whatever the season, you'll find the Poconos offer great shopping and interesting historical tours, all of which makes the Poconos ideal for a family vacation, honeymoon, business or corporate meeting, motor coach trip, convention or a couples getaway - any time of the year.

Population 
1970 
1980 
1990 
        2000          
2010
 45,422
 69,409
95,709 
138,687 
169,842


Area

611 square miles (391,040 acres)

Local Municipalities

Barrett Township (2010 population - 4,225)
Chestnuthill Township (2010 population - 17,156)
Coolbaugh Township (2010 population - 20,564)
Delaware Water Gap Borough (2010 population - 746)
East Stroudsburg Borough (2010 population - 9,840)
Eldred Township (2010 population - 2,910)
Hamilton Township (2010 population - 9,083)
Jackson Township (2010 population - 7,033)
Middle Smithfield Township (2010 population - 15,997)
Mount Pocono Borough (2010 population - 3,170)
Paradise Township (2010 population - 3,186)
Pocono Township (2010 population - 11,065)
Polk Township (2010 population - 7,874)
Price Township (2010 population - 3,573)
Ross Township (2010 population - 5,940)
Smithfield Township (2010 population - 7,357)
Stroud Township (2010 population - 19,213)
Stroudsburg Borough (2010 population - 5,567)
Tobyhanna Township (2010 population - 8,554)
Tunkhannock Township (2010 population - 6,789)                             

Major Rivers

Delaware (forms eastern boundary of County)
Lehigh (forms northwestern boundary of County)
Other major waterways: Brodhead Creek, McMichaels Creek,
Pocono Creek

Major Industries

Tourism
Construction (primary housing construction)

Major Occupations

Services related to tourism and construction

Major Natural Resources

Scenic beauty, lakes, streams, mountains

Region

Pocono Mountains (part of the Appalachian chain)

Major Lakes

Tobyhanna Lake, Pocono Lake, Brown's Lake, Lake Naomi,
Stilwater Lake

Mountains

Big Pocono
Blue Mountain

Date Established as a County

1836 (formed from parts of Northampton and Pike Counties)

Major Historical Events

1853 - First railroad (Delaware, Lackawanna & Western)
1857 - First Telegraph line
1889 - Electric lighting in Stroudsburg
1955 - Flood related to hurricane - caused extensive damage
and loss of life

Places of Interest

Delaware Water Gap
Bushkill Falls
Cranberry Bog
Big Pocono State Park & Tobyhanna State Park
The International Pocono Raceway (NASCAR)
Mt. Airy Resort and Casino
Camelbeach Water Park
Great Wolf Lodge and Water Park
Shawnee Place Play & Water Park
Alpine Mountain Ski Area
Camelback Ski Area
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area
Factory Outlet Shopping

National Parks

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Colleges or Universities

East Stroudsburg University
Northampton Community College (Monroe Campus)

Famous People

J. Summerfield Staples - he was the "substitute-in-uniform"
for Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War
Bryon Lichtenberg - NASA space shuttle astronaut

 







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